1. Hubble Telescope Sends Back Annoying Stream of Selfies →

    Despite NASA’s repeated instructions to the Hubble to look for evidence of water on distant planets, the telescope continued to produce more and more self-portraits, posting them to its Instagram and Twitter accounts along with the hashtag #pimpin.

  2. If you are under 40, no human has walked on the moon in your lifetime. →

    On December 13, 1972, Commander (and Apollo 10 veteran) Gene Cernan and Lunar Module Pilot Jack Schmitt made their last of three lunar EVAs

  3. Buddhist "Iron Man" Found by Nazis Is from Space →

    A Buddhist statue brought to Germany from Tibet by a Nazi-backed expedition has been confirmed as having an extraterrestrial origin.

    Don’t you love it when a true story sounds like a premiss for an action movie?

  4. (via Picture of Milky Way from the surface of Mars)

    (via Picture of Milky Way from the surface of Mars)

  5. The reason the SpaceX Dragon is big news is not because the unmanned spacecraft is huge or advanced or armed with photon torpedoes. It’s news because it’s a privately built and privately funded vehicle, ushering us into a shining new era in which space travel becomes banal and tedious. If you read the account of the mission and substitute “Peterbilt” for “Dragon,” “loading dock” for “International Space Station” and “Bakersfield” for “orbit,” you’ll see that once you get over the whole “vacuum of space” thing, it’s the story of a slightly awkward delivery of dry goods to a government warehouse.

    — Alt Text: In Space, No One Can Hear You Haul | Underwire | Wired.com

  6. Calculations by Tetsuya Hara and his colleagues at Kyoto Sangyo University in Japan show that a surprisingly large amount of life-bearing material ended up not on the Moon and Mars, as might be expected, but the Jovian moon Europa and the Saturnian moon Enceladus also received tons of life-bearing rock from earth. Even more amazingly, calculations suggest that most Earth ejecta ended up in interstellar space and some has probably already arrived at Earth-like exoplanets orbiting other stars. Hara estimates that about a thousand Earth-rocks from this event would have made the trip to Gliese 581, a red dwarf some 20 light years away that is thought to have a super-Earth orbiting at the edge of the habitable zone,

    — Scientists Study Trajectories of Life-Bearing Earth Meteorites - Slashdot

  7. If humans one day become extinct from a catastrophic collision, we would be the laughing stock of aliens in the galaxy, for having a large brain and a space program, yet we met the same fate as that pea-brained, space program-less dinosaurs that came before us. - Neil deGrasse Tyson

    — We Can Survive Killer Asteroids — But It Won’t Be Easy | Wired Science | Wired.com

  8. Remember When House Republicans Voted Against Hurricane Forecast Funding? →



    In the US, we rely on the National Hurricane Center to forecast storms. The NHC is in turn a division of the National Weather Service, itself a part of the NOAA. Which, in the GOP’s 2011 budget bill, had its funding slashed by $1.2 billion from what was proposed in the president’s own budget bill, a bill that very notably included a $700 million increase over the previous year to cover needed upgrades to the satellites that gather the data that gets crunched in order to predict storms and weather in general.

    Apparently weather forecasting is better left to the private sector.

  9. X-37B  Secret Space Plane Can’t Hide From Amateur Sleuths

    X-37B  Secret Space Plane Can’t Hide From Amateur Sleuths

  10. Paper planes dropped from space →