On May 12th, 2013, Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield released this revised version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, which he recorded on board the International Space Station.
CSA Astronaut Chris Hadfield performed a simple science experiment designed by grade 10 Lockview High School students Kendra Lemke and Meredith Faulkner. The students from Fall River, Nova Scotia won a national science contest held by the Canadian Space Agency with their experiment on surface tension in space using a wet washcloth.
For more info about the experiment, visit: http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/media/news_releases/2013/0416.asp
Here’s the latest video for the Golden Spike Company Indiegogo campaign. This video is by my good friend, and fellow space blogger, Amy Shira Teitel.
If you want to help Golden Spike get humans back on the moon by 2020, visit: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/golden-spike-is-sending-nations-and-people-to-the-moon-join-in?c=home
In the Star Trek universe, humanity achieved the first warp speed flight on this day in 2063. Physicist Zefram Cochrane then made “first contact” with the Vulcans after his historic warp flight.
As a science-fiction fan, I’m often amazed at how many scientific and technological advancements have been directly influenced by science-fiction. NASA has a great write-up on the science of Star Trek at: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/technology/features/star_trek.html
Don’t try to be a great man. Just be a man, and let history make its own judgments.
– Zefram Cochrane.
Golden Spike Company has launched a video competition for anyone who contributes to the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign!
Submit your video on why you believe Lunar exploration is important. Submissions for the first round of the competition will be accepted until Friday, March 15. All appropriate videos will be uploaded to the Golden Spike Youtube Channel where the public can vote for their favorite via the comments section.
Email your video submission to: Angelica@tntcommgroup.com
For information on how to contribute to Golden Spike’s Indiegogo campaign, visit: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/golden-spike-is-sending-nations-and-people-to-the-moon-join-in
Visit Golden Spike Company on the web at: www.goldenspikecompany.com
Organics are carbon-based molecules – key ingredients to life. If Curiosity finds organics in ancient rocks, thereʼs a better chance Mars once had good conditions for small life forms called microbes.
But, finding organics is hard! Thatʼs because organics easily break down when exposed to harsh things like extreme radiation and chemical oxidants that gave the Martian surface its rusty color.
A great place to look for ancient organics today is in rock layers. Organics that were quickly trapped and buried in layers of mud or in sediments that sank to the bottom of a body of water could have an especially good chance of being preserved.
Scientists think Curiosityʼs landing site, Gale Crater, contains those special layers, created in ancient times when water was present. The water dried up long ago, but rock layers that remain today could still preserve organics inside.
If Curiosity finds organics, it wouldnʼt prove life existed, but it sure would improve the odds that Mars once had the right ingredients for life!