Thank you for the wonderful Opportunity to visit Mars

This last week saw the official end of the Opportunity rover’s mission on Mars. NASA was unable to coax it back to life after signalling it for about eight months. This remarkable rover continued exploring Mars long after it’s original 90 day mission. There is a wealth of imagery, and other information available on the […]

Grainy Moon photos were a ruse!

Those grainy Moon photos the public saw back in the early days of NASA’s Moon missions were a ruse! No, not that ruse. Humans really went to the Moon. The ruse is that NASA actually captured much higher resolution images, but didn’t disclose them publicly because they didn’t want the Soviets to know how good […]

Voyager 2 enters interstellar space and all I can think about are Klingons

Last week we learned that Voyager 2 had followed in its sibling’s metaphorical footsteps, and entered interstellar space. According to Ars Technica: On Monday, NASA announced that one of its longest-running experiments has started a new phase. Five years after Voyager 1 reached interstellar space, its sibling, Voyager 2, has joined it there. While the […]

The sound of wind on Mars

NASA’s InSight probe has heard the sound of wind on Mars. Just think about that for a moment: the sound of wind on Mars! I played this for our kids this morning. Our son seemed to be impressed, although our daughter’s response was something along the lines of: “Meh, it sounds like wind … 🙄”. […]

How Humans first walked on the Moon in Apollo 11

Vox has a terrific video that explains how the Apollo 11 mission worked, and how the astronauts that took part in the mission made their way to the Moon and back. If you’re into old footage of historical events like this, also be sure to check out the CBS coverage of the lunar landing (also […]

Our home on a cloudy day in May 1969

One of the many things I like about having a Chromecast is seeing images like this beautiful photograph of our home planet courtesy of NASA’s Image of the Day initiative.

One of the coolest Star Trek-reality crossovers ever

Imagine real astronauts on the bridge of the Star Trek Enterprise and you’d probably see a Space Shuttle crew.

Spellbound by views of Earth from the ISS

The ISS captures amazing imagery of the Earth and it’s all freely available online. I watched two videos, in particualr, that just blew my mind.

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