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Blog Archive for the ‘Space’ Category

Rosetta craft rocks our world!

by Laura Welcher on September 8th, 02008

Last week the Rosetta craft (carrying our prototype Rosetta Disk) successfully recorded its flyby of Steins Asteroid with these — the first images from its OSIRIS imaging system (also check out this cool animation). During the flyby, the craft was out of communication for approximately 90 minutes – what must have been a nerve-wracking, although. . .   Read More

Earth to aliens… we’re a bunch of dorks.

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on June 26th, 02008



Those of you reading this blog may remember my post about The Longest Conversation discussing the Arecibo Message, or Kevin Kelly’s on the Voyager Disk. But this week Lore Sjöberg over at AltText did the best, or at least most humorous, survey of messages sent into space.  It’s worth reading. . .   Read More

Earth, as seen from Mars

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on June 13th, 02008

New images from the Mars HiRISE orbital camera. Yup thats us, earth, and our little moon too. . .   Read More


by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on May 16th, 02008

The always wonderful Paleo Future blog has uploaded a full PDF copy of a treatise on the future done in 01963 for a now lost time capsule. It is full of optimistic predictions of what the next century will bring from an era of happy futurism. . .   Read More

Yuri’s Night Bay Area 02008

by Danielle Engelman on April 10th, 02008

Yuri’s Night Bay AreaSaturday, April 12th, 020082pm – 2amat Nasa Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
Yuri’s Night is a celebration of space exploration, and the first human in space Yuri Gagarin. With a theme this year of Radical Technology for a Sustainable Future and events happening in 49 countries, we. . .   Read More

The longest conversation

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on February 28th, 02008


I was reminded yesterday when speaking with one of the SETI board members of the very interesting conundrum we might find ourselves in if we in fact did receive a message from space.  Above is some imagery from the first seriously high powered transmission from earth, dubbed the Arecibo message:
The [01974] transmission consisted of. . .   Read More

Long Duration Studies

by Kevin Kelly on February 21st, 02008

In 1984 NASA launched a bus-sized cylinder into space. It was covered with 86 panels, each of which was a scientific experiment created to measure the long-term effects of space on various materials. The space craft, called the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) weighed 10 tons and circled the earth 32,000 times. . .   Read More

First Photo from Space

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on December 19th, 02007

Above is the first known image ever taken from space and our first image of the really ‘big here’. It was shot from a captured German V2 rocket launched after WWII from White Sands missile range. You can find more about the effort in this excellent article in Air & Space magazine (also the really. . .   Read More

Foucault and the Eclipse

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on December 18th, 02007

Over 50 years ago the French scientist Allais observed:
“During the total eclipses of the sun on June 30, 1954, and October 22, 1959, quite analogous deviations of the plane of oscillation of the paraconical pendulum were observed…” – Maurice Allais, 1988 Nobel autobiographical lecture.
And back in 01999 NASA reproduced the experiment and the effect. . .   Read More

Pioneer Anomaly

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on December 11th, 02007

I have been following this interesting space craft-gone-long-term-science experiment for a while. Since being launched 1972 and 1973 the Pioneer 10 & 11 doppler based location measurements have drifted off their predicted paths . This is known as the Pioneer Anomaly and may tell us something new about physics and gravity once. . .   Read More