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I livetweet CBS' sci-fi show Extant every Wed night on Twitter at 8pm - check out the storify at the end of the article or click here! Me and Astronaut Doug Wheelock in front of the Space Shuttle Atlantis, the day before liftoff In last night's episode of Extant, Molly (played by Halle Berry) sees a rocket lifting off, heading into space and likely docking with the space station. It reminded me of when I attended a shuttle launch. One of the most […]
Image Credit: NASA When US astronauts successfully walked on the moon 45 years ago, it was the culmination of years of science being leveraged to do something that most thought was impossible. Unfortunately, this was not done solely for the sake of science - it was also to have a leg up on the Soviet Union. The US was "behind" in the Cold War space race, since the Soviet Union launched the first satellite (Sputnik) and the first man in space (Yuri […]
On the first two episodes of CBS's Extant, astronauts float inside of the show's space station. How is this possible? Floating happens because the space station is traveling extremely fast (about 5 miles a second) while constantly falling towards the Earth due to gravity. The only force on the station is gravity towards the Earth, but its "sideways" speed of 5 miles a second is just enough so that it balances out the Earth's pull and the […]
Private companies are once again helping NASA achieve its missions. SpaceX has grabbed most of the news, but Orbital Sciences is another company on the move. Orbital's Antares rocket launched this past weekend with the its Cygnus spacecraft on board, filled with 3,300 lbs of valuable supplies for our astronauts in the ISS. Supplies on the Cygnus spacecraft include:Nanosatellites designed to take images of Earth. The more pics, the better!TechEdSat-4, which will help small […]
Art has had an interesting relationship with technology over the years. Technological advances such as paintbrushes, the printing press, and computers have opened up new ways for artists to express themselves. However, I want to emphasize that "new" does not always mean "better". There's a reason that people still gather in ancient museums to see artwork that has stood the test of time. A great example of the relationship between art and tech is Digital Revolution, an art show […]
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