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Reignite Your Passion for Space Travel With ‘The Smithsonian History of Space Exploration’

Reignite Your Passion for Space Travel With ‘The Smithsonian History of Space Exploration’

Take a trip through time and the universe with a new book about our searches among the stars. Read More

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‘Miles From Tomorrowland’ Makes a #JourneyToMars

‘Miles From Tomorrowland’ Makes a #JourneyToMars

If you don’t have preschoolers or very young kids, you might not be watching (or even aware of) ‘Miles From Tomorrowland,’ but – I hate to say it – you’re missing out. This show is smart. Not only is it a show that I happily let my kids watch, but it’s also that rare beast: a kids show I honestly don’t mind watching myself. Read More

The Martian — Mars Meets MacGyver

The Martian — Mars Meets MacGyver

Do you remember that scene in Apollo 13 when the engineer dumps a bunch of parts on the table and tells the other engineers in the room they need to create a carbon dioxide filter using nothing but that pile of parts? Did that scene totally make you smile? Yes? Then grab a copy of The Martian before anyone ruins it for you and read it. Seriously Read it. You won’t regret it. Read More

A Little Alchemy With Your Hard Sci-Fi? The Daedalus Incident

A Little Alchemy With Your Hard Sci-Fi?  The Daedalus Incident

I’m always on the lookout for a new science fiction book that will throws me a curve. Don’t get me wrong… I do love my steampunk and Sherlock Holmes and space opera, but sometimes you just want a good surprise. Does that describe you? If so, I’ve just finished The Daedalus Incident that, on a five star scale, gets six. (I may bump that up to a seven given that I’ve just learned there’s a sequel in the works.) Read More

EXCLUSIVE: Buzz Aldrin Talks About Colonizing Mars on Saturday’s Nerdist

EXCLUSIVE: Buzz Aldrin Talks About Colonizing Mars on Saturday’s Nerdist

Saturday on BBC America’s The Nerdist, (10 pm ET/8PM PT) Buzz Aldrin — outspoken advocate for human space flight — will be talking about his trip to the Moon and his vision that we will be colonizing Mars in the next 20 years, but notes that it won’t be a vacation for those who go. GeekDad scored this exclusive clip as a preview. Enjoy! Read More

Solar Conjunction Puts NASA’s Curiosity Rover, Orbiter In Communication Blackout

Solar Conjunction Puts NASA’s Curiosity Rover, Orbiter In Communication Blackout

Between April 4th and May 1st, the Mars Curiosity and Opportunity will be in minimal communication with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as it experiences a Mars solar conjunction. Click through to read more about what a solar conjunction is, and what impacts it will have on JPL’s communications with the fleet of Mars exploration vehicles. Read More

Plastic Found on Mars… And Five Other Famous Hoaxes

Have you heard, Mardi Gras has made it to Mars!!! Yesterday there were rumors flying about the internet about a massive discovery of plastic found on Mars. With only a quick glance it seemed to be a legit press release from Jet Propulsion Lab in California. However, for anyone that looked at the article for more then 30 seconds it was obvious that this was a nicely executed hoax. Phil Plait from Bad Astronomer wrote a great post last night listing all of the ways that this hoax outed itself. The prankster obviously wanted to take advantage of the “earthshaking” announcement from last week that something was found on Mars. Its been later determined that even that previous press release was an over exaggeration by a reporter after an interview with a Curiosity team member.

Massive scientific hoaxes aren’t new, they have been around for ages. Sometimes they are a lot harder to spot then this one, and cause a lot more confusion then this little prank. One of the greatest achievements of the scientific method is the ability for correction over time. No matter how elaborate the hoax, science will be able to eventually prove or disprove a skeptic. There are times that hoaxes almost get by without detection, and as a reminder to stay ever vigilant to the proof here are five of the greatest scientific hoaxes of all time. Read More

My Kid’s Going to Mars!

The next time you want to brag about your geek kid to a friend or neighbor, try this one, “Oh yeah? Well, my kid’s name will be on Mars next year!” And you won’t be stretching the truth. While digging … Read More