The Moon! Mars! Asteroids! Rockets! Helium 3! Space solar power! Space tourism! We go through fads, swarm around the hero de jour, and spend far too much time trashing the other guy's ideas in favor of our own.
Space is one of the hardest global policy issues, and one where a failure of imagination can create irreparable ruin. For example, a 2007 anti-satellite missile launch by China created a debris cloud that will last for centuries.
Besides some technical inaccuracies of orbital physics in the film, the big message in this movie is quite clear: space debris poses a grave challenge to routine space operations.
I believed in America, and now I felt let down. What went wrong?
Major breakthroughs in the sciences can come from ideas that at first seem bizarre... even impossible. But the universe has also proved to be stranger than we ever imagined.
Even with several years of New York City living under our belts and mastering creative storage solutions, I just can't seem to find enough space for all my precious pea coats.
Creation myth is a key focus of Gravity, a beautiful new film written by Alfonso Cuarón and Jonas Cuarón, directed by Alfonso Cuarón.
In space, no one can hear you scream -- but with a movie as tense and masterful as Gravity, you'll just be hoping no one in the theater will hear or smell you poop your pants.
"The thing is you are prepared to do your job, but you are not prepared for the view around you. You know, what you see around you is just so magnificent it just kind of blows your mind, and the view of the earth is just incredible."
There are interesting differences between men and women on Earth and in space. Understanding these differences will help promote better health and well being for both sexes on this planet and on Mars.
America needs a viable, multivendor commercial space launch industry with a diversified domestic supply chain and we need it now.
I was so blown away by Elysium that I need two reviews to describe why I think it's the best movie of this summer by far, and probably of 2013.
Europa is so fascinating that when the National Academy of Sciences created their most recent Decadal Survey, it placed a mission to Europa near the very top, only behind Mars. Why all the fuss?
When you think about it, isn't space travel alone -- where only fragile and complex technology can protect you from the most hostile environment imaginable -- a harrowing enough prospect on its own?
The world's algae can provide a reliable and efficient source of power and energy, without the side effects that other fuels have on our environment, and on our wallet.
I remember the points in time, like constellations, / when your hands were still warm / and the floating starships of your fists made galactic mist, / red dwarves to kiss my skin.