Paradoxically, as we consider the easy-to-see light in the world, it is the hidden things lurking in the darkness that control much of the destiny of the universe, offers the rebirth of stars and solar systems from its substance, and allows us to see our sun's ineffable halo!
Alongside me the day in 1992 when we launched, in the historical background, were others -- the African-American engineers, rocket scientists, physicists, administrators, technicians and life scientists who helped build the space program.
I am proud to be among the pioneering cadre of Black astronauts who broke both gravitational and color barriers when we first blasted off into space.
You may be wondering why anyone would want to take a one-way trip to Mars, and honestly I wonder that myself. However, Dutch company Mars One plans to do just that, and they received over 200,000 applicants vying to take the trip.
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.
Despite all the agency has done, despite all it has to offer, so long as human spaceflight is at the core of NASA's existence, it will never evolve beyond a faint echo of its prior self.
As we close-to-NASA folk pause to reflect on the Apollo 1 fire (Jan. 27, 1967), the Challenger disaster (Jan. 28, 1986), and the Columbia tragedy (Feb. 1, 2003) -- I took some time to reflect on whether we as a nation learned anything from these tragedies.
As someone who's taken a fair share of science classes, I know that it can be difficult to tie the daily homework assignments of configuring compounds in chemistry or calculating velocity in physics to a broader world perspective.
The light your eye captures from this object tonight has traveled through space since Galileo first used a telescope.
India has realized a decades-old dream by launching its first satellite into orbit last week, and doing it on a rocket built with its own technology.
What better way to learn a valuable, humbling lesson than by having a total, unadulterated freak-out? Having two of them. I would know. Though each ...
We must contact our representatives and voice our opinions that NASA is worth it. The technological benefits resulting from our investment in NASA and her programs show up in Walmart, Target and Costco with time.
The phenomenon where our brains find seemingly significant patterns in images or sounds has an actual name: pareidolia. Remember this one if you want to impress in your next round of Scrabble or trivia night.
With a distinctively science fiction flavor, composer/bassist Ben Allison's latest The Stars Look Very Different Today follows a Star Trekian path to "... boldly go where no man has gone before."
Jupiter is at maximum brilliancy, reflecting the greatest amount of sunlight straight back to us, and it's also visible all night, rising at sunset and setting at sunrise.
No one wears watches anymore. They've become as much of an anachronism as cursive handwriting whose death occurred in less than a generation. The nex...