A happy chimp holding a newspaper after surviving his trip to space, 1961.
After True Detective I'll happily watch Matthew McConaughey do anything - but heading out into space? Brrrrrring it on.
Marshall Barnes, R&D Eng, is working on the Verdrehung Fan(TM) which involves effecting time with specially synthesized electromagnetic fields. Meanwhile, the plan from Ronald L. Mallett, PhD utilises a rotating ring laser generating a gravitational field that then twists space and time.
Patrick Moore has died, aged 89. One of the stalwarts of the BBC, Moore's 50 year stint as presenter of the Sky At Night remians a world record, as well as providing hours of chill-out viewing.
footage from the International Space Station rendered to look like Tron light-trails
phase space, super strings and an ant's perspective on the third dimension: a short intro to multidimensional thinking via Brainpickings (WARNING: may induce feelings of Keanu-woah)
Amazing 64 Megapixel image of Earth up over at Flickr, courtesy of NASA's new Earth-observing Suomi NPP satellite.
Bid farewell to the Space Shuttle program, which touched down from it's final mission today. Photo above was talken from the Intrenational Space Station, as the shuttle took off.
With only one mission remaining, there's still time for a Space Shuttle photo-op - and Italian astronaut Paulo Nespoli got this amazing image as he departed the International Space Station on a Russian Soyuz capsule. More fantastic potential wallpapers on the official Flickr page.
as any of you who've flown Chimp Air know, we're always watching the skies, but it looks like @stefmara has won that game: she tweeted these pics of the shuttle from her iPhone
We reported on the simulated mission to Mars in April 2009 - and now after a two week simulated holiday on the red planet, our trusty simulated astronauts are heading back, for a simulated landing in November 2011.
Via Engadget (including simulation joke)
P.S. Don't miss their write up on the 100 Year Starship initiative to send ageing astronauts on a one-way mission to Mars by 2030.
It was the 25th anniversary of the Challenger disaster last week - a traumatising event that I remember watching on live TV as a child and one that would set back the space programme by many years.
Via The Big Picture
San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili spotted something in the sky
It's been 18 months since we last covered it - and they're only just setting off - but the Mars 500 project kicks off today in Moscow.
6 would-be astronauts will be sealed inside a simulation space capsule to document the effects of an 18 month round trip to the red planet. The simulator even includes a mock-up of the planet's surface - so the effects of EVA can be studied after the 6 month feet-up session.
"Don't talk to aliens" is Stephen Hawking's advice in a piece over at The Times.
"If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans".
With retirement approaching, NASA is looking for homes for it's 3 remaining Space Shuttles. Contenders include that big aircraft carrier that was in I Am Legend, the Johnson Space Center in Houston (a family favourite) and 'Plant 42' where they were built.
Get your proposal into NASA as soon as possible.
the MoD have given up on UFO reports
Nasa's latest mission: to crash the LCROSS (Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite) spacecraft into the moon to see if there's any water up there
not sure this "alien sighting" really sounds that much different to a normal Saturday afternoon on Winchester High Street really...
Wired have rounded up some of NASA's geekery
Interesting article up at Wired about the first direct-to-consumer satellite TV, launched by BSB in 1989.
more UFO files have been released detailing incidents from UK skies between 1981 and 1996. 1996 had one of the highest rates of sightings for years. In other news, the X Files was popular on UK TV in 1996.
UFO spotting made easy - just watch the news!
These guys probably would have rocked the house at Queen Amidala and Anakin's wedding. www.aerosith.com
Great variation on that Beastie Boys driving game we reported on last month - here's an official Lunar Rover simulator, which lets you cruise around the Apollo landing sites ...and in fact, the entire moon.
UPDATE: Try the Lunar Lander too.
The images show various landing sites from the Apollo landing - and you can even see the footprint trails between the lander and instruments test site in some.
has Nasa really taped over its hi-def moon footage? hate it when that happens
Indie moviemaker site Shooting People don't seem impressed by the contents of the video shelf on the International Space Station - which is disclosed here. Regarding classics such as Beverly Hills Cop (an easy 5 stars IMHO) as inferior, they are running a poll to select more suitable 'highbrow' titles to suggest.
If you thought yesterday's time lapse movies were good, then don't miss Wired's article featuring NASA sattelite time-lapse movies, that have taken literally years to shoot. Urbanisation of Dubai above, Amazon deforestation below.
At the 1964 World's Fair in New York, a model city titled Futurama promised jet-packs, paperless offices and traffic-free highways. 40 years later and we're still waiting.
The crew of the International Space Station jumped the queue to get a home copy of the new Star Trek movie - they were beamed up a copy direct from NASA.
Virgin Galactic's space plans are picking up speed, with a recent test flight from the mothership. Wired has the story.
It seems Science Fiction is creating more new words than Science itself. No entry for the Wamp Rat yet though.
No one's quite sure how man would handle the multi-month schlep out to Mars, with suspected muscle wastage and cabin fever would be among the chief concerns.
There's one way to find out however: lock three volunteers in a mock-up capsule in Moscow and lock the door for three months. That's an edition of Big Brother I'd like to see.
The test is just a warm-up for a 500 day test later this year. The Telegraph has the full story.
Area 51's had a makeover - it's now called "Homey Airport" you'd never think aliens would land anywhere that sounded that friendly, would you?
You're going to need a slow day at the office for this one. NASA has released a tour of the ISS, originally shot for Nasa TV. The piece has now been split into 4 chunks on YouTube, the first of which you can see above. Click for parts 2, 3 and 4.
With can't-do-no-wrong President Obama promising to solve the Middle East crisis and reverse the Credit Crunch during his first day in office, less press is being given to those projects losing out - one of which might be the proposed manned space-flight project of Ares 1 and Orion.
Luckily the private sector of Space Travel is booming, with Space-X's Falcon 9 being wheeled into position at the Cape.
If you think freezing temperatures and snow in October is tough going, check out the never-ending, hexagonal, 325mph cyclones that rage across both the North and South poles of Saturn. NASA has the data.