Yuri’s Night Is a Time to Celebrate and Reflect on Why We Must Go Into Space

Yuri's Night 2014

Fifty-three years ago today, Yuri Gagarin pierced the veil of Earth’s fragile atmosphere in his Vostok 1 space capsule, becoming the first human being to enter “outer space.” His trip was barely even dipping the tip of a toe into the ocean, but what he began should always be remembered in the annals of human history. In 2001 George and Loretta Whitesides (nee Hidalgo) threw a party to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Yuri’s flight. That party has grown into a yearly event, with over 300 parties around the world being held today and this weekend. Continue reading

10 Things Sci-fi Promised Us That DID Happen in 2013 (or Thereabout)

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Last week I published a list of top 10 things science fiction promised us that didn’t happen in 2013. So, lest you think I’m completely negative, let’s take a look at a few things that did happen in 2013… Continue reading

Have Geeklets, Will Travel: NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility

Wallops Island by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center via Flickr

For 12 years, we’ve been holding Wallops Island as our rainy day activity. After year after year of cloudless sky, we wondered if we’d ever get to the NASA visitor’s center. But our last trip to Chincoteague, Virginia found us driving over the causeway with the window wipers going full blast as we finally cashed in to see what happens just a few miles from our favorite vacation spot. Continue reading

ISS Crew Preparing for an Emergency Spacewalk

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For anyone interested in space and our space program, there is a little drama going on aboard the International Space Station. While the station’s astronauts are not in any danger, a coolant leak in one of the solar arrays has managers at NASA scrambling to reroute power to the other seven arrays and preparing for possible emergency spacewalk on Saturday. The leak is expected to force the shutdown of that solar array sometime this morning. The decision on doing a spacewalk will be made sometime late tonight. NASA TV has been covering these events on and off already, and if there is a spacewalk you will be able to watch it live. You can check in on their live stream here at GeekDad. Continue reading

Join the International Space Apps Challenge This Weekend, Possibly Save the World

International Space Apps Challenge 2013

The International Space Apps Challenge is a two-day technology development event collectively presented by NASA in collaboration with 100 partner organizations including the European Space Agency, TechShop, Raspberry Pi, and the National Science Foundation. Participants will work together, hackathon style, in a 48-hour sprint to solve challenges relevant to improving life on Earth–and in space. Continue reading

Yuri’s Night Is a Time to Celebrate and Reflect on Why We Must Go Into Space

Yuri's Night 2013

Fifty-two years ago today, Yuri Gagarin pierced the veil of Earth’s fragile atmosphere in his Vostok 1 space capsule, becoming the first human being to enter “outer space.” His trip was barely even dipping the tip of a toe into the ocean, but what he began should always be remembered in the annals of human history. In 2001 George and Loretta Whitesides (nee Hidalgo) threw a party to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Yuri’s flight. That party has grown into a yearly event, with over 300 parties around the world being held today and this weekend. Continue reading