New Mexico Space and Science, Part I: Spaceport America

The WhiteKnightTwo in its hangar at Spaceport America. Image courtesy Virgin Galactic

Walter White and Bugs Bunny may be the unofficial mascots of New Mexico, but it’s visionaries like Richard Branson, Elon Musk, and the folks at Spaceport America that are taking a left turn at Albuquerque and turning the empty deserts they find there into the Cape Canaveral of the Southwest. Continue reading

Watch This: Livestream of the Rosetta #CometLanding


We’re actually a ways off from the actual landing, which won’t happen until tomorrow morning – final confirmation of the landing is expected at 8:03am Pacific Time. But if you’d like to spend the next 20-odd hours immersed in a very cool space experience, try tuning into the European Space Agency’s livestream. 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

Amazing Time-Lapse of Images/Video from the ISS Set to The Cinematic Orchestra


Bruce Wayne (no, not THAT Bruce Wayne), who is a professional photgrapher, decided to take it upon himself to assemble, color grade, de-noise, and do a whole bunch of other neat things to media shot from the Internation Space Station. And then he went and set it to one of my personal favorite piececs of music, “Manhatta” by the Cinematic Orchestra. Enjoy this work of space art. Continue reading

New Angry Birds Space Encounter Lands at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

On Friday, Rovio’s Angry Birds franchise took a giant leap into the real world with the unveiling of a new space-themed attraction at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. The new interactive exhibit features a kid-friendly … Continue reading

Kickstart Your Own Space Program With Firefly, A Flexible Mission Control Board

We’ve previously highlighted the Firefly, an Arduino-compatible system with onboard power, charging, data logging, and radio communications–all the standard stuff that can take a while to piece together individually. The flexible “mission control” board can be used for a variety of projects … Continue reading