NASA

  • Astronaut And Innovation Icon Neil Armstrong Passes Away At 82

    Astronaut And Innovation Icon Neil Armstrong Passes Away At 82

    NBC News reports that astronaut and icon Neil Armstrong passed away earlier today due to complications from a heart-bypass operation he underwent a few weeks ago. He was 82. Though his merits were many, Armstrong was best known for one thing. On that fateful day back in July 1969, with the eyes of history watching, he clambered down the ladder on the front leg of the Lunar Module… Read More

  • Curiosity Lands On Mars, Twitter Explodes, NASA Parties Like It’s 2001?

    Curiosity Lands On Mars, Twitter Explodes, NASA Parties Like It’s 2001?

    At 10:32 p.m. PST on Sunday night, NASA’s robotic space rover, “Curiosity,” touched down on the surface of the Red Planet — in the “Gale Crater” for those keeping track. The landing was a landmark event — the culmination of eight months of space travel (Curiosity launched on November 26, 2011) and some $2.5 billion. While the mere feat of surviving a… Read More

  • Google Brings Street View To NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

    Google Brings Street View To NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

    To celebrate Kennedy Space Center’s 50th birthday, Google just added the Space Shuttle Program’s former launch facilities to its Street View service. With over 6,000 panoramic views, this is Google’s largest special collection of Street View imagery yet. This new collection gives users access to areas of the Space Center that are normally off-limits for visitors and also… Read More

  • 43 Years Ago Today, We Walked On The Moon

    43 Years Ago Today, We Walked On The Moon

    As lovers of technology and slaves to the news cycle, we all get caught up in the next new thing. The cynic in me notes that the 43rd anniversary of the moon landing – an occurrence that changed the course of history with a completeness and intensity that few warmongers have ever been able to induce – is just another moon landing anniversary. It isn’t the 25th or the 50th or… Read More

  • With Tech From Space, Ministry Of Supply Is Building The Next Generation Of Dress Shirts

    With Tech From Space, Ministry Of Supply Is Building The Next Generation Of Dress Shirts

    Nobody likes to admit it, but if you’re a working professional, there’s a good chance you’re familiar with sweat stains. The commute to work, the stress of meeting a deadline, the faulty air conditioning in the boardroom, cotton weaves — all of these things and many more have been known to conspire against you, the working professional. Luckily, Ministry of Supply… Read More

  • NASA: We’ve Been Hacked Thousands Of Times Because Of Inadequate IT Infrastructure

    NASA: We’ve Been Hacked Thousands Of Times Because Of Inadequate IT Infrastructure

    Paul Martin, NASA’s Inspector General, gave written testimony in a House committee earlier this week detailing the security threats faced by their IT infrastructure. The thrust of the document is that NASA needs to double down on cybersecurity but, naturally, needs more money to do so. Their IT budget is $1.5 billion, but of that only $58 million was spent on security. Considering… Read More

  • Google’s 3 Top Executives Have 8 Private Jets

    Google’s 3 Top Executives Have 8 Private Jets

    A surprising piece of news was buried in an article this week. Friday, The Mercury News reported the three top executives at Google, Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt, are offering to pay $33 million to finish the restoration of the historic airship hangar at Moffett Field. The giant structure, built in the 1930s and called Hangar One, sits a few miles from the Googleplex and… Read More

  • NASA To Invite 150 Of Its Twitter Followers To Mars Rover Launch

    NASA To Invite 150 Of Its Twitter Followers To Mars Rover Launch

    While giveaways and “follow us and win!” contests aren’t always worth calling out, this promotion from @NASA is too great to pass up. They’re planning on inviting 150 of their followers to watch the Curiosity Mars Rover launch. Yes, the actual launch, from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Read More

  • Colbert On Defunct Satellite: “UARS All Gonna Die!”

    Colbert On Defunct Satellite: “UARS All Gonna Die!”

    You’ve likely already heard about that defunct six-ton satellite hurtling its way to the Earth’s surface. Unless you’re paranoid, you also know that the chances of this changing anyone’s life, anywhere (save for a few NASA peeps) are very small. Like, microscopic. Still, it’s been a slow news week and the media has to keep pumping things out — and so begins… Read More

  • NASA Releases Historical Sound Bites As Ringtones

    NASA Releases Historical Sound Bites As Ringtones

    Space buffs like me are sure to get a kick out of this one: NASA has released a score of historical sound bites from the space program for use as ringtones or system sounds. I ask you, what could be more appropriate to herald an error on your PC than Jack Swigert’s “Houston, we have a problem” from Apollo 13? Or, alternately, what better way to celebrate a successful boot… Read More

  • Live Your Space Program Fantasies With A Retro NASA Camera

    Live Your Space Program Fantasies With A Retro NASA Camera

    This beauty is a Nikon F Photomic T, which first hit the streets all the back in 1965. Aside from being a gorgeous piece of retro tech, it’s also one of several NASA-owned cameras from the estate of collector Arthur Keir that have been put up for auction. Read More

  • The Nexus S Powers NASA’s Lightsaber Sparring Spheres, In Space

    The Nexus S Powers NASA’s Lightsaber Sparring Spheres, In Space

    Yes, that headline sounds a little ridiculous. But it’s not much of an exaggeration. Today Google has posted a video showcasing how the Nexus S is being used by NASA to power its SPHERE satellites — the free-floating devices that NASA says were actually inspired by the lightsaber sparring droid seen in Star Wars. The satellites have been on the International Space Station since… Read More

  • Watch Out! International Space Station To Crash Into The Pacific After 2020 Retirement

    Watch Out! International Space Station To Crash Into The Pacific After 2020 Retirement

    Better lay your millions on the table now and reserve your spot on the ISS now. Russia, NASA, and the rest of the ISS’ partners announced today that they are going to allow the ISS to crash into the atmosphere after it’s decommissioned in 2020. The reason? Space doesn’t need more junk. The first ISS component launched in 1998 and has slowly grown into a large space station… Read More

  • Watch The Final Space Shuttle Mission Here (Maybe)

    Today, after 133 launches spanning nearly three decades, the era of the Space Shuttle is set to close with one final launch. Atlantis is currently on the launchpad, fueled, loaded with her four man crew and ready to delivery supplies to the ISS. It’s a bittersweet day as an exciting time in the US’s space history comes to a close, but unfortunately due to budget constraints rather… Read More

  • Meet Saturn's Great White Spot That Really Isn't A Spot Anymore


    Think Arizona’s dust storm was huge? Check out the Great White Spot on Saturn. What first started as a small but bright dot last December, has grown to a massive storm that is currently encompassing a vast part of the planet’s upper half. The Cassini spacecraft first picked it up on December 5, 2010 and then astronomers then noticed the bright dot. Cassini then observed… Read More

  • NASA Will Start Flying Coach With "Commercial Crews"


    After the retirement of the Shuttle program, NASA will begin flying along with – and funding – multiple “commercial crews” including Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin group and Elon Musk’s SpaceX. NASA is paying out $270 million to SpaceX, Blue Origin, Sierra Nevada (not the beer) and Boeing. This program, begun in 2009 and is now vitally important as it pairs… Read More

  • Missed Out On A Space Shuttle? Buy This Concorde For $150k Instead

    Don’t fret if NASA passed up your place as one of the Shuttles’ permanent homes as there are plenty of avation icons to go around. Like this Concorde. It’s only $150k. But there’s a catch. Yeah, there’s always a damn catch, but in this case I think it’s better this way. Read More

  • NASA Names The Space Shuttles' Final Resting Places

    30 years ago today the Space Shuttle Columbia blasted off on the first shuttle mission. Two missions ended in disaster, but a total of five different shuttles spent a collective 1289 days in space over 132 missions. The program is set for retirement after Atlantis’ final voyage later this month. The three remaining shuttles, along with the Enterprise prototype, are going to need… Read More

  • Mars Rover Curiosity Gets Shown Off


    The kids over at BoingBoing (lucky stiffs) got invited to NASA’s labs to check out the next Mars rover, Curiosity. They’ve got a ton of great pics over there, so check it out. Meanwhile, still no word from Spirit. Damn your sandy environment, Mars! Read More

  • Working With Nasa, Russia To Propose Nuclear Spacecraft

    Get ready for a nuclear-powered spacecraft—maybe! The Russian Federal Space Agency says that it will hold talks with Nasa and a number of countries on April 15 to see if they can’t get started on creating a “nuclear engine” by 2012. Such an engine, it’s believed, would only cost around $600m to develop. Read More