Earlier this year, the death of David Brockie, also known as Oderus Urungus, shook the rock world and left fans of Gwar wondering who would fill his large, claw-toed shoes. Enter Vulvatron.
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is on a five-month mission aboard the International Space Station, where he is currently mission commander. Here is a video he made recently in the space station, where he demonstrates how to make your own lunch in zero gravity. See other Clips of the Day. [Thanks ... More >>
Above is a shot of the terrain of Mars, taken by the Curiosity rover. Below is one of the landscape of Arizona. Looks to me like in the future, old folks are going to retire to Mars.
Remember when we told you guys that the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on the Hudson was being blessed with NASA's non-flight space shuttle, Enterprise? And then remember when fellow Voice-naut Steven Thrasher and photographer C.S. Muncy saw it being flown in over New York? &nbs ... More >>
Knowing the Space Shuttle Enterprise was going to be arriving today in New York City, I was extremely pissed off to realize I had a doctor's appointment which would preclude me from actively viewing it, and I'd most likely be underground in the subway when it flew over the Hudson, guaranteeing I wou ... More >>
It looks like we're going to have to re-mark our calendars for the arrival of Enterprise in our own backyard. And not the one from Star Trek, the one from NASA.Due to an overcast prediction for Monday's weather, the space agency is holding back on its transfer ("until further notice") of t ... More >>
Calling all space geeks and food connoisseurs: Researchers at Cornell University are looking for volunteers to test out menus designed for astronauts on missions to Mars.
Although we weren't sure about this earlier this week, NASA has said that UARS, a 6-ton bus-sized satellite expected to break into more than a hundred pieces, issuing forth a 500-mile debris footprint as it falls (which it is expected to do sometime Friday afternoon), will NOT be passing over ... More >>
The above video shows a Russian-built Soyuz space capsule detaching from the International Space Station late Thursday night. The capsule contained two cosmonauts, Andrey Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyaev, and one American astronaut, Ron Garan. Since canceling the Space Shuttle program, this kind ... More >>
Each week, Death by Science sends out an all-points bulletin for the latest science and technology news, tracks it down, and beats a confession out of it. This week, we look up to the stars, readjust our focus, and look closer at satellites. They are the reason you are able to read this right ... More >>
Each week, Death by Science sends out an all-points bulletin for the latest science and technology news, tracks it down and beats a confession out of it. This week, we wake up, rub the sleep out of our eyes, roll over in bed and ask the Space Shuttle, "So, now what?" (We had sex with the Sp ... More >>
In a humbling morning for our country today, President Obama spoke to the press about the dismal June unemployment numbers -- we're now at 9.2% unemployment, with a mere 18,000 jobs added last month -- while Americans stood by to watch the bittersweet launch of the Atlantis, marking the last ... More >>
As Atlantis gears up for what will be America's final space shuttle mission on Friday, a recently released poll shows that most of the country thinks the space program is the bee's knees. The Pew Research Center found that 58% of Americans polled responded that they think space exploration "i ... More >>
The International Space Station will be visible from the ground tonight and tomorrow as it passes overhead. According to Space.com, the $100 billion station should be easy to see because it is 25 times brighter than the brightest star in the sky, Sirius, and often as bright as Venus. Use the ... More >>
Space Shuttle Endeavour has landed its final mission. There's something so old-school nostalgic, yet amazingly powerful, about this video, taken in the dark of night, when the shuttle landed at 2:35 a.m. Maybe it's the quiet tones spoken from mission control; the "Houston, Endeavour: Wheels stopped" ... More >>
The much-awaited final launch of the space shuttle Endeavour has been put on hold for 48 hours. Mission STS-134's launch was to be attended by Shuttle Commander Mark Kelly's wife Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, President Obama, and an estimated 700,000 spectators. It was scrubbed due to an issue wi ... More >>
Tomorrow's Endeavour launch signals the end of the space shuttle program, but it may usher in a new era in satellite technology. Three tiny orbiters roughly the size of saltines will be released by the shuttle, Space.com reports. They are rudimentary prototypes, but how they react in space an ... More >>
Astronaut Cady Coleman and Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson performed the first ever space-earth musical duet earlier this month. Their rendition of Jethro Tull's "Bourée" celebrated the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin becoming the first astronaut in space. People laughed at Cady when she said s ... More >>
Not Enterprise, as it is preparing to go into space.Last month we reported on the different museums and institutions vying to display America's retired space shuttles. The Wall Street Journal reports that NASA is going to announce this afternoon that New York will soon be home to one of those ... More >>
The government will possibly shutdown tonight at midnight, and you've surely read about how this will affect your life. Tax refunds may be delayed, which is annoying, but the IRS is good for it, right? National parks will close, but everyone knows Yosemite doesn't get poppin' till late May. M ... More >>
Last month we reported on the growing danger of space garbage. Today at about 4:21 p.m. EST, three members of the International Space Station will have a close call with said garbage, Space.com reports. American and Italian astronauts, as well as a Russian cosmonaut, will have to take shelter ... More >>
Space is a pretty big place, but being humans, we've still managed to fill it with trash. The Earth is becoming enveloped in a cloud of debris, and now a U.S. military official has issued her concern with this growing problem. According to Space.com, Lt. Gen. Susan Helms, commander of the U.S ... More >>
viaSince the advent of space travel, kids have wanted nothing more than to be astronauts. Now kids may really want to be astronauts, without knowing exactly why. The AP (via Huffington Post) reports that 4.2 grams of cocaine were discovered at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This would expla ... More >>
As we reported a couple of weeks ago, the space shuttle Discovery is making its final mission. Where it goes after space, however, is still the subject of a fervent debate. The New York Times reports that as many as 21 museums and institutions have submitted proposals to house the shuttle as ... More >>
This is pretty cool: some passengers flying out of Orlando got to watch the space shuttle Discovery's last launch from mid-air. And apparently drinks were on the house, unless that flight attendant is just kidding, which would be douchey. [via Mashable] [@_rosiegray]
Russian officials are working hard to construct a plan to send the Olympic Torch into space. The Russian government wants to hand off the torch to the cosmonauts stationed in the International Space Station during the relay to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The AFP is reporting that the h ... More >>
photo via NASAIt's the beginning of the end for NASA's shuttle fleet. Tonight at 4:50pm EST, Space Shuttle Discovery will slip the surly bonds of Earth for the 39th and final time. The oldest of the space agency's three operational orbiters will be making its last trip; a delivery run for the ... More >>
Mark Kelly, the husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head in Arizona on January 8, will lead the space shuttle Endeavor on its final mission scheduled for launch on April 19. "She would be very comfortable with the decision I made," Kelly said in a press conference this afternoon. ... More >>
The Space Shuttle Challenger went down 25 years ago today, killing all seven astronauts on board, and scarring school children forever. American kids were watching the launch live in schools across the nation because of the presence of Payload Specialist Christa McAuliffe, a 37-year-old scho ... More >>
So a Frenchman, a Colombian, three Russians, and a Chinese guy will be boarding a fake space shuttle for a fake "520-day simulated mission" to Mars. Where's the American?
Hello, brave new world. This week, researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will send "an army of microorganisms into space" in an effort to learn how to prevent the spread of bacteria clusters that could pose a threat to the health of astronauts.
space.com graphicIf you're out early tomorrow morning and look at the sky in the direction of the ocean, you may see the Discovery space shuttle fly by on its way to meet up with the International Space Station in orbit. Tomorrow's launch, one of only five to take place during morning twiligh ... More >>
Right-wingers were angry that the Obama Administration was declining to finance new trips to the moon. But since they're true believers in the free market, maybe they'll be happy to hear that the President's new budget includes a scheme to privatize space travel. The Washington Post learns from th ... More >>
You wouldn't know it, but the intrepid cosmonauts above--those valiant heroes drinking coffee, and seeing how far back the 'ol office chair goes--are part of something greater than themselves. See: 3 Doors Down Go Galactic! Early this morning, NASA woke the Atlantis crew with the 3 Doors Down hi ... More >>
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