This visualization from NASA, shows yearly deviation in average temperature from a mid-twentieth century baseline. It shows 1950 to 2013.
Well, sort of, he says we got a few things wrong.
Hmmmm, jelly donuts on Mars, sign me up to go. Speaking of Mars, how did the rover that was to last only three months just keep going?
Water, water everywhere. Or so it seems.
Our weather word of the day.
Whoa! This is a very scary robot. It can even drive a car. I can see why it won.
This has long been suspected…
One of the oddest, most interesting characters in amateur science. He revolutionized home astronomy and taught thousands of people how to make powerful home telescopes, he died on January 15th at 98.
Image: Associated Press
In 1964 two of the greatest science fiction writers of the twentieth century looked ahead 50 years and predicted what our modern world would be like. They got a lot of things right.
First Isaac Asimov. Asimov wrote over 200 books in his lifetime. Non-fiction books in every category of the Dewey Decimal system (the only writer to do so) and some important fiction as well.
Next, Arthur C. Clarke. Clarke is best known as the author of the book and film “2001: A Space Odyssey”, however he was the first to propose geosynchronous telecommunications satellites, pushed for manned space flight as an activist/scientist and helped create NASA, and was a trail blazing Ocean explorer.
First, Space.com’s picks for the top 11 skywatching events of the upcoming year…
Second, universe Today’s exhaustive month-by-month guide to upcoming astronomical events…
Finally, a cool image to get you thinking from Phil Platt. What would a lunar eclipse look like from the moon?
Thanks to Kai for the last one.
Well it looks like we’ll be seeing some truly cold weather as school starts back up. It’s summer in Antarctica right now, but it’s a good time to reflect on how cold it can get on our planet (remember, being in the Southern Hemisphere, their winter is during our summer). Few scientists can take wintering on the Antarctic continent. The population of the whole continent drops to only a few hundred over the winter and they must pass a rigorous screening process before they are allowed to do so. The video below shows what “Condition 1” weather is like. No travel outside quarters is permitted during these conditions.
Makes you feel warmer already, doesn’t it?
“The “Super Ball Bot”, under development at NASA Ames, is a robotic exoskeleton designed to land on the surface of Titan without a parachute or airbag.”
According to Space.com
China has accomplished the first soft landing on the moon since 1976! They are only the third country to do so.
Update: The “Jade Rabbit” rover is sending back it’s first pictures…
Iran says they have launched a monkey into space, controversy ensues…
Getting closer and closer to finding remains of life of the Red Planet.
Well one hurdle won’t be quite as high as expected…
You tell ’em Bill!
ISON is gone, but Comet Lovejoy can be seen, but not without binoculars or a small telescope and clear skies….
Chris Hadfield is one cool guy. PBS News Hour’s Miles O’Brien interviewed Hadfield about his new book.
India’s MOM (Mars Orbital Mission) probe is on it’s way to Mars after a bit of a rocky start, thus making India only the fourth space agency to have a probe make it to the red planet.
note – Space.com is becoming too clogged with ads.
NASA’s LADEE probe is on it’s way to the moon…
This is very cool. “inFORM is a Dynamic Shape Display that can render 3D content physically, so users can interact with digital information in a tangible way. inFORM can also interact with the physical world around it, for example moving objects on the table’s surface. ”
Video: Tangible Media Group