I didn't look into the exact time that Apollo 11 launched, nor when John F. Kennedy Jr.'s plane hit the water. It was remarkable enough to me that both flights had happened on the same day.
Events of October 27, 2013 Captain Michael López-Alegría, COMMERCIAL SPACEFLIGHT FEDERATION President with Zoe P. Strassfield, author, at the Harv...
Go see Gravity. You won't be disappointed. No space aliens or even a love story needed for this space adventure starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
My friend and neighbor Robert, a former NASA engineer with a super-powerful 1961 Questar telescope (140x) in his backyard, showed me Saturn the other...
What UFO proponents and sci-fi story writers too often fail to appreciate is the distance scale of the universe. It is HUGE. REALLY HUGE.
The sheer distances involved, coupled with the combination of moderately strong gravity and a very thin atmosphere make Mars a challenging place to get to. That is why the mission architecture selected does matter.
Would the gassed-up "well-oiled" "coal-fired" rogue, petrostates ravage the whole Earth to a point where it is useful only for extraction of natural resources -- Earth as a coal mine? You might wonder where will the super-rich escape to then? To space.
It's that time of year again--a time of year space fans love! Those of you who saw my posts last year will remember that April 12th is Yuri's Night, t...
Ceding America's leadership in space, world passing us by? Uh, nothing could be farther from the truth.
It's not the most colorful place on the planet, but that's only because it isn't on the planet. Space tourism is going to happen. In fact, it's happening as we speak -- and far be it from me not to jump on this bandwagon.
Mars has been restored to the reachable horizons of human spaceflight. Millionaire financier and engineer Dennis Tito has announced a plan to launch a middle-aged married couple on a flyby mission to the planet in early January 2018, returning them to Earth a year and a half later.
It is highly likely that the generation that will first step foot on Mars is already with us. Assuming these individuals are still of school age today, "The Mars Generation" will have a much different perspective of the world than previous generations.
I'm on rutted, dirt roads in the Jornada del Muerto desert of southern New Mexico headed to Spaceport America, the world's first purpose-built commercial spaceport. It's adjacent to White Sands Missile Range where, for 70 some years, assorted rockets, nuclear bombs and other WMDs have been tested.
Continued testing and updates of mission plans continue to assure that the Curiosity rover's drill will operate as planned, when needed, for the primary mission and beyond. Now let's go drill some rocks and get on with the exploration of Mars!
Although Curiosity is not designed to verify life, we are left to wonder -- if Curiosity did discover life on Mars, what would be the impact of that discovery to the general public and to the future of human and robotic exploration of Mars?
When Neil Armstrong passed away in August, for many people, including myself, his death marked not just the loss of a truly great American, but the end of an era.