Tag Archives: NASA

In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream “Wheeeeee!”

May 30, 2013

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A scene from the 1979 James Bond film "Moonraker."  A film mostly remembered for its stark realism.

With the movements towards a permanent colony on Mars, and Virgin Galactic’s progress toward civilian space flights, it seems like a good time to offer just a few reflections on space travel and its implications. I think the end of the shuttle program bodes poorly for the screenplay I wanted to produce when I was […]

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Please Hire Me To Be An Astronaut

November 18, 2011

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Did you know Saturn isn't spherical, but actually ovoid?  No?  Hm.  I'll send you a postcard from space.

Dear NASA, I read this morning that you are currently taking applications to be an astronaut.  I was under the impression you were making a lot of cutbacks so I’m not sure how this is possible, but I stopped reading after the “Now Hiring” part because I wanted to get my resume in right away. […]

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Your Handy, Informative “Falling-Satellite Survival Guide”

September 21, 2011

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As you may have heard, the UARS satellite, first put in orbit in 1991, will be coming out of orbit on Friday.  The satellite, which weighs 6.5 tons and is about the size of a school bus, will burn up on re-entry… mostly.  NASA scientists speculate that approximately 26 pieces of debris will survive re-entry […]

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