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Written By: grant on August 24, 2014 No Comment

SONG: “Rosetta.” (To download: http://guildofscientifictroubadours.com/choons/grant-Rosetta2.mp3 )

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Based on “‘We’re in orbit!’ Rosetta becomes first spacecraft to orbit comet”, CNN, 6 Aug 2014, as used in the post “Rosetta is orbiting a comet right now.”

ABSTRACT: This isn’t *really* a song about a friend’s child. It’s really a song about [...]

Written By: grant on August 8, 2014 No Comment

Scientific American reports on the technology that’ll help humans explore the Red Planet… first with fuel, then with air to breathe. The next machine to roll across Mars will help us figure out how to make oxygen:

Jack Mustard from Brown University suggests the Mars Oxygen In-situ resource utilization Experiment (MOXIE) technology could in [...]

Written By: grant on August 6, 2014 No Comment

Orbiting a planet is not that big a deal – moons do it all the time. And everyone you’ve ever known has orbited a sun. Feh. But a comet? The little snowballs have their own weird paths around the sun, and, on that scale, they’re really pretty tiny. But CNN is reporting that the [...]

Written By: grant on June 15, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>NASA Satellites [Earth Science Research Spacecraft]</i>

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Look! Look at all the birds!

I honestly can’t find where this image came from originally, but it pops up just about everywhere researchers partner with NASA to do atmospheric research.

Written By: grant on June 13, 2014 No Comment

Washington Post is ready. We’re all ready. NASA is ready. They’ve figured out a way (maybe!) to explore distant stars with warp drive:

NASA engineer and physicist Harold White announced a few years ago that he was working on a potentially groundbreaking idea that could allow space travel faster than the speed of light. Yes, [...]

Written By: grant on June 12, 2014 No Comment

Who could resist that headline? But no, AP has it right – we’re the ones with the eerie, disc-shaped craft, and we’re trying to send it to Mars:

The space agency postponed a launch Wednesday and later scrubbed a scheduled Saturday attempt. It was to test a disc-shaped vehicle and giant parachute off the Hawaiian [...]

Written By: grant on May 20, 2014 No Comment

And now, Nature says, we know the names of the interplanetary stowaways:

Swabs of Curiosity’s surfaces before it was launched, including its heat shield and flight system, revealed 65 species of bacteria. Most were related to the genus Bacillus. In the lab, scientists exposed the microbes to desiccation, UV exposure, cold and pH extremes. [...]

Written By: grant on May 18, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Inside a Bernal Sphere Colony</i>, by Rick Guidice/NASA Ames Research Center

In the 1970s, NASA hired some artists to visualize life in three kinds of space colonies. Here, we’ve got a Bernal Sphere, a “point design with a sphere living area,” or, more simply, a hollow sphere with air on the inside.

In this image, we’ve got a human-powered airplane (really, a hang glider) [...]

Written By: grant on April 11, 2014 No Comment

The Verge explains how a Danger Mouse and The Shins’ James Mercer have joined forces to make some pretty good music… and to save us all from an epic, planet-destroying cataclysm:

…Broken Bells will donate $1 from every ticket sold for their upcoming tour to help protect its fans from asteroids. The band is [...]

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