Category: Space

Mission to Mars

I’ve heard about a possible one-way Mission to Mars. It definitely caught my attention, but in a peripheral way. I wasn’t sure if it was something NASA was planning to do, or something Rutan was planning to do, or just something some Space-Happy person had suggested. I recently saw that this idea is, indeed, for read and […]

NASA Engineer Excellent Answers

Check out this video by NASA Engineer Ted Garbeff. He made the video in answer to some questions from a four-year old boy in England. The answers include a way to estimate the number of stars in the sky. Also some excellent advice for a future career at NASA!  

Tsiolkovsky: Sixteen Stages of Space Exploration

Russian Rocketman Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovsky, truly a “Citizen of the Universe,” introduced these Sixteen Stages of Space Exploration in 1926. He believed that these incremental steps would bring man into space and allow him to thrive: Design of rocket-propelled airplanes with wings. Progressively increasing the speeds and altitudes reached with these airplanes.  

Why with NYE

Who doesn’t love Bill Nye? He’s not just the science guy. He’s one of a kind, or, as he says – “If you’re like me, and I know I am …” He is also the guy who has a genius for presenting accurate science in an exciting way. His newest science program is Why with […]

Science Fiction and Science

Three men, working independently in three different countries, were at the forefront of liquid-fueled rocket development. Although all three did their work at the start of the 20th century, none of them knew of the others’ work in time to use that work in their investigations, yet all three had one important thing in common.

Luca Parmitano Nearly Drowns in Space

I try to move as little as possible to avoid moving the water inside my helmet. I keep giving information on my health, saying that I’m ok and that repressurization can continue. Now that we are repressurizing, I know that if the water does overwhelm me I can always open the helmet. I’ll probably lose consciousness, but in any case that would be better than drowning inside the helmet. At one point, Chris squeezes my glove with his and I give him the universal ‘ok’ sign with mine. The last time he heard me speak was before entering the airlock!

Sam the Space Monkey: Not the First

Turns out, Sam the Space Monkey wasn’t the first animal to risk life and limb in the pursuit of scientific knowledge. The Montgolfier Brothers used animals in a lighter-than-air flight demonstration before King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette at Versailles on September 19, 1783.

Sam the Space Monkey

Remember Sam? The Rhesus monkey who took a spin on Little Joe 2 as part of the Mercury program back in the early 60’s? Here he is, before and after the flight, showing off his model of the Mercury fiberglass contour couch.

My Book is Out!

Modeling Ships and Space Craft: The Science and Art of Mastering the Oceans and Sky begins with the theories of Aristotle and Archimedes, moving on to examine the work of Froude and Taylor, the early aviators and the Wright Brothers, Goddard and the other rocket men, and the computational fluid dynamic models of our time. It examines the ways each used fluid dynamic principles in the design of their vessels.

Amazing Day at Air and Space

Yesterday I had the opportunity to meet with Dr. John Anderson, Curator of Aerodynamics at the National Air & Space Museum. Dr. Anderson was kind enough to give me a walk-through on the workings of the balances used by the Wright brothers in their wind tunnel. He was thorough and patient in his explanation, stopping […]

No More Manned Moon Missions?!

This can’t be serious. No more Manned Moon Missions?! How are we going to scope out the site for our Moon Base? How are we going to get all the components in place for our launching sites? How are we going to learn what we can from up there – about down here? Manned Moon […]

Lunar Crash Time!

Finally! NASA will be crashing onto the lunar surface tomorrow – TWICE! Why? To kick up a debris plume and search for signs of water! And we’re invited to watch! Click here for the scoop…

If We Put a Man on the Moon …

Back in 1961, when John F. Kennedy called for the United Sates to “commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth”1 it was a daunting proposal. He was asking us to pull together as a nation. To expend […]

UniGalactic

Have you checked out UniGalactic yet? The premier issue of this space travel-related brainchild of Konstantin Zuyev will be published on May 29 and include work by yours truly. The magazine promises to deliver the latest in space travel, tourism, and exploration news and research to its subscribers via the web and in print. It […]