Articles with the tag NASA

Mars Rover Landing Comes to Xbox Kinect

NASA has devised a clever way to educate the public about their risky landing on Mars with the Curiosity rover: translate the entire experience to Xbox Kinect, and make it a free download.

LEGO Space Shuttle Really Flies

Unreal. A German fan of NASA’s now-retired Space Shuttle program launched a model LEGO shuttle into the atmosphere using a helium weather balloon. For reals.

10 Geeky Photo Mosaics

Geeky visuals alert! Check out these ten giant images made of hundreds (or thousands) of smaller images, aka photo mosaics.

Who Wants to Be an Astronaut?

Wanna go to outer space for a living? Now’s your chance. For the first time ever, NASA is accepting astronaut applications from the general public.

NASA: The TRACTOR BEAM will soon become reality

We are truly living in the age of tomorrow. Making leaps from the Internet, touch screens and human computing, human civilization is moving on to the next phase of technology — defying the laws of physics even more. As technology gets even better, science fiction such as Star Trek serve as pegs for the reality. […]

NASA Three-year Mars journey presented in three minutes

It took the NASA Mars Rover Opportunity three years to cover 13 miles of otherworldly terrain, but now you can experience the journey condensed into a three minute span. NASA recently posted the “Rovers Eye View” video on its website gallery, explaining the Mars trek took the vehicle from Victoria crater to Endeavour crater between […]


There have been plenty of video games set in space, and a not-small portion of MMOs are set in space, too. But you’ve never played one where space exploration and travel are simulated with absolute realism, in the shoes of a NASA astronaut. Until now.

LEGO Gods to Go in Space

It just doesn’t get any better than this. You get LEGO minifigs of Roman gods, and these minifigs get to go to space as well! ((Via Geek Dad)) The LEGO Group has created special (and you bet that they’re special!) LEGO minifigs which are going to be the companions of the rocket Atlas V. This […]

Wins and Fails This Week in Geek v 15

What do you get when the DHS, trivia ‘bots, Facebook stress and comets collide? You get the wins and fails this week in geek! Read on to discover the best and worst this week had to offer. FAIL: Doing Your Homework …which is precisely what the Department of Homeland Security failed to do when it […]

Wins and Fails This Week in Geek v 13

Who says #13 is unlucky? This week has given us a plethora of wins and fails to gleefully dissect, from mass firings at MySpace to social networking space robots to sex on Mars. Hey, at least somebody’s getting lucky with that last one. Let’s dig in. FAIL: Job Security Again. This seems to be a […]

Wins and Fails This Week in Geek v 12

Welcome to 2011! Does it feel different than twenty-ten? Regardless, some things never change: the first week of the new year’s brought plenty of wins and plenty of fails, and we’re here to recap the best of the best and the worst of the worst for you. Whether it’s urine-activated video games, elaborate medical hoaxes, […]

Alien Life Found – For Real

NASA has discovered a new form of bacterial life that can only be described as “alien,” because this particular bacteria violates science’s building blocks of life here on earth. The microorganism in question is called GFAJ-1 (NASA sure knows how to name ‘em), and arsenic is its primary chemical component. Yes, arsenic. As in, poison. […]

Wins and Fails This Week in Geek v 7

Politics, warfare, business, ecology, biology, and entertainment – this litany only scratches the surface of developments in geekdom over what’s proved to be a very eventful week. We’ve got the best morsels from the throng of news stories, so let’s get right down to business in this, our seventh installment of Wins and Fails This […]

Radiation Could Delay Human Mars Landing, Sun Cycles To Blame

The United States and China would really like to land human beings on Mars, unfortunately plans to begin that flight in 2025 and land in 2035 might be delayed due to an increased chance of radiation poisoning. The issue is that during space travel Astronauts in deep space are affected by varying levels of Sun […]

Hubble Telescope Infrared Impressionist Artwork

Forget Monet and his ability to provide his own impression of his surroundings, NASA this past week had an artist take infrared impressions from the Hubble Space Telescope and a ground-based telescope and then create artwork from what they believe the galaxy looks like. The images on this page were taken from NASA’s Image of […]

NASA Shoots Lasers At The Moon. Yup This Is A Normal Occurrence

When people around the world gather for “International Observe the Moon Night” they expect to see a big white object staring back at them, pretty typical stuff, but NASA didn’t think that was enough, so they blasted the moon with lasers. Yeah you heard me right, NASA shot huge beams of light at the moon […]

NASA: the video game

It continually amazes me how little love the space program gets. From the media, from the public at large, you name it. It seems that no one but space enthusiasts bother to care about any of the work NASA is doing — you know, unless they do something huge, like land on Mars. Nevermind the […]

NASA Astronauts Smuggled Artwork Onto The Moon

If we were to describe our culture to alien races, there’s a good chance we would spend a good deal of time showing them our culture’s artwork.  Apparently NASA astronauts held that same belief, when according to a new PBS documentary they smuggled miniaturized versions of various artwork onto the moon. The artwork was carried […]

This supermassive black hole could eat the universe

The only thing more impressive than this jaw-dropping image is the fact that it’s real. It’s not a painting or a computer-generated image. It’s the real deal, and it shows something that really exists, a mere 50 million light years from Earth. So what is it? We’re all thinking the same thing, right? Behold the open […]

Days are now shorter thanks to Chilean Earthquake

According to NASA, the recent Chilean earthquake that took hundreds of lives also took away a part of the day. Just how much? With the magnitude of the quake, Earth’s axis has been tilted by roughly 3 inches (2.7 milliarcseconds to be exact) shortening the day by 1.26 microseconds. In the great expanse of time, […]