Grasshopper is an experimental rocket
used by Space X to test returning the first stage of the Falcon 9
safely to the ground, for reuse on later flights. Last week, the latest test flight was filmed from a Hexacopter hovering near the launchpad
and it's a minute and half of pure awesomeness.
of a wrestling bison in a world of crazed gummy bears was a story destined for a sequel. Burrito Bison Revenge
NASA's Juno spacecraft
launched this morning and is en route to Jupiter (launch video)
. Equipped with microwave, ultraviolet, infrared, and visible light detectors
Juno will investigate the origins, atmosphere, and magnetosphere
of the Solar System's largest planets over one year beginning with its arrival in 2016. Using its awesome solar
technology Juno will show Jupiter's magnetic field in detail never before seen
. We probably won't hear much from Juno again until 2013
, when it makes a fly-by of Earth. You can follow Juno on Twitter
, so if it types out its scream, someone will hear it. Also
traveling aboard Juno are three very special LEGO mini-figurines
Remember those crazy Danes
? Turns out they've had some problems
. But they're trying again today
! Cecil, meanwhile
, is uncharacteristically uninformed. (Previously
Armor Games has just released another entry into the launch genre (Penguin Sports
, Hedgehog Launch
, etc.) called, simply enough, Flight
The game is wrapped around a storyline told with cutscenes, starting with a girl who wants her mother home for Christmas. Folding the letter into a paper airplane, she launches it out the window, where it travels around the world, with others adding their wishes to it. As with other launch variants, boosters keep you aloft, and you can purchase upgrades adding to - and replacing - your plane. [more inside]
Go For Launch!
Timelapse video of preparing STS-131 (Discovery) for launch. [more inside]
Apollo 11 Saturn V Launch
— This clip is raw from Camera E-8 on the launch umbilical tower/mobile launch program of Apollo 11, July 16, 1969. This is an HD transfer from the 16mm original. The camera is running at 500 fps, making the total clip of over 8 minutes represent just 30 seconds of actual time. [more inside]
Space Shuttle Discovery STS-131
is being fueled for a scheduled liftoff at 6:21 AM EST,
and will be only the sixth twilight launch. Shuttle Discovery's trajectory towards the International Space Station will take it north, along the American eastern seaboard
, visible to early risers as far north as New York. [more inside]
The best space shuttle launch video you will see today.
As compiled and edited by NASA's SE&I imagery team at Johnson Space Center.
We Chose the Moon:
The JFK Library and Museum
has just launched this interactive web experience using archival audio, video, photos, and recorded transmissions to re-create, in real time, the July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 mission to the moon
Nerds Gone Wild
Bad movies. Bad TV. Bad actors. Bad blogs. LAN parties. High scores. Mixtapes. Role playing. Stalking. Pirating. We care. And we discuss.
NASA says shuttle is ready for July 13 launch, but doubts remain.
With two catastrophic failures marring the Space Shuttle's safety record, many people fear that the coming launch of the shuttle Discovery
could turn in to a billion-dollar fireworks display. While NASA is optimistic about the coming mission, an independent panel of aerospace executives, academics and former astronauts
are not. They concluded that NASA has failed to fully implement three of the fifteen return-to-flight recommendations made by the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB
) in August 2003. While we wish the astronauts a safe and uneventful journey, serious doubts
remain as to NASA's competency
to continue carrying mankind to the stars. Perhaps our best hopes now lie with private ventures such as Scaled Composites
Microsoft has unleashed their internet search engine
to the world. It currently isn't working, at least for me. Is it wrong of me to wish it stays that way?
Biggest cruise ship ever, the Queen Mary II, launches. Thousands watched as the giant 500 million pound cruise liner, which stretches the length of four football fields, left Saint Nazaire in western France on Thursday for a three-day test run. "We will push it to its maximum power to check that it can achieve 30 knots," said a spokesman for Alstom-Marine. "After that, we'll stop it brutally, and we will go in zigzags to check its stability."
Thousands, and not one thought to take a picture.
Video of Nasa's Delta II rocket launch (RealVideo)
The camera was mounted on the rocket facing down towards earth and the resulting footage is amazing. There's a Windows Media version at MSNBC
It's official - Apple today launched its' music service
So now that it's 'beyond hype', the rumors of Apple's buyout of Universal Music unfounded (instead, sealing deals with each of the big five music firms), what does everyone think of this rather slick, easy to use and somewhat inexpensive alternative to illegal music swapping? $.99 per song seems pretty fair to me, not to mention the very generous licensing terms provided.
Evan Williams says an interim version of Blogger Pro will be launched this week
, and last night he demoed it for the Weblogger Interest Group
in Mountain View. New stuff: automatic weblogs.com ping, image posting, draft posting, and post to the past.
I've been eagerly anticipating the launch of this site
. So...it just went live and.....after 2 minutes of frustration (and it's not fine Lynchian weirdness either), I gave up. Is this thing still under construction or is it really that bad?
scum take advantage of xbox launch. Check out this
auction. Do these people have no ethics?
of the Space Shuttle and the ray of "shadow" from the moon is pretty cool. I even think I buy the explanation.
The space shuttle launches tomorrow at 5:11 pm CST!
I know these launches seem somewhat routine, but it's still the most dangerous job in the world, and each launch still fascinates me. You can watch the launch from the Houston Chronicle's live feed
Momentus occasion ignored.
Well, mostly, or at least buried in the inner pages of most major U.S. pages. Isn't this sort of more important than the Knicks and Nets loosing their opening games? You wouldn't think so, since those stories were carried on the front pages on newspapers in the Northeast while this one was back on page 14 between two full page ads.
Deepleap.org is up.
No one mentioned this yet, so I figured i would. Everyone go whine about the reload button not working.