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Meteor Showers On Demand

For the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, forget the fireworks for the opening show... How about an on-demand meteor shower instead? [more inside]
posted by erst on May 21, 2016 - 27 comments

The Curious Link Between the Fly-By Anomaly and the “Impossible” EmDrive

The EmDrive (previously 1, 2) is still getting attention from the scientific community. MIT Technology Review sums it up: The Curious Link Between the Fly-By Anomaly and the “Impossible” EmDrive Thruster
posted by Harald74 on Apr 21, 2016 - 40 comments

Spaceward ho!

Stephen Hawking & Russian Billionaire want to Build an Interstellar Starship Nanocrafts!
posted by lips on Apr 12, 2016 - 62 comments

The Dragon has landed

Space X has successfully returned the first stage from their Dragon rocket! This is link to the video clip of the landing, here's a link to the launch. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Apr 8, 2016 - 80 comments

Is that a gun in your spacesuit?

The Ultimate List of Weapons Astronauts Have Carried Into Orbit
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Apr 2, 2016 - 44 comments

Close Enough for Government Work

How many digits of pi do we really need? Thirty-nine.
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Mar 30, 2016 - 74 comments

19 Times Someone Gets Thrown Into the Vacuum of Space

We all know people don’t explode when exposed to space without protection. But science fiction has taken some ... liberties with vacuum exposure over the years. Here are 19 scenes of people being exposed to space, ranked from the least realistic to the most.
posted by veedubya on Mar 30, 2016 - 137 comments

There will be Netflix on Mars

The future of space travel demands better communication. The pokey pace at which our current Martian spacecraft exchange data with Earth just isn't enough for future inhabitants who want to talk to their loved ones back home or spend a Saturday binge-watching Netflix. So NASA engineers have begun planning ways to build a better network. The idea is an interplanetary internet in which orbiters and satellites can talk to one another rather than solely relying on a direct link with the Deep Space Network, and scientific data can be transferred back to Earth with vastly improved efficiency and accuracy.
posted by Chrysostom on Mar 6, 2016 - 41 comments

Scott Kelly wasn't up there alone, you know

Meet Mikhail Kornienko, the other guy who just spent a year in space.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Mar 5, 2016 - 3 comments

Windows on Earth

Astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted 1,000 photos during his year in space.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Mar 1, 2016 - 13 comments

Astronaut ice cream is a lie

Astronaut ice cream is a lie (SLYT)
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug on Feb 19, 2016 - 46 comments

“Let's get started before my headache gets any worse.”

Trek at 50: The quest for a unifying theory of time travel in Star Trek by Xaq Rzetelny [Ars Technica] [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Feb 13, 2016 - 33 comments

NASA's Visions of the Future Calendar Images

The images for JPL’s Visions Of The Future 2016 Calendar, which was an internal gift to JPL and NASA staff along with scientists, engineers, government and university staff, have been put online. "As you look through these images of imaginative travel destinations, remember that you can be an architect of the future." [via] [more inside]
posted by cashman on Feb 11, 2016 - 17 comments

“The frontier of science is unlimited.”

Why Ghana started a space programme.
posted by MartinWisse on Feb 10, 2016 - 17 comments

Super supercuts

Vimeo user somersetVII has created 10 beautiful, masterful supercut videos. Coens | 30 celebrates 30 years of Coen Bros movies while Stanley Kubrick gets an appropriately moody and atmospheric tribute. Other standouts include Baseball on Film and Cinema: A Space Odyssey, which only a true fan of the genres could make.
posted by Room 641-A on Feb 8, 2016 - 8 comments

Cut it out NASA, you don't have the money or a plan for Mars

"Members of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology tore apart NASA's Journey to Mars initiative, claiming the program needs a much more defined plan and clear, achievable milestones to work. Those in attendance also doubted the feasibility of a long-term Mars mission; they cited the massive amount of money needed for the trip — much more than NASA currently receives year to year — as well as a significant leap in technological development. Because of these enormous challenges, a few witnesses at the hearing suggested that NASA either rethink its approach or divert its attention to a Moon mission instead."
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Feb 5, 2016 - 89 comments

Your Code in Spaaace!

In the ISS there are two Astro Pi computers, Ed and Izzy, equipped with Sense HATs, two different camera modules (visual and IR), and stored in rather special cases. They are now running code written by UK school children - the winners of a competition. The data will be feeding back soon! [more inside]
posted by Stark on Feb 5, 2016 - 3 comments

Luxembourg’s asteroid mining plan

The Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy announced the first government initiative in Europe to develop a legal and regulatory framework on the future ownership of minerals extracted from objects in space, such as asteroids.
posted by adept256 on Feb 3, 2016 - 94 comments

In the future, things.

How to tell time in 3 minutes or less. [more inside]
posted by Orange Pamplemousse on Feb 1, 2016 - 8 comments

UNiversal ARticulate Interdimensional Understanding of Science

Meet Unarius, the world's most stylish UFO reincarnation cult.
posted by The Whelk on Jan 30, 2016 - 37 comments

Ridealong: The Flotilla That Will Cross The Galaxy

~900 players will spend 3 months crossing the galaxy in Elite: Dangerous.
posted by curious nu on Jan 26, 2016 - 30 comments

NASA reduces average payload weight without sacrificing capabilities

For the first time [ever], NASA’s latest class of astronauts is 50 percent female. And, NASA has announced, in 15 years they could all be selected for an inaugural trip to Mars.
posted by Hot Pastrami! on Jan 22, 2016 - 23 comments

Space X nails it, except for this one part

On Sunday, Space X launched the JASON-3 satellite and also tried to land the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket on a droneship barge. The satellite reached orbit successfully and the first stage landed perfectly. That's when a problem latched on to the mission (video in link). [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Jan 18, 2016 - 74 comments

Working outside in the cold at the ISS

Britain's first official astronaut, Tim Peake, is hard at work today outside the International Space Station on a spacewalk, going on live as of 10:40am EST. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Jan 15, 2016 - 84 comments

A Rare Glimpse of NASA’s Otherworldly Treasures

HOUSTON, Tex.—Building 31 on the campus of Johnson Space Center lacks the Tower of London’s majesty and history. No Queen’s Guard stand outside. But this drab, 1960s-era building is nonetheless where NASA keeps the crown jewels of its exploration program. Inside various clean rooms, curators watch over meteorites from Mars and the asteroid belt, cosmic dust, samples of the solar wind, comet particles, and, of course, hundreds of kilograms of Moon rocks.
posted by veedubya on Jan 13, 2016 - 17 comments

Mars Ice House

A 3D printed habitat for four Mars explorers from Clouds Architecture Office. Awarded first place in NASA's Centennial Challenge Mars Habitat Competition.
posted by OmieWise on Jan 13, 2016 - 18 comments

the eye of God / the void stares back

Artist Pablo Carlos Budassi scours through images from NASA's rovers and satellites to produce a logarithmic map of the entire known universe.
posted by divabat on Jan 6, 2016 - 23 comments

The Vowel Space

Vowels can be tricky to describe phonetically because they are points, or rather areas, within a continuous space... [more inside]
posted by Wolfdog on Jan 4, 2016 - 17 comments

@5point9billion

Your Personal Light Cone
posted by alby on Dec 28, 2015 - 10 comments

Watch it live, sorta

If you hurry, you may be able to catch Apollo 17 taking off from the Moon.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Dec 13, 2015 - 30 comments

Can you own part of an asteroid?

How Asteroid Mining Is Changing Space Law

On November 24, President Obama signed the “US Commercial Space Law Competitiveness Act” into law. Among other things (like that the government should not pester SpaceX), it states that any US citizen who takes a chip off an old block of asteroid then owns that chip. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Dec 10, 2015 - 57 comments

Ceres gets Salty

Cloudy, with a chance of cryovolcanoes - unraveling the secrets of the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres, including the mysterious bright spots.
posted by Artw on Dec 9, 2015 - 9 comments

Light pollution will not be a factor.

Live in North America? Do you have binoculars or, at the very least, eyes? Well then, you might be able to see Venus during the day today. That is, until the jerk Moon gets in front of it. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Dec 7, 2015 - 40 comments

How do you lose a rocket booster?

A decades old mystery is now solved! After many attempts searching through Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) images, the Apollo 16 S-IVB rocket booster impact site has been identified. [more inside]
posted by tocts on Dec 4, 2015 - 15 comments

And now, a departure from "Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf"

The "SyFy" network has released the first episode of their space noir television adaptation of James S. A. Corey's The Expanse novels on YouTube: "Dulcinea." (region-restricted to US viewers only -- contains a scene that may be NSFW) [more inside]
posted by zarq on Dec 2, 2015 - 79 comments

Endless Sky

Endless Sky is a space trading and exploration game, dubbed as a spiritual successor to Escape Velocity. It's free to play, available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, completely open-source (GPLv3), and available on Steam. [more inside]
posted by schmod on Nov 27, 2015 - 37 comments

It spent all its money on whiskey and beer

Remember the prototype lunar rover that was believed to be scrapped but was recovered by a junkyard owner? It just failed to sell at auction, and could be yours if you have an amount of money more than $30000 burning a hole in your pocket.
posted by Artw on Nov 22, 2015 - 10 comments

Дискоклуб

The Mixtape 24: Soviet Space Disco courtesy of The Calvert Journal: [October]'s mixtape is a collection of cosmic disco music from the archives of Soviet state record label Melodiya. Compiled for the launch of the exhibition Soviet Space Archive: Configuration II (on display at Calvert 22 Gallery between 10 October — 31 October 2015), it showcases the otherworldly highlights of the label’s eclectic Diskoklub series, including the swirling synths and tight brass of groups such as Zodiak from Latvia. For the exhibition opening, curators Rory McCartney and Ella McCartney will host a Soviet Space Disco. This mix captures the futuristic soundtrack to the opening event.
posted by Wolfdog on Nov 18, 2015 - 7 comments

None of them wanna pay taxes again. Ever.

The Asteroid Hunters
posted by zarq on Nov 17, 2015 - 23 comments

“Solar-wind erosion is an important mechanism for atmospheric loss,”

NASA Mission Reveals Speed of Solar Wind Stripping Martian Atmosphere [mars.nasa.gov] [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Nov 6, 2015 - 42 comments

You did not go into space that day

Remember that Antares rocket that blew up shorty after launch in October of 2014? NASA just released several startling gorgeous photos of it exploding. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Nov 5, 2015 - 20 comments

What kind of a question is that?

An all-female Russian crew is currently undergoing a simulation of an eight-day trip to lunar orbit and subsequent return to Earth. The highly-qualified volunteers were chosen through a series of rigorous selection processes based on the real cosmonaut selection regime. In the press conference that was held prior to the start of the mission, the team had to face questions of how they would cope without men or makeup for eight days. [more inside]
posted by cynical pinnacle on Nov 1, 2015 - 53 comments

"What's the next best thing to astronaut?"

The Astronaut Instruction Manual [via mefi projects from Mefi's own Mike Mongo] [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Oct 20, 2015 - 10 comments

DSCOVR EPIC pictures

Yesterday, NASA launched a website hosting daily images of the full, sunlit side of the Earth. They're taken by the EPIC camera attached to the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) that's sitting in L1, ~1,500,000 km from Earth. [more inside]
posted by zamboni on Oct 20, 2015 - 16 comments

Fly To Space!

On 20 February 1947, the first animal made it into space aboard a captured Nazi V-2 rocket. That animal was a fruit fly, accompanied by several compatriots from the same species. Their rocket reached an altitude of 108 kilometers and then parachuted safely back to Earth after completing their 3 minute and 10 second mission. All hail Earth's pioneering space travellers!
posted by fairmettle on Oct 18, 2015 - 23 comments

Pretty floating spheres of water

RED 4K Video of Colorful Liquid in Space. "Once again, astronauts on the International Space Station dissolved an effervescent tablet in a floating ball of water, and captured images using a camera capable of recording four times the resolution of normal high-definition cameras. The higher resolution images and higher frame rate videos can reveal more information when used on science investigations, giving researchers a valuable new tool aboard the space station. This footage is one of the first of its kind. The cameras are being evaluated for capturing science data and vehicle operations by engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama." [Via]
posted by homunculus on Oct 10, 2015 - 19 comments

The Apollo Photos

The Project Apollo Archive has uploaded to Flickr all photographs taken by the Apollo missions to the moon (Apollo 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17). [more inside]
posted by nubs on Oct 2, 2015 - 36 comments

There is Water on Mars

The New York Times is reporting that NASA is about to announce the discovery of "definitive signs of liquid water on the surface of present-day Mars."
posted by schmod on Sep 28, 2015 - 109 comments

Solidarity in Space

Really, though, shouldn’t authors be more likely to write about unions now that labor is so gravely imperiled? Don’t we need more novels about what unions are capable of, now that pencil-necked geeks like Scott Walker are eviscerating them in public? - The Seattle Review of Books reviews Windswept, a new science fiction book by MeFi's own Adam Rakunas. Interview. He also posts fiction on Twitter at Adam's Bedtime Story.
posted by Artw on Sep 25, 2015 - 16 comments

Space Patrol (The Puppet One)

Space Patrol was a 1962 TV series featuring puppets a la Gerry Anderson's Supermarionation. In fact, the creator, Roberta Leigh, had worked with Anderson previously. Its fans include some guy named J. Michael Straczynski. It features the first music completely realized through electronic means. [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein on Sep 24, 2015 - 15 comments

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