This tomato was cruising at about 4.8 miles per second approximately 230 miles above the surface of the earth. Then Astronaut Koichi Wakata of JAXA ate it. Even astronauts tweet pics of their food. Their backdrop is just more impressive than my dining room table.
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One of my most treasured memories is having the opportunity to witness two space shuttle launches. The photo above is one I took with my old point and shoot camera of STS-127. Even from approximately 5 miles away, the sound of the launch was incredible. You can no longer see a space shuttle launch. However, thanks to the wonder that is the innerwebs, you can see one virtually. Hit the jump, crank up the speakers, and pretend you’re in Florida.
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A few days ago, many people on earth were huddled under their desks, wearing hard hats whilst watching TV, and/or trying to find a way into their prepper neighbor’s bunker. What was going on that had so many of us worried? To put it simply, the sky was falling.
Continue reading GOCE: Chicken Little’s Worst Nightmare and How The Internet Saved Humanity
The third successful launch of the Vanguard program launched a small (50.8 cm) diameter satellite which, for 84 days, transmitted a wealth of information back to NASA. Launched on September 18, 1959, the satellite was placed into geocentric orbit aboard a Vanguard rocket. Equipped with a proton magnetometer, X-ray ionization chambers, and various [...]
And I think it’s gonna be a long, long time ‘til touch down brings me round again to find I’m not the man they think I am at home Oh no, no, no, I’m a rocket frog Rocket frog, burning out his fuse up here alone
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The Sun, feeling a bit gassy
This is The Sun. If you buy into that heliocentric model of the solar system you will recognize it as the center of the solar system. Even if you don’t believe in such hogwash, you’ll recognize it as that bright spot in the sky that burns your retinas when you stare at it too long. Either way, scientists are saying it’s in the process of Flipping Its Poles as it tries to work its way through medical school. For more, hit the break!
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A new planet has been discovered. It’s pink. Scientists, those uncaring bastards, have named it GJ504b. I’ve decided it should be called Planet Fabulous.
[Image Credit: NASA]
Affectionately known as The Hamster, Richard Hammond has been entertaining audiences with his wit on the UK’s Top Gear program for over a decade. He also makes Mrs. engineerd™ swoon. Oh, and he had a short-lived show called “Richard Hammond’s Engineering Connections” where he would trace back how engineers of modern inventions used clues from historic inventions and the natural world. Hit the jump to see what an organ and German U-Boat have to do with the space shuttle. Trust me, the nearly 1 hour video is worth it.
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Have you ever found yourself watching the science fiction space travel staple of your choice, and wondering just how fast the vehicle in that series universe would stack up against, say, your second favorite sci-fi space travel universe? Wonder no more my friends, because the folks at slate.com have got you covered. They [...]
It hit me, as I snapped the shutter on my iPhone, that I was standing on a launch pad simultaneously facing the future and the past of the US space program.
[Image Credit: Atomic Toasters / Dustin May]