Remember when the people who ran NASA aspired to great things, like putting men on the moon and exploring the vasty blackness of our final frontier? These days, it takes much less to get then excited. Witness the headline of today’s big press release: NASA Announces Plan To Win The Future With Fiscal Year 2012 [...]

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Jimmie on December 21st, 2010

My plan last night was to wake up not long before 3 AM and catch a good chunk of the lunar eclipse, past totality (which is not terribly exciting viewing) into the unveiling of the moon from the Earth’s shadow (which is incredibly cool). Alas, I also saw Tron: Legacy earlier in the evening and [...]

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Jimmie on December 20th, 2010

I like to think I’m more plugged in to science news than the average person, but I don’t think I’m plugged in so much that I believe that NASA had this glorious a year. NASA in 2010 set a new course for human spaceflight, helped rewrite science textbooks, redefined our understanding of Earth’s nearest celestial [...]

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Hmmm… WASHINGTON — NASA will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 2, to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life. Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe. The news conference will be held at [...]

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Jimmie on November 4th, 2010

This is simply stunning video. I can not imagine how much time and effort went into making it but I’m certainly glad it’s here. Farrell added a few details about where he took the photographs used in the video and how he put it all together. Check it out.

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I never got to do anything this cool in my college days. When a NASA satellite met its doom in a fiery blaze in Earth’s atmosphere after a seven-year mission, a bunch of college students were at the controls. But these students didn’t hack into NASA to take the satellite for a destructive joyride — [...]

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Jimmie on July 29th, 2010

The spice must flow! Gusty winds that blow in reverse of prevailing weather on Saturn’s largest moon Titan appear to shape some of the moon’s odd equatorial sand dunes, a new study finds. Huge dunes of tiny particles of carbon cover more than 20 percent of Titan’s surface. A particular band of these dunes — within [...]

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Jimmie on February 26th, 2010

How big are the big things in the universe? Very, very big. And we are very, very small. Which is why we really do need to start building that Giant Space Laser right away. Bonus points if you can identify the movie theme used in the first half of the video. (via Caleb Howe)

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