NASA's successful launch of the Orion spacecraft was an important step, but it is only like dipping a toe in the cosmic ocean. In fact, the future of U.S. space leadership is being starved by lack of funding. Continued neglect will harm our national security, and our economy.
If you are a planetary scientist, you are having one of your best years... ever! Beyond the drama of the images, the technology that makes them possible is also amazing. How could anyone NOT be excited by the exploration of our solar system? Who needs the distant stars... for now.
The 96-mile-wide crater that NASA's Curiosity rover has been exploring probably once held a vast lake.
In a city known around the world for its overindulgance, a beacon in the muddy, drunk darkness has arrived. For those of us who don't know our alcohol...
I have come to the understanding that in many ways, looking up has been a convenient distraction from looking around. It allows me to opt out of facing the darkness here on Earth.
In recent years, it seems that the allure of space has once again captured the minds of a generation.
Interstellar was more than just a movie about space and discovery. It was a movie about love. It was a movie that showed everyone that love is still the most powerful thing in this world.
Fund NASA, invest in SpaceX, write your congressperson, and vote. Space travel isn't just cool. It isn't just something to do because we can. If Interstellar has anything to teach us, it's that space travel can save our species. The truth is we might need saving very soon.
In early December, NASA will take an important step into the future with the first flight test of the Orion spacecraft -- the first vehicle in history capable of taking humans to multiple destinations in deep space.
I've seen the future. It looks like a microwave oven, but inside, a small robot arm is zipping away, making things. As I watched this working three-D printer on display at the main in BHV department store in Paris, I remembered seeing my first fax machine in the 1980s.
In a remarkable development, scientists have received a message from deep space in which aliens want to know how and where they can get the bowling shirt of hot, scantily-clad women worn by Rosetta physicist Matt Taylor.
For the most part, we have lost contact with the heavens. The stars that gave our ancestors comfort and -- sometimes -- direction are nearly lost to us now. It is not just the light pollution of our cities, it is the blue-lit, seductive attraction of our digital devices that block us from looking to the night sky.
While this film's premise is overdrawn, the idea that our descendants may feel compelled to fly the terrestrial coop isn't nuts. Nor is it the movie's greatest fictional leap. That honor belongs to the choice of destination.
Ladies and gentlemen. It is my opinion, in every fiber of my being, that I have just witnessed not just the best film of this century thus far, but one of the best to have hit the eyes, imaginations, and consciousness of audiences worldwide.
There are moments in time when the coincidence of art and reality interact to allow us a glimpse into the context of history. The release of the Christopher Nolan film Interstellar a few days after two catastrophes in our space endeavor gives us one of those moments.
The script, by director/writer Christopher Nolan and his brother, writer Jonathan Nolan, doesn't let the film get off the ground, literally, for 50 minutes. It meticulously, laboriously sets up the backstory and the reason why a trip to outer space is a do-or-die mission.