A secret American spy satellite code-named Zuma didn’t reach orbit in Sunday’s failed SpaceX rocket launch. The cost of the missing U.S. government asset, which officially doesn’t exist and officially hasn’t been lost, is estimated to be in the billions of dollars. The highly classified payload is “presumed to be a total loss.” From theRead More
Leland Melvin is the astronaut in that fabulous NASA photo with his two dogs. He is an engineer and former NASA education leader, and the author of ‘Chasing Space: An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances.’ He shared this essay with friends today, and I thought you’d like to read it, too.—XJRead More
FRB 121102, a fast radio burst signal first picked up in 2012, was just observed emitting many new bursts of energy. Scientists from SETI and Breakthrough Listen were both very excited by the new findings.
ZME Science quotes Andrew Siemion, director of the Berkeley SETI Research Center and of the Breakthrough Listen program,Read More
As eclipse mania grips the nation, Vox has created a nifty interactive eclipse map of what to expect in every American ZIP Code.
We recommend punching in a few different ones to see how the eclipse experience will vary across the country. Salem, Oregon (97301), is going to see aRead More
In 1971, astronomer Frank Drake, the father of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, drew a map pinpointing Earth in our galaxy. That diagram, a “pulsar map,” was etched on a plaque designed by Frank and Carl Sagan and first carried into space in 1972 by the Pioneer 10 and 11 spacecraft. In 1977, the pulsarRead More
Czech designer Michal Sobel couldn’t deal with the ad world any more, so he left to make art celebrating his favorite thing: space exploration.
When I turned 23, the bullshittery of advertising industry (at least here, where I live, Czech Republic) caught up with me. Day by day the fun faded aRead More
A scrap dealer cleaning out a deceased engineer’s basement in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania found two massive 1960s computers, magnetic tape data storage systems, and hundreds of tape reels, all of which was marked as the property of NASA. The scrap dealer called NASA to report what he found and the agency’s Office of theRead More