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December 20, 2014: The Dark Matter pre-holiday wrap-up! Alex Mallari Jr. in action! THE katana!

One of the last things we did before packing it in for the holidays was go on a walk-thru of our standing sets.  Of course, not all of them are quite yet standing (ie. the shuttle, parts of the space station) and those that are still have a ways to go, but our Art Department […]

Get an ‘astronaut’s-eye view’ of NASA shuttle Orion’s re-entry into Earth

5 days agoNews : The Raw Story

NASA released footage on Friday showing the final 10 minutes of the Orion space shuttle’s return to Earth after its Dec. 5 test flight, the Daily Mail reported. The video shows an “astronaut’s-eye view” of the re-entry process, ending with a safe splashdown in the Pacific...

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Lark Galloway-Gilliam: The obituary of community advocate Lark Galloway-Gilliam in the Dec. 10 California section incorrectly characterized the removal of trees from South Los Angeles streets to make way for the space shuttle Endeavour's installation at the California Science Center. In an...

Climate change threatens vital NASA launch pads

2 weeks agoTechnology : Tech Talk

From the moonshot to the space shuttle, the Atlantic Ocean has served as a safety barrier, but now it's threatening launch infrastructure

This week in science: High flight

Exploration Flight Test 1 is due to send a test Orion crew module as far as 3,600 miles from Earth. NASA blasted back into space Friday morning in the form of the Orion capsule atop a Delta heavy rocket stack. Unlike the many shuttle...Show More Summary

Live: NASA Orion Launch

It's the biggest countdown for NASA since the shuttle era ended in 2011. The space agency's new Orion spacecraft is scheduled to lift off on an uncrewed test flight Thursday morning from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Show More Summary

NASA's Orion Prepares For Lift Off At Cape Canaveral

2 weeks agoNews : The Two-Way

It's hoped that the spacecraft, which is meant to replace the shuttle as a means of getting astronauts into space, could one day be used as part of a mission to Mars.

Go, Orion! NASA set to launch spacecraft on first step toward manned flights to Mars

3 weeks agoOdd : Boing Boing

Final preparations are under way for NASA's Dec. 4 launch of the Orion spacecraft. Not since the final Space Shuttle mission in 2011 has there been so much excitement around American space flight. Sawyer Rosenstein reports from Cape Canaveral. Read the rest

Orion test flight launches humans one step closer to Mars

When the final Space Shuttle flight landed in July 2011, there was a sadness that America’s future involvement in space exploration would be nothing more than one of our astronauts occasionally hitching a lift on a rickety Russian rocket. But … Read more ›

Photo of NASA's newest manned spaceship ready for launch

3 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Good news, everyone! Orion, NASA's first manned spaceship after the retirement of the space shuttle, is ready for launch this Thursday, December 4. You can see it here at Space Launch Complex 37, on top of a Delta IV Heavy rocket. Meteorologists say there's a " 60 percent chance of acceptable launch conditions." Read more...

NASA to test Orion shuttle that may take humans to Mars

NASA is set to launch its new space shuttle that could one day bring people to Earth's next door planet Mars.

Group Aims to Land a Robotic Probe On the Moon in 10 Years with Help from Kickstarter

The Rosetta/Philae probe landing on a comet last week has reignited in earthlings a passion for space exploration. But now that NASA's shuttle fleet is grounded and most spacecrafts belong to private companies, there is no group that is really pushing the

The Biz: Celebrating the Life and Career of News Veteran John Palmer

If you were anywhere near a TV set on Jan. 28, 1986 when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded, chances are you learned the news of the tragedy from NBC News correspondent John Palmer. With NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw temporarily unavailable...Show More Summary

Poor 'safety culture' blamed for Metro-North crashes

Metro-North Railroad, with five accidents in 10 months, lacked "safety culture," a deficiency similar to the causes of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, the 2003 Columbia space shuttle explosion and the... To view the full story, click the title link.

Fantastic Supercut Of Space Exploration Movies Is Inspiring As Hell

last monthGenres / Sci Fi : io9

I defy you to watch this incredible trailer, compiled of footage of the human race exploring the galaxy, and not want to immediately get in a space shuttle and blast off. Read more...

Astronauts return after 166 days in space

last monthTechnology : Tech Talk

American Reid Wiseman and two others were in the space shuttle that landed in Kazakhstan. They spent 166 days aboard the International Space Station and circled the Earth 2,500 times. Wiseman became a social media sensation during the mission, Tweeting and creating Vine videos throughout the journey. Jeff Glor reports.

X-37B: America's spaceplane keeps its secrets

Since the Space Shuttle was retired in 2011, the US has lacked its own vehicle for launching astronauts. This hasn't stopped America from launching its own mini-shuttle without a crew. The X-37B spacecraft is roughly the size of a small car. Show More Summary

Space Odyssey Plush Shuttle Slippers

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : GeekAlerts

Ground control to Major Tom, we just wanted to know where you got those super cute Space Odyssey Plush Shuttle Slippers. These Space Odyssey Plush Shuttle Slippers turn your feet into space shuttles. They are adorable and the size is one size fits most. We knew that space was the final frontier, but who knew […]

How Canada faked its place in space

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

The picture above shows a spacewalk during the space shuttle mission STS-114 in 2005. The astronaut in the picture is Stephen Robinson, an American, but the giant robot arm to his left is Canadian: It's the "Canadarm1," a high-tech robotic arm. Read full article >>

How Canada faked its place in space

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

The picture above shows a spacewalk during the space shuttle mission STS-114 in 2005. The astronaut in the picture is Stephen Robinson, an American, but the giant robot arm to his left is Canadian: It's the "Canadarm1," a high-tech robotic arm. You can probably guess that the arm is Canadian, of course: It has a huge […]

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