Never mind the big-budget NASA satellites. A team of young engineers has tricked out a few off-the-shelf cellphones and sent them to space. The smartphones are already above us, sending images and data back to ham radio operators on Earth.
via Can You Hear Me Now? Cellphone Satellites Phone Home
Photo: NASA Ames Research Center
My company helps work on these, they’re one of my favorite projects at AMES.
By way of applepiesfromscratch,
Cost of the Mars Curiosity Rover - $800 million
Cost of a team to operate the Mars Rover - $1 billion
Total Cost of the Mars Science Laboratory mission - $2.5 billion
Accidentally drawing a penis on the surface of another planet - Priceless
these astronaut body spray ads are so weird. since when do people want to have sex with astronauts? when did that become like a hot job? who was like, “remember that thing where all 20something year old women want to fuck astronauts?” “no, but go on.”
the way an astronaut feels when he gets back to earth must be like how you feel when you immediately get off an airplane multiplied by a thousand. oh baby you slept in a bag? for five months? you drank urine a machine turned back into water over and over? your body shrank? your bones literally changed their density? your head looks like a weird sweaty baby from decompression? oh my god just take off that hundred pound suit and adult space diaper and have sex with me already. the fantasy i didn’t even know i had until you told me about it.
The other NASA blogs know how people used to scream for those space cowboys back in the day
First View of Earth from Moon
Date: 23 Aug 1966
NASA’s Lunar Orbiter 1 sent back the world’s first view of Earth from the vicinity of the Moon. The photo was later reprised in color by the Apollo astronauts.
This is a new project I’ve started.
Earth as Art will feature a new image of the Earth from space every day. The title is shared with a series of photos taken by Landsats 5 and 7 and distributed by the USGS.
This blog, however, will use photos from every available source, whether from satellites, probes, rockets or astronauts, to showcase our planet’s beauty from the unique perspective of space.
I drew this because my friend loves NASA’s curiosity rover
sagan|sense: Trace space back to you: 20 everyday items we have because of NASA -
Have you ever wondered how space exploration impacts your daily life?
Every year since the mid-1970s, NASA has published a list of space technologies that have been integrated into everyday items. The tangible benefits span from life-saving medical devices to protective eyewear. To…
(Source: Business Insider, via itsfullofstars)
Cmdr. Chris Hadfield:
Robonaut - testing human-machine combined capability. Today we brought it to life on Space Station.
It might make the astronaut wearing it look like a real-life Buzz Lightyear, but a new prototype spacesuit that NASA just finished testing represents the first major overhaul in spacesuit technology since 1998.
(via New NASA Spacesuit Looks like Buzz Lightyear’s | Z-1 Prototype Photos)