In the midst of a series of technical glitches that delayed the planned launch of the Orion capsule by a Delta IV rocket on Thursday, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden is reported to have told NBC News, "We're now on the way to Mars, and that's what's most important." Uh, no.
Most people look at NASA as a space agency and at my childhood projects as natural activities. However, NASA is probably one of the most successful marketing agencies in the 20th century and my childhood is evidence of its enduring influence on society.
Just over a half-century ago, during another time of American insecurity and fear, of things both real and imagined, John F. Kennedy used his legendary but abbreviated presidency to try to chart a course to a more assured future.
Let's take a closer look (if we dare) at the inspiration for the cackling Halloween hag, the patroness of witches: Hekate.
When the Moon is totally in the Earth's shadow, called totality, the Moon will turn an eerie shade of red as sunlight bends through the Earth's atmosphere to reach it. After totality, the Earth's shadow will slowly wipe off the Moon and return it to its normal, full self.
There has never been a more beautiful sky than when I was in the Peace Corps in Paraguay, South America. For two years, I lived in an extremely rural ...
The sun (Helios) was the divine king of the sky for the Greeks. According to the "Homeric Hymn" of Helios: The sun shines his light on both men and im...
My week started out on Sunday with a hundred mile drive from Monterey, California to San Francisco to participate in the AIDS Walk.
Our dining room is officially finished, and we could not be more excited to reveal the finished product. From our magical moon-surface-inspired ceiling to our vintage marquee sign, this room has the perfect eclectic and chic vibe that Joey and I adore.
Its phases have served as a reference point for sailors, doctors, farmers, and now... wine lovers?
If we're serious about human exploration of Mars (or even the moon), then we have to come up with realistic estimates, factoring in all kinds of unforeseen costs.
Events of March 31, 2014 One of the exciting things about living in the Boston area is that the high number of colleges and universities means I'm al...
Backyard astronomers, get ready to feast your eyes on the skies. In April the red planet returns to prime time, and the Moon shows us a darker side.
I guess I've always been a little bit cynical -- not much, mind you, but enough to cause me to look at the current happenings between Russia and Ukraine with a slightly jaundiced eye. How might this affect our relationship in outer space? Is Russia a friend, or are they a foe?
Each of us seems to think ours is the only worthwhile goal. And of course we also each have our own favorite spacecraft, our own perfect solutions and systems and approaches, and everyone else be damned, because my way is the space highway.
This was the first spacecraft to soft-land on lunar surface since Luna-24 launched on August 9, 1976. After the USSR and the U.S. China has become a leading player in the exploration of space and the country will certainly decide to build a permanent lunar station.