Friday, May 29, 2009

The Saturn V lives!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bj4lj6YSwzg

Cool! too bad it wasn't a multi-stage rocket.

At around 4:00, they replay the launch in slow motion.

I guess they should call it the Saturn .5 since it is a 1/10th scale model.

Mars Rover Update

Status (Spirit still trying to get unstuck, but extra energy is helping science; Opportunity is on the move to Endeavour crater -> it is over the 10 mile mark!):
http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/status.html#spirit

Opportunity Pictures (Victoria Crater panorama):
http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/newsroom/pressreleases/20090521a.html

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

A possible source of rocketship propulsion

http://nextbigfuture.com/2009/05/interview-dr-richard-nebel-of.html

along with a lot of other good stuff.

E.T. is bacteria

http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/05/04/1921655.aspx

I agree with Fermi. If there was other intelligent life in the galaxy it would have been here by now.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermi_paradox

I'm not against looking, but I think it is a much bigger longshot than people think, and the government shouldn't spend any taxpayer money on it.

Hubble Update

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30580829/

Should be good!

I predict that Hubble will get at least one more service mission; probably robotic since the shuttle won't be available. It is very expensive to put telescopes in space, so it will be cheaper to try and fix Hubble the next time, than launch another one. Even though the James Web telescope will be better than Hubble, there are only 24 hours in a day and there will be more requests for viewing than there is time on the JW telescope.

Fungus Amongus

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30588385/

Another example of how the space station was oversold (as a platform for these type of experiments.