In a wonderfully geeky move, NASA has been releasing some vintage-inspired scifi travel posters from the fictitious Exoplanet Travel Bureau for newfound planets such as Kepler-16b (which, as they note, orbits a pair of stars like Tatooine in Star Wars), HD 40307g (dubbed a ‘Super Earth’ for its gravitational pull) and Kepler-186f (the Earth-size planet with red wavelength […]
In 2016, the Starship Enterprise of the sea will explore the depths of the ocean where no man has gone before. The SeaOrbiter is the first ocean lab that 1) researchers can stay in for long term missions and 2) looks like a really, really cool spaceship. Its first mission will be to explore the […]
We’re a few years away from civilian space flights, so the next best thing is experiencing the dramatic return to earth through video. Released this week by the European Space Agency, this video features landing footage and interviews with former astronauts to give you an insider’s look at the ‘undocking, reentry, and landing of the […]
How many people are in space right now? Just six, last time I checked. Keep up to date on the number of people, who they are, and where they come from with this neat little web page.
Apparently a lot of people around the world are ready to say goodbye to earth forever and brave the long voyage to Mars. Over 100,000 people have volunteered to take the one-way trip. 40 civilians will be selected by the privately owned, Dutch-based Mars One project to begin training and only 4 will actually take the […]
I’m a huge fan of Jeremy Geddes’s paintings, especially the Cosmonaut series. The scenography on his creations, for the most part, is deserted, but in the same frame comes out a lost, undefined character. What’s more, the paintings are very moody: they invite the viewer into their world. The way he captures the moment and […]
With this possible new advance in space technology, anyone can save up the money to take a trip to the moon. This lunar lander design by Golden Spike Company could put ordinary, non-astronaut people on the moon as early as 2020. But you’d better start saving now. The price per seat is being projected at $500 million. Now […]
A group of scientists are measuring holographic noise. They have a theory that the world is all just one huge hologram. The proof? All the data they’ve collected from their Holometer. The Holometer is being built at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Check out all the rest of their findings here.
Finally, a Japanese invention that doesn’t boggle the mind. Well, not as much as usual, anyway. Tokyo-based engineers at Obayashi Corp have announced plans to build a space elevator by the middle of the century. Yes, that’s right. A genuine Stairway to Heaven, or as close as they can get it. Apparently the elevator will […]
This is a first. We humans created a space-traveling vessel that just orbited Mercury and was kind enough to take a photo to send back to its creators. The earth and moon are the obvious bright spots in the lower left quadrant.
Everyone knows the world is about to end, so why are people still spending so much money and energy imagining Bond-villain worthy opulence such as this floating luxury hotel that has shifting sections so that the inhabitants can have a different experience every day they are far far away from the starving masses? Oh right, […]
Oh, to have been a fly on a wall within the exotic imagination of American comic book artist, Alex Schomburg! Working throughout the twentieth century, right up until his death in 1998, Schomburg’s artwork predicted a future world of exciting space exploration, full of scintillating colors and aggrieved aliens tackling unsuspecting All-American astronauts.
The Boston Globe has posted some pretty phenomenal pictures taken from the space shuttle Discovery during its recent mission. It’s almost impossible to imagine that one day views like these could become mundane.