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Waste Some Time with a New Livestream from Space

May 19, 2014 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

Here’s something to watch that’s even better than the stuff freshly recorded onto your DVR. A few weeks ago a new live feed was flipped on for the first time, and now viewers from across the globe can check out what’s going on out in outer space—live.

The link can be found right here, but just note that sometimes things might be a little more interesting than other times. Black scenes are common, as that means it’s the night side of the Earth. Sometimes cameras are switching things up, and there are times when the downlink isn’t work quite right. Remember that this is a live look into space, so we can expect a couple hiccups in the connectivity every now and then.

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Plan Summer Road Trips Around Celestial Sights

April 29, 2014 at 5:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

What else is there to see in the sky this season? After today's first solar eclipse of 2014 (visible only in Australia and Antarctica), thirst is high for more nights spent with an eye to the sky. For a clue or two, we turn to one of our favorite Facebook pages, i fucking love science (IFLS). The page, which describes its mission as existing for "the funny side of science...quotes, jokes, memes and anything your admin finds awesome and strange," has over 13 million "likers."

Filed in among those memes and jokes is some spectacularly useful information, good enough to inspire summer travels. For example, take their quick guide to dates with celestial events (above) and meteor showers (below).

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Smithsonian Air and Space Museum to Get First Refresh Since the 1970s

April 16, 2014 at 9:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

We checked out the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum when we were kids, and when we visited it recently—it looked exactly as we remembered it. Turns out that things haven’t really changed much since the place’s debut back in 1976, but thankfully that’s about to change as the place is undergoing a little bit of a 21st century facelift.

There will be some temporary closures of exhibits over the next two years, but it’s a small price to pay to get things looking shiny and new once again. Obviously history hasn’t really changed, but the curator folks are changing up what they’re showing off. Things from the Apollo moon landing will now be one of the main features that greet guests, while great goodies from the past like the Spirit of St. Louis, the Mercury capsule from the first Earth orbit, and an Apollo Lunar Module will all be some of the stuff on display.

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EarthWatch Institute Celebrated April Fools' Day with a 608-Day Trip to Mars

April 2, 2014 at 2:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

Yesterday, the EarthWatch Institute celebrated April Fool's Day by offering "the first public expedition to Mars in search of water and life."

In a press release EarthWatch promised an idyllic journey in which "volunteers will spend their days hiking through meteor craters and Earth-gazing, all while looking for signs of water and life."

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Felix Baumgartner's Red Bull Stratos Space Jump Lives Again

February 18, 2014 at 6:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

When it comes to aviation, Dayton, Ohio seems to have all the best stuff. There's the history of the Wright Brothers, the Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum in nearby Wapakoneta, and the National Museum of the US Air Force. You'd think those would be enough attractions for the middle of Ohio, but not so.

Dayton is now temporarily home to Felix Baumgartner's Red Bull Stratos capsule and spacesuit.

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Last Call: Tours of NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building End February 11

January 16, 2014 at 7:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

Heading to Florida anytime soon? If not, you may want to consider a trip since tours through NASA's massive Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) in Titusville are ending on February 11, 2014.

The reason for discontinuing the tours is simple: "As a working spaceflight facility, NASA is preparing the VAB for the new SLS launch systems for 2017."

Now that Space Shuttles have begun their retirement as static displays in several US cities, NASA is moving on to the next stage of space exploration with the Space Launch System (SLS). In order to develop and construct what will be space vehicles designed to lift 70-130 metric tons (and astronauts!) into orbit and, perhaps, even to Mars.

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Volunteers Needed for a Long-Term Space Travel Study in Hawaii

October 23, 2013 at 1:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Have you wanted to travel to space but lack the degrees and/or money to get there? Here's your chance to volunteer for the next best thing.

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is looking for volunteers age 18-65 to take part in a series of space exploration studies that will provide essential information needed for long-duration space exploration missions, like those astronauts hope to one day make to Mars.

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'Space Race' is One Reality Show You'll Want to Watch

October 8, 2013 at 9:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

You know we like to follow the goings on of Sir Richard Branson and his Virgin Galactic project, and now we’ll be able to do from the comfort of our couch. Virgin Galactic is teaming up with the mastermind behind shows like Survivor and The Voice—Mark Burnett—to launch a reality show to give away a ride into space.

Details are limited at this point, but we’d imagine that things would follow the basic premise of pretty much all reality shows. Unique personalities, wacky competitions, and plenty of drama should lead to a show worthy of a spot on our DVR. We do know that the show will be called "Space Race," and the big winner will get a ride aboard SpaceShipTwo.

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NASA's Space Shuttle-Carrying Boeing 747 to Open for Tours in 2015

September 12, 2013 at 9:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

Houston has a problem.

Or, rather, Houston had a problem, as their bitterness from being passed over when NASA handed out Space Shuttles may be staunched by the delivery of the special 747 carrier plane instead.

Okay, so the home of Mission Control will likely never heal from the pain of the Shuttle decision, but a consolation prize does mean the city's Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center will have something other than laboratories, training rooms and the mission control center to show off to visitors. According to Space.com, the modified 747 "Shuttle Carrier Aircraft" will be disassembled with Boeing's help, shipped to Houston, and reassembled within a brand new, $12 million, six-story building at Space Center Houston, adjacent to Johnson Space Center.

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The Best Places for Viewing Tonight's Perseid Meteor Shower

August 12, 2013 at 1:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

Tonight, between 10:30 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. local time, those in areas away from light pollution and heavy cloud cover will be able to observe some 60-100 meteors streaking across the sky as the annual Perseid Meteor Shower hits its peak. According to NASA, you'll want to look straight up and budget for the extra time it'll take for your eyes to adjust.

Wondering where is the best place to view the celestial event? Here's a few ideas from our recent travels:

· On an airplane!: Just as the Northern Lights are visible from airplanes in flight, so too are meteor showers. After all, in a major jet aircraft you fly above the clouds and, at night, the crew typically turns off the cabin lights. Even @BritishAirways is encouraging travelers tonight to keep their windowshades up—talk about in-flight entertainment!

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Head to the Middle of Nowhere, New Mexico for a Tour of Spaceport America

August 6, 2013 at 3:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's crazy to think that Spaceport America, the middle-of-nowhere New Mexico base for Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, has already been open for just over two years. We may not yet have regular flights to space, but while that day grows nearer the public is very welcome to come have a look around.

The Spaceport, located in the Chihuahuan Desert 150 miles south of Albuquerque, actually offers public tours aimed at "giving guests an up close look at the spaceflight facilities before operations begin." The tours have grown so popular that the tour operators, Follow The Sun Inc., have changed the pick-up point to a more central location (The Holiday Inn, with free breakfast!) in the hot springs town of Truth or Consequences.

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Virgin Galactic Zooms through 'Cold Flow' Test to Inch Closer to Space

April 23, 2013 at 9:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

We haven’t heard that much from Virgin Galactic recently, but that doesn’t mean the space ship team hasn’t been hard at work behind the scenes. They’re still doing their very best to ensure that space tourism becomes a reality sooner than later. That’s definitely good, since from what it sounds like, the space flight carrier already has more than a few customers on the books and ready to go.

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip Two just finished its latest round of testing, and thankfully things all went according to plan. The latest aerial endeavor was known as a "cold flow” test. They haven't lit the rocket engines on this sucker just yet, but it means they've completed pretty much everything else—so that means they’re ready for the next step. The ship’s contrail was even visible for the first time, so now we know how awesome the thing will look like when it blasts away from earth.

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