On the Death of my Dad

Yesterday I buried my father. To be exact, yesterday was the funeral for my father. It was with military honors, as he served four years in the Navy during the Vietnam War, mostly aboard the heavy cruiser U.S.S. Newport News. Family and friends were in attendance, my younger brother as well as his older and…

Watch Today’s Total Eclipse Live

Today, tens of thousands of people are gathering in northeastern Australia to witness one of the most amazing and dramatic astronomical events known: a total solar eclipse. At 2:39 p.m. EDT (19:39 UT) the Moon will begin to pass in front of the Sun for viewers around Cairns, Australia, leading up to a brief period…

Earth-Sized Alien Planet Found Around the Stars Next Door

These days it seems exoplanets are being discovered nearly every week, with “super-Earths”, “hot Jupiters” and “cold Neptunes” being identified (or at least announced as solid candidates) within star systems all around our neck of the galaxy. To top it all off, today the European Southern Observatory announced that an Earth-mass world has now been…

Man Falls to Earth From Space* and Lives!

“You know, the world needs a hero… and today it got one.” – Jonathan Clark, M.D., Red Bull Stratos Medical Director Earlier today… this: After years of preparation, two “practice” jumps and one aborted launch attempt due to uncooperative weather, extreme BASE jumper Felix Baumgartner successfully ascended to over 128,000 feet in a pressurized capsule…

Jump From the Edge of Space: LIVE FEED

UPDATE: Today is the second launch attempt for the Red Bull Stratos “Mission to the Edge of Space.” Regardless if you would do it or not, today Red Bull Stratos BASE jumper Felix Baumgartner will ride a high-tech pressurized capsule into the stratosphere and jump out at 120,000 feet — 22 miles/36 km — becoming…

Endeavour Rolls Through LA Neighborhoods

This weekend the space shuttle Endeavour is on its way to the California Science Center, getting driven via Overland Transporter along 12 miles of Los Angeles roads at a more-or-less steady 2 mph. Hundreds of onlookers have gathered along the route to catch a glimpse of a real-life spaceship passing by just outside their front…

Poll: Would YOU Jump From the Edge of Space?

The light is GREEN, all systems are GO… on October 8, 2012, pilot and extreme BASE jumper Felix Baumgartner will perform a record-breaking freefall from a capsule at the staggering altitude of 120,000 feet — that’s over 22 miles (36.5 kilometers) up! On the way down Baumgartner will go supersonic, setting both height and speed…

Neil Armstrong Buried at Sea

Earlier today, Friday, September 14, 2012, Neil A. Armstrong’s burial at sea service was held aboard the USS Philippine Sea in the Atlantic. The first man to walk on the Moon during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, Armstrong passed away on Saturday, August 25. He was 82. An icon of exploration for all of humanity, he will…

President Obama Declares Flags Fly Half-Staff for Neil

Today the White House issued a proclamation that all U.S. flags are to be flown at half staff  “as a mark of respect for the memory of Neil Armstrong” on the day of his burial. So, I made a little edit to an image of the flag planted by Armstrong and Aldrin at the Apollo…

First Man on the Moon Neil Armstrong Passes Away at 82

“In my own view, the important achievement of Apollo was a demonstration that humanity is not forever chained to this planet, and our visions go rather further than that, and our opportunities are unlimited.” — Neil A. Armstrong Today we mourn the loss of a true hero and icon of a generation, if not an…

R.I.P. Sally Ride, First American Woman in Space

Sad news in space: Dr. Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, died today, July 23 2012. She had just turned 61 in May. “Sally Ride broke barriers with grace and professionalism – and literally changed the face of America’s space program. The nation has lost one of its finest leaders, teachers…