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August 12, 2012
It’s not a bird or a plane … it’s a meteor shower!
Sweet meteor shower, dude: The peak of the Perseid meteor shower occurred early Sunday morning. Where does the Perseid meteor shower come from? It’s been seen by people “for at least 2,000 years. It occurs each year in late July and early August when the Earth passes through a trail of dust and ice from the comet Swift-Tuttle.” You can maybe catch some more tonight, if you’re lucky to have a dark and clear sky. (Clear skies, dark nights, can’t lose.)  source
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Sweet meteor shower, dude: The peak of the Perseid meteor shower occurred early Sunday morning. Where does the Perseid meteor shower come from? It’s been seen by people “for at least 2,000 years. It occurs each year in late July and early August when the Earth passes through a trail of dust and ice from the comet Swift-Tuttle.” You can maybe catch some more tonight, if you’re lucky to have a dark and clear sky. (Clear skies, dark nights, can’t lose.)  source

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15:23 // 1 year ago
August 7, 2012

What the descent was like: Here’s a clip of the Curiosity Rover on its final descent to Mars. It’s a big of a sneak-peek — the hi-res stuff won’t come until later, but the low-res stuff should appease you dudes for now.

10:15 // 1 year ago
August 6, 2012
breakingnews:

Reuters: From the Gale Crater on Mars, NASA’s Curiosity rover sends back its first image of the Martian surface after it lands successfully, it now begins a 2-year mission to search for remnants of life on the red planet’s surface. Photo: NASA/Curiosity Rover

Just touching the surface. Literally. Dudes, this is so cool.

breakingnews:

Reuters: From the Gale Crater on Mars, NASA’s Curiosity rover sends back its first image of the Martian surface after it lands successfully, it now begins a 2-year mission to search for remnants of life on the red planet’s surface.

Photo: NASA/Curiosity Rover

Just touching the surface. Literally. Dudes, this is so cool.

7:10 // 1 year ago
July 31, 2012

Ahead of the Mars Curiosity Rover’s planned landing next week, NASA has released a new introductory video featuring narration from William Shatner and Wil Wheaton. The four-minute video explains the steps involved in the gigantic rover’s landing, and what NASA hopes to accomplish during Curiosity’s time on Mars. The Wheaton-narrated version of the video can be found here.  (Video via CoconutScienceLab) source

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17:28 // 1 year ago
July 23, 2012
thedailywhat:

RIP: Sally Ride, at 61: Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, has died after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 61.
In addition to flying for NASA — “All adventures, especially into new territory, are scary,” she once said – Ride was a physicist and a science writer.
After retiring from space, she founded Sally Ride Science, an organization created to inspire young people, especially girls, to stick with their interest in science, and pursue careers in science and engineering.
[sallyridescience]

Sad news. It always sucks to lose a groundbreaker like Sally. :/

thedailywhat:

RIP: Sally Ride, at 61: Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, has died after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 61.

In addition to flying for NASA — “All adventures, especially into new territory, are scary,” she once said – Ride was a physicist and a science writer.

After retiring from space, she founded Sally Ride Science, an organization created to inspire young people, especially girls, to stick with their interest in science, and pursue careers in science and engineering.

[sallyridescience]

Sad news. It always sucks to lose a groundbreaker like Sally. :/

17:19 // 1 year ago
May 25, 2012
breakingnews:

Private spacecraft becomes 1st to visit International Space Station
The International Space Station crew successfully captured the SpaceX Dragon capsule with the station’s robotic arm at 9:56 a.m. EDT, NASA says. This is the 1st time a commercial spacecraft has visited the International Space Station.
More updates on breakingnews.com.
Photo: A camera on the International Space Station captures a view of SpaceX’s Falcon cargo spacecraft at a distance of 30 meters. (NASA TV via msnbc.com)

Admit it, it would’ve been funny if a private spacecraft just randomly showed up one day out of the blue with no fanfare.

breakingnews:

Private spacecraft becomes 1st to visit International Space Station

The International Space Station crew successfully captured the SpaceX Dragon capsule with the station’s robotic arm at 9:56 a.m. EDT, NASA says. This is the 1st time a commercial spacecraft has visited the International Space Station.

More updates on breakingnews.com.

Photo: A camera on the International Space Station captures a view of SpaceX’s Falcon cargo spacecraft at a distance of 30 meters. (NASA TV via msnbc.com)

Admit it, it would’ve been funny if a private spacecraft just randomly showed up one day out of the blue with no fanfare.

10:34 // 2 years ago
May 3, 2012

jtotheizzoe:

Pursuit of Light

“Water and stone. Flower and bone: home.”

From the terrestrial to the celestial, from the atomic to the tectonic, discovery is all about pursuing light in some way, isn’t it?

NASA has given us many gifts: Knowledge of this planet and many worlds beyond. At a time when many of their missions, and our sense of wonder and inspiration along with them, are in jeopardy … they remind us of how illuminating science can be.

Pursuit of Light is promotion for NASA, but it’s also promotion for thinking big, and embracing that “Ahhh” feeling. Full screen, HD, sound up. 

Share it with someone you love, and stay curious.

( Bad Astronomy)

Because what’s a good day without having your mind blown at least once?

20:41 // 2 years ago
April 20, 2012
A new company backed by two Google Inc. billionaires, film director James Cameron and other space exploration proponents is aiming high in the hunt for natural resources—with mining asteroids the possible target.

James Cameron, Google Founder Back Space-Mining Venture - WSJ.com

What about Bruce Willis?

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Needs more famous people backing it.

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19:45 // 2 years ago
April 17, 2012
SpaceX and NASA prepare for historic spacecraft launch
NASA says everything’s on schedule for SpaceX’s world-first commercial robotic flight to the International Space Station, currently scheduled for April 30. The flight is a test of sorts, for SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft’s capabilities, and the company’s ability to deliver on the promise of unmanned transportation of goods to/from the ISS. If all goes to plan, SpaceX officials hope to begin regular deliveries for NASA by the end of 2012. (Photo by Robert Goodwin) source
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NASA says everything’s on schedule for SpaceX’s world-first commercial robotic flight to the International Space Station, currently scheduled for April 30. The flight is a test of sorts, for SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft’s capabilities, and the company’s ability to deliver on the promise of unmanned transportation of goods to/from the ISS. If all goes to plan, SpaceX officials hope to begin regular deliveries for NASA by the end of 2012. (Photo by Robert Goodwin) source

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16:04 // 2 years ago
The Space Shuttle Discovery, chillin’ over the Capitol. The shuttle, decommissioned last year after a long career with many miles logged, is flying to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum to become a part of it. (shot by @DaveStroup, ht @ProducerMatthew)

The Space Shuttle Discovery, chillin’ over the Capitol. The shuttle, decommissioned last year after a long career with many miles logged, is flying to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum to become a part of it. (shot by @DaveStroup, ht @ProducerMatthew)

10:21 // 2 years ago