Arthur C. Clarke has died. To commemorate his passing, I’d like to highlight yet another of his predictions that has come true: the World Wide Web.
In the midst of delving into the history of Soviet space disasters, I just noticed today’s date. It’s the 22nd anniversary of the Challenger disaster.
I was shocked to read that Yuri Gagarin was not the first human to fly in space. My immediate reaction was “My God, Robert Heinlein was right!” But it’s not that simple.
The launch of the space shuttle Atlantis has been delayed until next year after the spacecraft was attacked on the launch pad by a giant spider.
The MESSENGER probe will fire a laser at Venus today. In 2011, it will shoot at Mercury too. Is this really a good idea?
Science reporter John Tierney has challenged his readers to come up with an inventive name and/or explanation for the Saturn hexagon. I’ve already posted one theory about it, but here’s another one: it’s part of a publicity campaign by the Saturn Corporation. You know, the company that makes Saturn cars. They will soon be unveiling…
A polar vortex is (in the words of Wikipedia) “a persistent, large-scale cyclone located near the Earth’s poles.” But some other planets have them too.
Everyone knows that ex-astronaut Lisa Nowak was wearing an official NASA-issue diaper when she was arrested for attempted kidnapping. But exactly what kind of diaper is that?
Scientists are reporting that the polar icecaps on Mars contain huge amounts of water — enough to “blanket the planet in 36 feet of water” if it were all melted.
Carrying firearms or explosives on a spacecraft is a bad idea; those things can easily make a hole in the ship and let the air out, which will ruin everyone’s day. But you can’t require the passengers and crew to be totally defenseless.