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45 Years Since the Moon Landing

July 20, 2014

Forty-five years ago today Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first people to walk on the Moon.  Michael Collins drew the short straw and had to stay in orbit. Real heroes achieving a milestone in history on par with the discovery of the New World, and one which required less computing power to accomplish [...]

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Really Close Asteroid Flyby Tomorrow

February 14, 2013

Tomorrow at around 2:25pm asteroid DA-2012 will pass only 17,200 miles from our planet.  That’s nearly 5,000 miles closer than many GPS satellites!  In fact, it’s the closest flyby ever recorded by NASA.  While scary, at the same time it’s cool that NASA can track a 150-foot rock flying so close to us. Though it [...]

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The Passing of Neil Armstrong

August 26, 2012

Yesterday, Neil Armstrong died at the age of 82 from complications due to a heart procedure.  Hardly a person on Earth needs to ask who he was or what he did.  When you’re the first person to set foot on another world, there are few who could ever possibly match that feat — only eleven [...]

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“Curiosity” Lands on Mars

August 6, 2012

Last night the latest Mars rover, “Curiosity,” touched down on the Red Planet to great fanfare.  Here’s a news report covering the basics: NASA needs successes since Obama mothballed the space shuttle, made NASA focus on Muslim outreach, and the overall state of the economy has government officials targeting NASA’s budget more and more.  This [...]

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Last Launch of the Space Shuttle

July 9, 2011

I can’t really remember a time before the space shuttle, being about four years old on its maiden voyage in 1981.  So, watching the space shuttle Atlantis lift-off on the shuttle program’s last mission yesterday was poignant, especially since there’s a void and a lack of direction left in its wake.  I imagine this is [...]

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NASA: Life Finds Another Way

December 2, 2010

NASA had some big news today regarding the discovery that arsenic can also be used with phosphorus as a basic building block of life.  The gist to us lay folk is that it was thought that only a certain cocktail of elements could produce life, but NASA’s research has found that life is more creative.  [...]

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Muslims in Space?

July 6, 2010

Back to school, kids: #1.  According to the head of NASA, the “foremost” mission of the space agency will be which of the following: A.)  going back to the moon B.)  expanding the International Space Station C.)  developing the next generation of space transportation crafts D.)  improving relations with the Muslim world Any third grader would [...]

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