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  • June 8, 2009
    This is the $29 Haynes Owners' Workshop Manual for all the vehicles and equipment used during the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. I'm still gonna pick up a copy, despite deciding to build my own rocketship for scratch (I'm hoping for pointers on seducing moon-women). On 20 J... / Continue →
  • May 16, 2009
    This is a photo of the space shuttle Atlantis and Hubble Space Telescope silhouetted against the sun. It really made me think about stuff. You know, like outerspace and all that. I'm really deep. The exceptionally gifted astrophotographer Thierry Legault captured this stunn... / Continue →
  • April 22, 2009
    Earth Day Fools! Oh, wait, no. Apparently this is real, and only 20.5 light-years away! Ladies and gentlemen -- start your rocket engines. PSSSSHOOOOOOOOW! PEW PEW. The Gliese 581 planetary system now has four known planets, with masses of about 1.9 (planet e, left in the... / Continue →
  • March 18, 2009
    Will you look at that -- four of Saturn's moons (from left to right) Enceladus, Dione, Titan, and Mimas, all transiting its face at the same time. Amazing! This picture was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and just recently released by NASA. You know, pictures like this r... / Continue →
  • December 8, 2008
    This is a time-lapse video made of still images by astronaut Don Pettit aboard the International Space Station. It shows the Aurora Borealis in all its auroral beauty -- from space. And while it's not THE most beautiful thing I've ever seen, it's second only to the boobs I sa... / Continue →
  • December 5, 2008
    The University of Cambridge, in cooperation with a bunch of school kids, ballooned four teddy bears to 30,000 meters. Because, I mean, why the hell not? A helium balloon was used to get the bears up up and away flying to Near Space or the Edge of Space as it is known. The be... / Continue →
  • November 14, 2008
    That's right folks, this is the first photo (I have no idea what this was then), taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, of a planet orbiting another star. "[The picture] shows a planet orbiting the bright southern star Fomalhaut, located 25 light-years away in the constellation ... / Continue →
  • November 4, 2008
    Space: Our vacuum-y landfill to the north, south, east, and, uh, left. A 1,400-pound (635-kilogram) ammonia tank burned up over the Pacific Ocean late Sunday, more than a year after an astronaut chucked it from the International Space Station because it had become obsolete, ... / Continue →
  • October 24, 2008
    Copenhagen Suborbitals wants to send you into space, and on the cheap. Which means alone and stuffed into a little capsule atop a freaking rocket. Only limited arm movement will be possible, and you'll probably develop an itch on your back you can't scratch, which will inevit... / Continue →
  • September 18, 2008
    That's right folks, this is not the light at the end of the tunnel, it's a star and orbiting planet some 500 light years away. While scientists have found numerous planets by detecting gravitational "wobble" in stars, "this is the first time we have directly seen a planetary... / Continue →
  • June 18, 2008
    So scientists have discovered what they're dubbing "super-Earths" circling a star 42-light years away. That's an artist's depiction of what they might look like if they were identical in appearance to earth and weren't actually pink with purple polka-dots like I know they are.... / Continue →
  • March 17, 2008
    This is close-up picture of the Space Shuttle Endeavor orbiting earth. And what is that in the window? An iPod! Astronauts listen to iPods in space (or at least throw them on the dash of the shuttle to look cool)! You know, I'm really glad this picture came out because it's... / Continue →