Space the Final Frontier
Is your Pinterest flooded with crafts projects you’ll never complete because you’re not Brit Morin, vintage furniture you can’t afford and comically caloric cheese dip recipes? Well, get ready to feel wildly inadequate.
Meet astronaut Karen Nyberg. As GeekSugar points out, she’s currently working on the International Space Station and yet still just pinning away. Her bio: “Astronaut by day. Aspiring quilter, crafter, artist, runner by night. Wife and Mommy 24/7. Currently living & working on the International Space Station.” Read More
Could it be that Girls is not a wholly accurate representation of Generation Y, and a slice of the much-fussed-over demographic is actually doing better than everything thinks?
There’s one last piece of nerd news from the Comic Con pile-on: The makers of the new Cosmos released a trailer for the series, due on TV in spring 2014. The three-minute preview (via Entertainment Weekly) features animation, a wolf fight, cavemen, Neil deGrasse Tyson sliding on a pair of aviators, all dealwithit.gif, and heaping helping of space porn (duh).
Brace for the culmination of several years of pop-cultural space madness! Looks like they spared no expense, either: Read More
So much for that little excursion: The Wall Street Journal reports that, as expected, the House Science Committee has torpedoed early funding for an admittedly far-fetched plan for a manned mission to an asteroid.
And when they say no, they’re not playing around: “the House panel approved language explicitly prohibiting the agency from proceeding with the proposed asteroid project,” according to the Journal.
Instead the moon remains the pretty girl everyone wants to take to the prom: Read More
NASA and President Obama are asking you, the people, to help them find dangerous asteroids hurtling on a death-path towards Earth. No pressure.
The initiative is the latest in Obama’s new series of 21st Century Grand Challenges, described by the White House as “ambitious but achievable goals that harness science, technology, and innovation to solve Read More
Every week, weather permitting, a crew of starstruck earthlings sets up camp on that agora of Bloomberg New York, the High Line, parking their telescopes just south of the Chelsea Market. “People like looking up,” said David Kauffman, one of the event’s organizers, sporting a blue windbreaker from a Long Island astronomical society at a recent gathering. “I think that’s a natural human thing.”
Even passersby slowed down to investigate.
The Observer watched three college-age women creep up to the telescopes. “That’s so cool,” one gushed as a stargazer explained that, if it weren’t so cloudy, she’d be able to see Jupiter. One of her companions rattled off “My Very Educated Mother” and tried to puzzle out why she couldn’t see Mars, prompting an explanation of planetary orbits.
“You’re here every Tuesday?” asked the ringleader. “Okay, we’ll be back.” Read More
Somebody check on the president of the Leonardo DiCaprio fan club, because we’ve got some bad news. E! reports that someone–it’s not clear who–has paid $1.5 million for a ticket to outer space sitting next to Mr. DiCaprio.
Can you imagine a better chance to finally make your move than a turbulent ride through the upper atmosphere, followed by at awe-inspiring gander at the curve of the Earth? Read More