Tag: space

  • Found my boarding pass. Next stop, Mars.

  • Needed to share this on my blog, so I know where to find it regularly ūüėÄ xkcd: Up Goer Five

    http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/up_goer_five.png via xkcd: Up Goer Five.

  • When the Stars Align

    Today was a pretty nor¬≠mal day for the most part. Took Selena in for a quick checkup vet vis¬≠it. Went to work and audited an advanced Excel class (that I‚Äôll be teach¬≠ing soon). Reg¬≠u¬≠lar, nor¬≠mal stuff. Except when you apply a ‚Äėspace‚Äô lay¬≠er to the day. Driv¬≠ing home from the clin¬≠ic with Selena, I heard Go! ‚ÄĒ a very…

  • Captain on the bridge

    About a year or so ago I down¬≠loaded a nifty little PC game called Artemis ‚ÄĒ Star¬≠ship Simulator. Actu¬≠ally, that name‚Äôs a bit mis¬≠lead¬≠ing ‚ÄĒ it‚Äôs more of a Star Trek bridge crew sim¬≠u¬≠lat¬≠or. There are oth¬≠er reviews that cov¬≠er it bet¬≠ter, but suf¬≠fice it to say it‚Äôs a cool game to bring to a…

  • Godspeed Commander Hadfield

    Cana¬≠dian astro¬≠naut, space enthu¬≠si¬≠ast, edu¬≠cat¬≠or, social media sen¬≠sa¬≠tion, and now enter¬≠tain¬≠er? Yep, those are just a sampling of the roles that Com¬≠mand¬≠er Chris Hadifeld ful¬≠filled dur¬≠ing his 146 day post¬≠ing to the ISS as Sta¬≠tion Commander. His Soy¬≠uz cap¬≠sule returns to Earth tomor¬≠row even¬≠ing, but as a last sur¬≠prise, the Com¬≠mand¬≠er released this video rework¬≠ing of…

  • Lawnchairs in Space!

    You likely are aware that I‚Äôm a fan of the Kerbal Space Pro¬≠gram, a very cool and fun way to safely explore the pro¬≠cess of design¬≠ing, build¬≠ing, launch¬≠ing, nav¬≠ig¬≠at¬≠ing and land¬≠ing space¬≠craft. Yep, cool and safe. Totally unlike real¬≠ity. Earli¬≠er today I stumbled across this video that, while hos¬≠ted by a Kerbal Space Pro¬≠gram fan, goes into a…

  • Get your Kerbal on! Update .18 released.

    The latest, and pos¬≠sibly greatest, update to Kerbal Space Pro¬≠gram has just been released, fea¬≠tur¬≠ing: * Dock¬≠ing Con¬≠nect¬≠ing ves¬≠sels togeth¬≠er is now pos¬≠sible! Build space sta¬≠tions, sur¬≠face bases, or assemble huge space¬≠craft in orbit. * Flight Planning Get¬≠ting to oth¬≠er plan¬≠ets and moons just got a lot sim¬≠pler. Place man¬≠euvers along your orbit to cre¬≠ate a…

  • Canadarm: Today‚Äôs Google Doodle

    Very cool of the fine folks at Google to recog­nize the 31st anniversary of the Cana­darm’s use in space with today’s Google Doodle.

  • To the Mun and back.

    If you‚Äôre into the Kerbal Space Pro¬≠gram (as you‚Äôll no-doubt have noticed I am) you‚Äôll appre¬≠ci¬≠ate this video of a trip to Mun and back, set to appro¬≠pri¬≠ate music. The video also shows off some of the really great graph¬≠ics and images pos¬≠sible with this sand¬≠box style game. Fun!

  • Coolest indie game in development ‚ÄĒ update and video!

     My recent fling with the Kerbal Space Pro¬≠gram is get¬≠ting more ser¬≠i¬≠ous; they‚Äôve released the much-anti¬≠cip¬≠ated 0.7 update that includes lots of cool stuff, including: Sev¬≠er¬≠al new Plan¬≠ets and Moons, for a total of 14 Celes¬≠ti¬≠al Bodies. Mul¬≠tiple game saves support. Tutori¬≠als and Scenarios. Sev¬≠er¬≠al new Parts, includ¬≠ing a NERVA Engine. Intern¬≠al Cock¬≠pit Views on…

  • Viewing the Solar Eclipse from Edmonton this evening?

    There‚Äôs a great ‚Äėsim¬≠u¬≠lated‚Äô pre¬≠view of what you can expect to see over at TimeAndDate.com. And do check out the awe¬≠some resources that Dr. Phil Plait (@badastronomer) has cur¬≠ated here: Eclipse fol¬≠lowup part 2: tons o‚Äô links on how to safely watch

  • 50 year old infographic shows NASA‚Äôs first manned forray into space

    NAS¬≠A‚Äôs Image of the Day Gal¬≠lery provided this cool infograph¬≠ic show¬≠ing Alan Shep¬≠ard‚Äôs brief flight into space ‚ÄĒ Amer¬≠ica‚Äôs first. It appeared magic¬≠ally on my desktop cour¬≠tesy of John‚Äôs Back¬≠ground Switch¬≠er ‚ÄĒ a cool win¬≠dows desktop wall¬≠pa¬≠per applic¬≠a¬≠tion that man¬≠ages and dis¬≠plays many image sources.