I saw The Martian on Friday. Great adaptation of a great novel. Poor astronaut Watney had so many ordeals with his inflatable habitat. If only he’d had one of the new Martian igloos! (Insert paid programming here—“but wait, there’s more!”) Back in May, NASA announced a competition challenging innovators to design 3D printed habitats for space … Continue reading Location, Location, Radiation: Martian Real Estate
The Martian hits theaters today! I’m suspending my usual policy of avoiding opening-day movie crowds and going this afternoon: Andy Weir + Ridley Scott x Matt Damon = too good to wait. But there’s also some exciting non-fiction news from the Red Planet this week. On Monday, NASA confirmed that its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) … Continue reading Story Fuel: NASA Confirms Liquid Water on Mars
Only twenty days until the adaptation of The Martian hits theaters! The sci-fi survival tale will undoubtedly fuel interest in the feasibility of real-life trips to the Red Planet. NASA head Charles Bolden anticipates such a mission could occur in the 2030s, although Martian author Andy Weir thinks 2050 is a more reasonable timeline. In either case, … Continue reading Melting Mars (Supervillain Style)
NASA’s New Horizons mission completed its historic flyby of Pluto yesterday, giving us our first close-up look at the dwarf planet that marks the exit ramp from our solar system into the galaxy beyond. Earth began receiving images today (yes, a day later; it’s a very long-distance call). The pictures will give us our closet … Continue reading Pluto: Planet of the Nerds?