America is between mythologies. Gone are the days of a Superpower High Noon. Gone are the days when the biggest is equated with the best. Until recently, part of the glory of America was that it didn't need to know who it was.
Matt Damon stars as an astronaut left for dead on the planet Mars. As it turns out, he is not dead, but by the time he comes to consciousness, his space shuttle, crew, and capability to communicate with NASA are long gone.
There are a number of oddities inherent to space missions. Some are obvious and predictable: communication delays and dependence upon spacesuits, for example. Others are a little more... unexpected.
On November 25, 1915, Albert Einstein finally announced the complete mathematical details of his General Relativity Theory in the last of a series of four papers, but gravity and the nature of space itself, remain as mysterious today as they were back then.
"There is no doubt that those Martians perished while waiting to get on the ride," says professor Irwin Lafferdean of the Institute of Interplanetary Amusement. "Can even advanced species survive the quest for reasonably-priced fun for all ages? I don't know. Damn it, I just don't know."
Water on Mars! Highballs in time for the Holidays?
There are four boys in my life; none truly boys at all. I don't think of them this way, especially now that they are all grown men with tremendous hea...
After spending a hundred and seventy days and seventy-one million miles in orbit on the International Space Station, Astronaut Ron Garan had a transformative experience.
If this little device can bring a sky full of stars into my 8 foot by 3 foot bunk on simulated Mars, maybe the right sort of technology can allow the right sort of human to be at ease with few or no true windows to our future worlds.
Coincidences, coincidences, coincidences. It's all coming together on Sunday for THE astronomical event of the year.
Do you have the right to room on a plane? If you answered "no," you're probably with the majority of American travelers. After all, airlines are private companies, and you always have the option of paying more for an upgraded seat, don't you?
In the observable universe, galaxies (the gravitational grouping of stars, dust, gas and dark matter) come in three main flavors: spirals, ellipticals and irregulars. Yet each flavor has its own distinguishing characteristic.
I find myself living at a very particular point in the almost 4 billion years of the evolution of life on this planet. I feel extraordinarily lucky to be alive right now, when for the very first time, we are able to investigate terrestrial life on scales smaller than the size of atoms, as well as look to the skies for evidence of extra-terrestrial life many hundreds of light years beyond Earth.
You know those moments where you can almost hear god laughing? This is one of them.
I was an atheist who died and discovered I was wrong. A "straight-A" kid willing to worship only the preachings of scientific method, finding all religion and spiritual mumbo jumbo to be a crock o' shit. That is, until I stopped breathing.
What do you say during your last few minutes "on Earth"? Things will break. We will not. How I know that I just can't say. I think it's because we prefer to laugh more than we like just about anything else. Even science. Even being astronauts for a year during NASA's longest planned Mars simulation.