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Boba Fett wearing Google Glass.

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The current Administrator of NASA, Charles Bolden uttered the most badass phrase in the history of space today: “Godspeed Dragon.”

What the who is Dragon?! It’s an unmanned space capsule designed, built, and launched by SpaceX atop their in-house Falcon 9 rocket.  Eventually the capsule will hold up to 7 crew members.  The brainchild company of Elon Musk is hoping to become the first private enterprise to visit the International Space Station.  Today this company took a giant leap in that direction with another successful launch of the Falcon 9 rocket, which has suffered delays recently do to software and hardware issues.  More on this after the jump: Read More »

I’ve been reading about this epic story for years.  The project is entitled Red Bull Stratos.  The gist is Felix Baumgartner is attempting to break 3 records: highest skydive, longest free-fall, and fastest fall.  If all goes to plan Felix will be the first person to break the sound barrier without the use of a machine.  On March 15th, 2012 Felix completed his highest test jump yet at 17 miles (about twice as high airliners cruise.)  The Stratos website has great details about the custom suit, capsule, and team.  It’s a “must peruse” for any true nerd.

I’ve made a few Facebook Timeline header from images captured during this test jump:

All rights to the photos are owned and reserved by Red Bull.

SOPA sounds terrible.  I was going to take down my website today in protest, like Wikipedia has…but then I realized no one would notice.  So instead I’m going to link to a few helpful websites:

Gizmodo has an easy to understand break-down of why SOPA is so ridiculous.

Here’s why Wikipedia is blacked out.

Here’s Google’s take.  I think they have my favorite protest image, a big black bar over their logo.

Here and Here are some on-line protests…if these even do anything.

Everyone’s big advise is to contact your Representative and say you’re not for the bill.  SO GO DO THAT RIGHT NOW!!

CERN Labs recently released findings of neutrinos moving faster than the speed of light.  If this is proven to be true, we’re going to have to rethink/throw out some popular theories of physics…so I’m told.

The Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) is bus-sized satellite that was launched in 1991 to study the hole in the Ozone layer.  It’s scheduled to reenter the atmosphere on Friday Sept. 23…

UPDATE after the jump on NEW READERS!
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Recently, NASA released it’s much delayed and anticipated rocket design that will be replacing the Constellation program.  The new design is called the SLS (Space Launch System.)  Without a doubt, this is the worst named rocket in NASA history!  It couldn’t be more literal or boring!  Hit the jump for an artist’s rendition of NASA’s new SLS.

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Read about whatever the hell a Super-Earth is and why I’m talking about one after the jump Read More »

GRAIL Satellites…smart.  More on the strip and mission after the jump:

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…this comic seems like a negative critique of NASA’s new photos, but I actually think they’re pretty darn cool.  Check one of them out after the jump.
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