Here you go. You can thank me after you stop sighing, laughing, eyerolling, puking, or whatever your reaction of choice is. I think I managed all but the last in the space of 3 seconds, which probably isn't a new world record but has to be close. I may have sprained an eye, in fact.... Continue Reading →
Warning: restroom rocket-waving contest. Which is somehow not a euphemism. Probably not safe for work if your supervisors are touchy or you don't want to be laughed at for watching something so silly. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YldQM1Wk_s Sorry to inflict this on you, but it was WAY too bizarre not to share.
https://youtu.be/IXEVk_Sf1Zc?t=41s I know, I know. We have to ask these questions in public, for all those who haven't thought about it, don't care about it, or think the future of humanity off this planet is a science fiction pipe dream. Sure, it's a bit of a pipe dream. Because getting a significant and sustainable... Continue Reading →
Image credit: NASA Bradbury Meets Autonomy Goal, Mayor Declares Holiday (APM) 01 March 2145 Mayor Sonny Desai of the city of Bradbury, North American Mars declared today to be the first annual (Earth calendar) Bradbury Autonomy Day. Ceremonies in Barsoom Square, including a free banquet of locally farmed vegetables, fish, chicken, and cuy (guinea pig),... Continue Reading →
A shot from the ISS captures long shadows cast by clouds. With views like this, surely there's a market for a few hotels in low earth orbit. And maybe some nice retirement homes. Maybe some day...
(Short-short story short-shorter: birds not leaving the nest die there.) Reach For The Stars Skyscrapers, rockets drowned in withering leaves: their masters, in the end, too timid.
So, today NASA announced the presence of liquid water on the surface of Mars, in the form of seasonal saline (brine) flows. Which is exciting. And maybe a little disappointing, too. A seasonal brine flow doesn't exactly sound like something you could find life in at all -- consider that salting is a pretty darn... Continue Reading →
Taifun Arrives in Lunar Orbit L5 News & Entertainment Network 14 January 2357 Taifun took its place in Lunar orbit today, as projected. The asteroid, 9.8 kilometers in diameter, was first discovered in November of 2271. Its original trajectory was a near-certain direct hit on Earth in 2340 and would have generated a force... Continue Reading →
Seriously, people. It's bad enough it took 50,000 years --- maybe 100,000, depending on which theorist you think is most credible --- to go from self-aware sentience and serious tool-using to getting off this planet and walking on the moon. It was really a remarkable milestone. Getting there stretched the technology of the day to... Continue Reading →