On November 20, 1998, a relatively small man-made satellite was launched from Kazakhstan to begin an orbit that's still taking place today. Over the 15 years that followed, that first module was added on to and expanded like the most expensive set of tinker toys mankind has ever created to become the International Space Station. … Read more
NASA on Thursday revealed the first imagery of what the Milky Way galaxy likely looked like when it was much younger.
Thanks to evidence gathered by the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA has been able to determine what our galaxy looked like billions of years ago. Though the space agency obviously wasn't able to take actual photographs of the Milky Way in its infancy, it intuited its conclusions based on Hubble's observations of 400 similar galaxies.
As NASA wrote in a post on the Hubble's Web site:A scale model of the Milky Way can be imagined by … Read more
In June, the US Federal Communications Commission certified Google to operate the national database detailing which particular patches of "white space" spectrum were usable for wireless communications. Now, the company has opened a service that lets programs tap into that database, an automation step that Google expects will make it easier to squeeze as many bits as possible into the country's unused spectrum.
The tricky thing about white space -- electromagnetic spectrum reserved for TV broadcast but not actually in use -- is that the unused spectrum varies from region to region. Google already operated a database … Read more
A glitch forced NASA's Mars rover Curiosity to perform a software reboot, known as a "warm reset," last week, but now the rover is running like normal again.
NASA said the successful reboot took place November 7, roughly four-and-half hours after administrators temporarily loaded new flight software into the rover's memory. For the next three days, Curiosity was put into what NASA called "safe mode." NASA said commands recovering the spacecraft were uplinked to Curiosity early Sunday morning.
The unexpected reset by caused by an error in existing onboard software, NASA said Tuesday, which … Read more
The need to be saved is the most profound and basic of human needs.
We don't often like to admit to it, but it's always there, like an existential bunion.
Samsung understands this. Which is why it's hired the world's greatest soccer player, Barcelona's Lionel Messi, to save us from the most threatening of celestial presences: green people.
No, I am not referring to environmentalists, although, for all I know they are. Our greatest threat is green beings from outer space in outerworldly flying machines.
You might find Samsung's exposition of this threat a … Read more
Two Russian cosmonauts carefully passed the Olympic torch Saturday morning -- in space.
Expedition 37 Flight Engineers Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy carried the unlit torch, which will be used to light the Olympic flame at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, with them at the start of a nearly 6-hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station.
After maneuvering to take some stunning photos of the torch floating above Earth, NASA said Kotov and Ryazanskiy stowed it safely back inside the airlock before continuing to perform maintenance on the space station as it orbited some 260 miles above Earth.… Read more
If you're a careful sort, you'll have been preparing for a couple of months now.
But, should the warnings have eluded you, then please consider this your overhead traffic alert.
The "Space Ferrari" is on its way down to Earth and no one is sure exactly where all the pieces are going to land.
As CNET reported in September, this beautifully nicknamed satellite (official name: the Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer) is running out of fuel and on its way back to Earth.
The hope then was that the European Space Agency would at … Read more
In a scene the ancient Greeks could never have imagined, two Russian cosmonauts plan to carry an unlighted Olympic torch outside the International Space Station Saturday, staging a symbolic spacewalk relay as part of the buildup to the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Soyuz TMA-10M commander Oleg Kotov and flight engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy plan to open the hatch of the Russian Pirs airlock compartment around 6:30 a.m. PT (5 GMT) Saturday.
"We will take a picture of it with the space station in the background, with the Earth in the background," Kotov said in a NASA interview. "I think these will be very interesting videos and pictures that will be used to promote the Olympic Games."… Read more
We've become so used to change that stability seems like a quaint novelty.
So we'll no doubt find it quaint to discover that things might be falling on us from the sky with additional regularity over the next 100 years.
You might have only just got over the news that an asteroid might -- just might -- hit us in 2032.
But now, as The New York Times reports, scientists believe we should get used to the idea that asteroids might hit us every decade or two.
Trekkies and wanna-be Mars colonists might soon have a permanent brick-and-mortar place to convene and share their love of all things science fiction.
On November 4, a group in Washington, DC, announced plans for a Museum of Science Fiction. Comprised of sci-fi artists, entrepreneurs, law professors, and a former NASA program manager, the groups says it will soon begin creating a storefront preview space to open in late 2014. That space will serve as the precursor to a larger, permanent space slotted to open in 2017. … Read more