Tag Archive for Science

Four and a Half Hours From Pluto

Love this story. We’re Finally Going To Visit Pluto! – DNews: “Since being launched into space in January 2006, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has traveled nearly three billion miles to its mission, a six-month encounter with the dwarf planet Pluto.…

Good Article on Progress and GMOs

Also see: Dark Green Day & Norman Borlaug: Humanitarian Hero Versus Doomsayers When Activism Kills – Hoover Institution: “In fact, no one has yet documented a single case of illness from GM foods, even as about 3,000 people a year…

Predicting Is Tough

Stories like this make me wonder if we are at times a bit overconfident about what the future will bring. These Vintage Ads Prove We Had No Idea What The Future Would Actually Look Like: “If you thought “The Jetsons”…

70K of Memory and 22.4 Watts

Absolutely amazing. Interstellar 8-Track: How Voyager’s Vintage Tech Keeps Running – Wired Science: “The computers aboard the Voyager probes each have 69.63 kilobytes of memory, total. That’s about enough to store one average internet jpeg file. The probes’ scientific data…

One of My Favorite Apollo Pics, Water Egress Practice …

Chuck Maddox would have liked this. Photo-s66-51581: S66-51581 (June 1966) — Prime crew for the first manned Apollo mission practice water egress procedures with full scale boilerplate model of their spacecraft. In the water at right is astronaut Edward H. White (foreground)…

How Does Voyager 1 Phone Home?

From Wikipedia. Voyager 1 – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: The Voyager 1 spacecraft is a 722 kg (1,590 lb) space probe launched by NASA on September 5, 1977 to study the outer Solar System and interstellar medium. Operating for 35…

Is “Ocean Acidification” The New Climate Change?

Remember when we had acid rain, honeybee colony collapse disorder, mullets, holes in the ozone layer, Alar, mutated frogs, restless leg syndrome, and more recently, climate change (née global warming)? Well, lately I’ve been seeing references to “ocean acidification.” Seems popular. Ocean acidification…

Two Inside Looks At NASA …

These are fun. Going boldly: Behind the scenes at NASA’s hallowed Mission Control Center – Ars Technica: HOUSTON, TEXAS—Astronauts have been saying “Houston” into their radios since 1965. The callsign refers in general to the Johnson Space Center in Texas,…