Thursday, December 04, 2008

Mars Rover Update

Spirit's low power strategy:
Status: (Spirit: serious but stable, Opportunity: getting ready for solar conjunction)

Spirit Pictures:

Oppotunity Pictures:

Mysterious Venus

UV spots are spooky.

Buried Galcier on Mars


Requiem for a Lander


What happened to Mars' magnetic field?

Inquiring minds want to know!

What a shame!


Chinese Scientists to Blast Off

The more the merrier.

Out of this world gift guide

I like the glow in the dark sweatshirt with the Milky Way myself.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Phoenix R.I.P.

The main thing we learned is that dropping soil through a grate is a BAD idea...

Looks like a big red eyeball to me

But apparently there is a planet in there...

Chandrayaan 1 Update

Looking good so far.

I wonder if they can claim the Google X Prize?

Just kidding. They are a country!

Of course they crash landed, which means they wouldn't win the X Prize anyway.

Congrats to India. May many other countries follow.

Recycling to the Max!

Get used to it in space. There is no alternative.

Shrinking the Gap

That is the most important issue for the incoming adminstration & Congress.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Space Elevator Update

Mars Rover Update

Status (Spirit is heating up and Opportunity is on the road -> it is 12km to Endeavour Crater):

Spirit Pictures:

Opportunity Pictures:


Hmmm. Maybe NASA does hold the high value cards...

Happy 50th NASA!

Boldly go!

I'd like to join this space club

Robo sidekick

Just what every astronaut needs!

Messenger Update

Another flyby on the way to orbiting Mercury.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Tums on Mars!

Tums == Calcium Carbonate

If a Marsonaut gets a tummy ache, he is all set.


Orion Update

Here's hoping the next President and Congress keeps NASA on its Christmas List. Obama has revised his stance on Orion, so there is less of a difference bewteen the two candidates now.

Just why is Mars' icecap asymetrical?

Finally we have an idea!

Lasers for Communications

Got to go HiDef if NASA is going to maintain public support.

Moon Base

Hey, we can dream can't we?

Hubble in the Hurt Tank

Hopefully, they will get up there to fix it one more time...

Fourth Time's the Charm
At least Musk is using his own money.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Extend the Life of the Shuttle?

Trust me, that is going to happen no matter who becomes President. No one will want to rely on the Russians for access to space. Hmmm Maybe we can start contracting with the Chinese instead? That will tweak the Bear.

Update on China's Manned Space Flight

They are going to try a spacewalk.

Go China Go!

p.s. I never understood why a spacewalk helps you get to the Moon. On all of NASA's missions, the astronauts stayed inside the spacecraft. You should practice MOON walking since you are going to the MOON! Of course NASA did spacewalks too, and they are important for the space station, so if China wants to build a spacestation it makes sense, but the Apollo program was designed to go to the MOON!


New "Endeavour" for Opportunity

Got for it!

Sunday, September 21, 2008


Welcome to the planet-something club to:
the latest dwarf planet: Haumea
This is a new class of Hawaiian dwarf planets...


It looks like a football, so maybe we should have a new class of planet:

Pigskin Planets.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Mars Pix

Opportunity is out of Victoria Crater:

They were worried it was going lame (one wheel motor is getting flaky) so they wanted to get back to level ground first.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

I guess Iran is more serious than I thought's+mission+to+send+astronaut+into+orbit+sparks+fears+it+wants+to+put+weapons+in+space/

about getting into the space race.

The more the merrier. Space Race. Space Race!

Whole lotta diggin' goin' on!

I think JPL should double check the person who named a trench:
"Burn Alive 3"

for banned substances...

Vision for Spaceflight

FAA that is. This is progress!

*** UPDATE *** The key point of this article is that NASA is turning over low Earth orbit to commerical firms and concentrating on exploration. I predict a new era of great achievements by NASA if it gets enough money. The space race with the rest of the world, should force the Congress and whoever the next President is, to provide that money.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

More on latest Plutoid

MakeMake (MAH-kay MAH-kay). I think this is a terrible spelling. They should have spelled it phonetically and split it into two words or forget the capital in the middle:

Mahke Mahke or mahkemahke

Think of the Hawaiian spelling for the Dorado fish:
Mahi Mahi or Mahimahi

More on Mars Water History

Water was ALL over the place!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Latest Plutiod

Makemake? No offense to the Polynesians, but what a pitiful name. Maybe it was a bad translation.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Alternative to Ares

Interesting, but the horse has left the barn. The Constellation collection of rockets will have heavy lift, so I'm not sure what they are talking about when they say we are going to lose our heavy lift capability. It will be gone until the Ares V is built, but from what I know the Ares V will be enough to go to the Moon & Mars.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Mars Lander Update

If the next is the last sample, then I have to say it is poor engineering. You would think that they would test for clumpy soil.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Life on Mars?

We should find out in the next 10 years whether or not there is currently life on Mars by looking for isotopes of methane.