Space

Own your own copy of the golden records sent out on the Voyager spacecrafts

Back in the 1970s, NASA sent out two interstellar probes, the Voyagers 1 and 2.  They were designed to travel through space, not directed at any particular star, with information about us should any intelligent life happen upon the probes.  The information in the Voyager vessels was in the form of two golden records, which …

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This one time at space camp… I built a Saturn V rocket out of LEGO

Oh LEGO, you know the way to a geek’s heart is through their love of rockets and space. Just take a nice long look at this ultra cool model of the NASA Apollo Saturn V rocketship. Designed by Felix Stiessen and Valérie Roche of the LEGO Ideas team, this model is a 1:110 scale replica …

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Splash Down for the Orion: NASA Prepares For Manned Deep Space Exploration

You are getting ready to travel to the deepest parts of space to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.  What is your ride of choice?  Unfortunately not the Starship Enterprise; we have to wait a few 100 years or so before that bad boy is …

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International Space Station Crew Comes Home

The crew of the International Space Station returned home after being relieved earlier this week.  The crew of Expedition 29, Commander Mike Fossum and Flight Engineers Satoshi Furukawa and Sergei Volkov, returned to Kazakhstan at 9:26pm EST aboard their Soyuz TMA-02M spacecraft.  After 165 days on the International Space Station and 167 days in orbit, the …

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The International Space Station to Welcome Three Newbies

  On Sunday night at 11:14pm US EST, three astronauts left for a visit to the International Space Station.  The latest trip to the International Space Station includes Anton Shkaplerov, Anatloy Ivanishin and Dan Burbank, Expedition 29 crew members relieving the current crew on November 21, 2011.  According to NASA, the crew of the International …

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Coming to an interstellar mission near you – Tractor Beams

Get ready for tractor beams pulling enemy alien vessels in deep outer space!  Ok, so maybe not in the immediate future anyway.  NASA has awarded a  $100,000 research grant to the Goddard Space Flight Center team of Laser Experts to study how tractor beams could be used to collect smaller samples in space for analysis.  …

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