For the first time in American history, commercial spaceflight companies will send astronauts to the International Space Station. SpaceX and Boeing have been awarded NASA contracts to pursue the technology necessary for sustaining human life in space. Pending certification by NASA, American astrona ... More >>
Ray Bradbury once said that Mars is the future for mankind, so we have to wonder what the the science fiction genius would have to say if he knew that we've already (possibly) managed to contaminate our future with Earth bacteria. Yep, the Mars Curiosity Rover landed on the red planet in 2012, and ... More >>
Last month, NASA asked the people to help pick the design of the next spacesuit. The people have spoken and they have decreed that NASA astronauts should look like chrome versions of Buzz Lightyear. In other words, the astronauts are going to look extremely cool. If they manage to get to Mars whil ... More >>
With a rudderless NASA in charge, JSC has been lost in the shuffle.
SpaceX completed another successful mission toting cargo to the International Space Station on Sunday. The launch was livestreamed from Cape Canaveral, but it was all focused in Florida and Johnson Space Center was never mentioned. There was a time this would have been unthinkable. Check out our co ... More >>
Since a trip to Mars is years and a whole lot of scientific development away, NASA is focusing on asteroids. If you've always dreamed of saving the planet from an asteroid, now is your chance. NASA kicks off a program on March 17 where "citizen scientists" will have the chance to come up with algori ... More >>
Space is still the final frontier, and NASA has announced that the frontier is more vast than we realized. The NASA Kepler mission has discovered 715 planets set up in multiple-planet systems a lot like ours. The discovery more than doubled the number of known worlds in one fell swoop. Launched in ... More >>
The asteroid that hit Russia came out of the sky just like we all thought it would -- a fireball meteor, a streak of light that landed with the impact of a bomb. We've seen it in the movies for years, but it seems NASA took the asteroid as a sign to really step up their anti-obliteration-of-the-Eart ... More >>
Once traveling at light speed was the kind of thing you'd only hear about right before or after William Shatner said, "Beam me up, Scotty," but physicist Harold White and a NASA team at the Johnson Space Center are working on making the warp drive a thing that will actually exist. In a similar kind ... More >>
Seeing astronauts on Mars in the near future still seems as unlikely as the moon landing must have seemed when President John F. Kennedy first got the program going in the early 1960s. But the folks over at NASA are still dreaming Martian dreams, and conducting weird experiments on twins (Not becaus ... More >>
The Morpheus lander crashed andburned, and critics say NASA never fully investigated what went wrong.
It turns out that about the time Bruce Willis and his crew of oil-field workers were on a fictional asteroid trying to prevent it from destroying the world in the movie Armageddon, the folks over at NASA were actually starting up a program to try and spot incoming asteroids the way that guy on the T ... More >>
There was a generation of kids who grew up idolizing the astronauts. The men of the Mercury missions, the Apollo crews -- the guys who risked everything, put it all on the line to beat the Russians and launch into outer space. John Glenn, Alan Shepard, Neil Armstrong -- these guys were national he ... More >>
Brazilian artist Clarissa Tossin explores poverty with images of heat and earth.
In recent years, NASA has been hit pretty hard, and another hit may be coming. We're a long ways off from the days when JFK told the nation that the United States would put a man on the moon, and in recent years, what with the Great Recession, space exploration seems to have taken a backseat. Hell, ... More >>
The sharp-eyed folks at Reddit noticed something odd in a batch of pictures from the Mars Rover. Namely, a penis. The Rover drew a huge freaking penis on the surface of Mars. Thepicture apparently is authentic, if possibly old. It's been posted on a NASA site, but there was a meme with a similar p ... More >>
Next Tuesday, Flaming Lips will release their long-awaited new album, The Terror. Though the band has been constantly busy with side-projects over the last several years to tide their freaky fans over, The Terror marks their first "official" entry into their primary discography since 2009's Embryoni ... More >>
David Bowie's career has been one filled with unparalleled changes, and no, that's not a pun on his hit song. The man has literally undergone so many career diversions and redirections that it's almost impossible to keep up with where he has been at any one point in time. Rewind: 2013 RULES: David ... More >>
It's Friday afternoon, and you could either use a good laugh or else you just don't care anymore. Either way, do we have something for you. Riding high on the wave of good PR and general swag of the unmanned spacecraft Curiosity's successful landing and ongoing exploration of Mars (yes, fucking Mar ... More >>
One of the most interesting things in the music business is how managers and record companies promote and market their artists. Sometimes they do a great job, and other times they fail. When they do fail, their like that hickey you got three weeks ago -- still there. But, like a hickey, people even ... More >>
As the 2012 presidential race begins to heat up in earnest, Rocks Off can't help but feel that the front-runners for the Republican nomination are lacking a certain je ne sais quoi. Call it star power. Call it sex appeal. Whatever it is, these guys ain't got it. If the GOP is serious about wresti ... More >>
America, you have serious problems: It was business--big business--as usual for Kourtney & Kim Take New York and The Walking Dead. Here's what the shows' Sunday-night TV ratings performances meant: For Kourtney & Kim, the reality-show's season premiere, which scored a series-best 3.2 million view ... More >>
That hair is PURPLE!!!!The Sixties were the Space Era, when astronauts were all anyone was talking about, except for dirty hippies and their loud music. TV was eager to jump on the bandwagon. Unfortunately, TV-series production wasn't as high-budget or sophisticated as it is today, so the re ... More >>
NASANASA's first manned rocket in a long timePut it down in stone -- in just six years, and for just $18 billion, the rocket pictured in the artist's rendering above will be flying astronauts. NASA says so, so it must be true. The agency announced today the design for the manned rocket that ... More >>
Riding Rockets: Raunchy, raucous and funny.Astronaut autobiographies can be a very mixed bag. On the one hand, that should be surprising given the harrowing, thrilling life-and-death stories which are inherent; on the other hand, the authors are generally not very good writers. And even if t ... More >>
NASA celebrates its 53rd birthday this week, but it will be a subdued occasion as the space shuttle era ends, top talent leaves and the agency seems adrift. In its heyday the agency didn't worry about no damn budgets, and as a result it had a hand in developing some very strange planes. Among them ... More >>
For 15 years now, NASA has been putting out an Astronomy Picture of the Day, picking whatever hits their fancy from the archives or new stuff coming in from up above. Here are ten of the best they posted this year. 10. Atlantis takes off Photos courtesy NASAIn the early morning hours of Jul ... More >>
When NASA employee April Evans questioned animal experiments, her career fell apart.
boogiewoogieflu.blogspot.comA contentious and cantankerous mid-term election season is upon us, and the AM dial is so full of hot air that Rocks Off is surprised our Matrix hasn't started floating. Without taking a seat on either side of the aisle, it's undeniable that a real current of anti- ... More >>
Bicycle Bandit: Watch out for the strollers, dudeA bike bandit is on the loose in Houston, of all places. Yes, right here in the anti-Portland, a brigand is holding up banks and making his getaway on a Schwinn.We covered him early in his spree, but he's now hit six banks in the area.As a fellow c ... More >>
Used cars long ago become "pre-owned." Kamp Krusty isn't a "fat camp," it's an "image enhancement camp." Torture is now "enhanced interrogation."The silly-euphemism bar is set pretty high these days. But NASA is taking a shot at winning the competition, not because it is easy but because it ... More >>
So NASA is apparently taking public suggestions for where to point the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. No doubt the agency is anticipating a slew of requests for Victoria Crater or Olympus Mons, and I salute such educational endeavor ... More >>
There's a conference here this weekend (according to the Times of London) that will discuss, partly, whether water in liquid form has been discovered on Mars.Leading to the question, obviously, of whether there's life on Mars.That, combined with the recent cancellation of the TV series Life on Mars, ... More >>
Part of commemorating 50 years of NASA is acknowledging its role in lionizing the men and women who performed those historic missions. The names of Alan Shepard, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Sally Ride are well known, and rightfully so, for their contributions to America's space program. And th ... More >>
Looks like if Lisa Marie Nowak had only waited a decade or two, she could’ve gotten down (or up, or however one does it in space) with fellow astronaut William Oefelein as part of the job. Dr. Jason Kring, an assistant professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University who studies sex for NASA (ye ... More >>
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Forty years ago, one writer captured our city better than any before or since. Now he's forgotten. And the Houston he saw? All but gone.