October 15, 2013 |
A quirky habit of German insomniacs and "chill-out" music fans has come to world attention thanks to the U.S. government shutdown. "Space Night," a nearly 20-year-old late-night broadcast by Bavarian Television, provides a music-sharing platform against a backdrop of NASA's video feed from the International Space Station. But the 15-day-old U.S. government shutdown has idled the NASA archivists responsible for relaying the imagery beyond Mission Control, cutting off fresh backdrops to mix with the music for "Space Night" broadcasts that were to have launched a new season Nov. 1. NASA archivists were put on unpaid leave at the start of October, when 700,000 government workers whose jobs weren't deemed essential to defense and security were furloughed until the contentious U.S. Congress passes a budget for the new fiscal year.
October 14, 2013 |
SpaceX launched its reusable 10-story Grasshopper rocket more than 2,440 feet in a flight to test technologies needed to one day return a rocket back to Earth intact. During the flight, the rocket blasted off, hovered and landed safely on the launch pad. At its top altitude, the rocket flew twice the height of the U.S. Bank Tower, the tallest building in Los Angeles. SpaceX, the Hawthorne company that builds rockets and space capsules to resupply the International Space Station for NASA, is aiming to develop a rocket that can return to a launch pad for a vertical landing, instead of burning up as it reenters Earth's atmosphere.
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October 12, 2013 |
The space shuttle Endeavour arrived at the California Science Center nearly one year ago, and the Exposition Park museum is throwing its crown jewel quite the anniversary party. Saturday marks the second day of "Endeavour Fest," a three-day event featuring astronaut presentations, film screenings and other displays related to science and engineering. The museum will also have on display the SpaceX Dragon -- the first commercial spacecraft to make a successful delivery to the International Space Station -- and the capsule and pressurized suit Felix Baumgartner used when making his recent record-breaking leap from the stratosphere.
October 6, 2013 |
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - I was inept at moonwalking. My rocket was a dud. And I crashed the space shuttle. Fortunately, I was just an astronaut wannabe and not the real deal. But it's as close as this middle-aged space geek is going to get. That geekiness, inspired by IMAX documentaries on space and news coverage of NASA's final shuttle launch in 2011, was what brought me to Adult Space Academy. The trip was a gift from my wife. The three-day program is among more than a dozen versions of Space Camp, which the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville created more than 30 years ago to give visitors a taste of what it's like to train as an astronaut.
September 11, 2013 |
When America was attacked on 9/11, it seemed as if words might fail. But in trying to understand that tragedy and what it meant, words have served us well. Here are some literary links for the 12th anniversary of those attacks in 2001. "Every year I reread @colsonwhitehead 's remarkable piece abt New York & New Yorkers, past, present & future," Chelsea Clinton tweeted Tuesday morning. The piece is " The Way We Live Now 11-11-01; Lost and Found ," which ran in the New York Times Magazine.
August 21, 2013 |
The barest details of Luca Parmitano's near-drowning in space are harrowing enough: The Italian astronaut's spacesuit helmet began filling with water as he floated outside the International Space Station. Now, Parmitano has published a first-person account on the European Space Agency website that brings the chilling ordeal to life. In an unprecedented malfunction, Parmitano's suit and helmet began to fill with about 1 to 1.5 liters of leaked water, officials said at the time. The floating liquid soon blocked the astronaut's ears, nose and sight, forcing officials to cut the spacewalk from roughly six hours to 1 hour and 32 minutes, the shortest in space station history.