The F-35 joint strike fighter, the United States' most expensive warplane to date, was supposed to cost $1.5 trillion over 50 years. The current contract is seven years behind schedule and $163 billion over budget. Here are four other things the US could have bought with the waste from the program.
When the first trailer for Ridley Scott's big screen adaptation of Andy Weir's Sci-Fi novel The Martian was released, the response was so overwhelmingly positive that 20th Century Fox opted to move its release date forward in order to avoid big screen rivals such as James Bond, The Hunger Games, and Star Wars
If you make wedding photos for your sister, and all the relatives appear no larger than a dot, she probably won't be ordering prints. But in astronomy, that small image can sometimes be enough to make a major discovery
The Martian has emerged at a significant juncture in our nation's space program. After over 50 years of talking about sending humans to Mars, momentum is finally building for humanity to actually achieve that goal.
I cannot recall a more eventful month than this July: We discovered the first Earth-like planet outside our solar system, capped a nine-and-a-half year space journey with the first shots back from Pluto, and saw the first report of a landmass "missing" its sun.
Beware what follows! I have no more right to be thinking, much less writing, these words than the last drunk picked up in Times Square last night. But, I am, possibly, different from that guy because I read the Science Times in the New York Times on June 9th. I doubt they supply the TIMES daily in jail?
"Nowhere is there a more idyllic spot, a vacation home more private and peaceful, than in one's mind, especially when it is furnished in such a wa...
Pluto has a big heart and now we've captured it. The New Horizons team has named the distinctive heart-shaped feature splayed across the newly clarified surface of the dwarf planet the Tombaugh Regio to honor Pluto's Earthly discoverer.
We need to figure this out how to do a little better than we have been doing... seeing this picture made me incredibly aware of that.
When New Horizons zipped by Pluto the other day, I read a comment somewhere that the oldest living person on Earth had been born before Orville and Wilbur Wright completed their first flight ... and now we've sent a spacecraft to the most distant planet in our solar system, and beyond.
I just watched the trailer for The Martian and am looking forward to seeing this one and reading the book. What really resonated with me was the concept that we as humans will do whatever we can to help someone in need.
Becoming detached from the International Space Station (ISS) during an EVA (spacewalk) is a low probability occurrence. While not likely to happen, since it is possible, astronauts prepare for it.
Perhaps the politicians think that only by sending people into space will public support for space exploration be maintained. I think Americans are smarter than that.
Star Wars fans are people who enjoy high fantasy, mythic stories. They like action, drama, romance and teasing out deeper significances to the characters and plot points, relating them to other myths and archetypes in literature. They like technology to be fun and futuristic without needing to understand how it works.
Right now, I have the exquisite opportunity of being between worlds. I've just left a job after 14 years. I'm exchanging my comfortable, predictable j...
On July 14 (Bastille Day for my colleagues in France), astronomers the world over will be closely watching their computers as NASA's New Horizons Pluto-Kuiper Belt Mission probe will come within "approach" distance and fly by the dwarf planet Pluto and its largest moon, Charon.