The space shuttle carrier arrived at Johnson Space Center a few weeks back and now, for some strange reason, you can go watch live-streaming video of the craft being re-assembled. Yes, NASA has gone and created nonstop video of this exciting process. As y'all must be able to imagine, this exhilarati ... More >>
It's called Foodini. Rhymes with Houdini. As if it might, at some point, perform some feat of escape artistry. It's just a box, though, sort of like a microwave with a computer screen on the front. Capsules containing blended food are loaded into the machine, and it's programmed to squirt out the ... More >>
Mark Carreau covered NASA for the Houston Chronicle for more than 20 years. He started on the day the Challenger exploded - the editor told everyone on the metro desk to write a NASA story - and he stayed on the beat until he was laid off from the Chron a few years ago. Until then, he watched launc ... More >>
With a rudderless NASA in charge, JSC has been lost in the shuffle.
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 >>
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 >>
Today is the 10th anniversary of the explosion of the space shuttle Columbia, which blew apart as it was gliding across Texas to a Florida landing. All seven crew members died, and Texans were poking around the Piney Woods for weeks looking for debris. NASA is keeping a low profile for the anniver ... More >>
NASA is trying to make a big PR splash with its crosscountry trip, of the retired shuttle Endeavour, including a nose-thumbing stopover of Houston, the city who didn't get a shuttle despite being the home of NASA. See Also: - Retired Shuttles: Houston Even Finished Behind McMinnville, Oregon - Eigh ... More >>
While it was neither a small step nor a giant leap NASA once again made history on Tuesday. Not content with just beaming music in to space they successfully streamed a song from the Curiosity rover hanging out on Mars back to the little blue orb we call home. If we're being honest we were a bit su ... More >>
Because sometimes around EOW, we like to take a little poetic license with things, here is the past week's restaurant news presented in some merry iambic pentameter: Though downtown's lost a Mexican rest'rant, Fear not because another soon will haunt The Cabo space with patio sublime: Pepper Jacks ... More >>
Satellite radio got some new competition from a little old outfit called NASA when the government agency went live Monday with its new internet radio station, Third Rock. The station is described in NASA's press release as "crafted specifically to speak the language of tech-savvy young adul ... More >>
Skylab: Roomy but fallibleNews came out yesterday that Russia and her space-station partners plan to crash the thing into the ocean when its life span ends in 2020. It's too expensive to dismantle, and would be too huge and dangerous a piece of space junk to leave up there in orbit. Man-mad ... More >>
Rocks Off has been trying to come up with a "space rock" joke all day, but we can't, so we'll just say this is pretty cool. Today we got an email from Austin nonprofit Dart Music International with a link to the above video, which premiered during SXSW. It's astronaut (and musician) Cady Coleman ... More >>
Readers weigh in on "Intelligent Life."
When NASA employee April Evans questioned animal experiments, her career fell apart.
Godspeed, DiscoveryThe space shuttle Discovery headed to the pad yesterday for its last trip into space.The 26-year-old craft has seen a lot in its career, some good, some bad, some odd. Here are five highlights:5. Being used as an old-folks' tour busIn 1998 Discovery took John Glenn up to space ... More >>
Photo by Paula BeltránRachel Snow, Geneva Gordon, Yvette Nguyen (L-R) at the tryoutsThe Rockets Power Dancer final auditions were in full swing Tuesday night: oh the glamour, the perfectly-sculpted legs ... the NASA engineer adjusting her hot shorts?Yup."I'm an engineer at NASA, so when I'm not ... More >>
Pentagon leaves out the NASA/Houston angleAll together now: NO BLOOD FOR NIOBIUM! When The New York Times reported in Monday's lead story that Afghanistan was sitting on vast riches in completely untapped minerals just lying around waiting to be dug up, it was old news out at Ellington Field. Th ... More >>
Space Center Houston puts George Lucas fans through their paces
Photo courtesy NASAA salute to Mr. JablonskiHey, guess what!! Monday brings the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing!!Oh, you heard? Well, get ready to hear more -- this weekend and Monday will no doubt be a "One small step for man" marathon.Which is fine -- the moon mission was a crazy, a ... More >>
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The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30cSpace Module: Colbert - Democracy in Orbitcomedycentral.comColbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorNASA Name Contest It took a while, but Stephen Colbert has finally gone on the offensive over NASA's hesitation to name its new space node for him even ... More >>
Yesterday we noted that the Orlando Sentinel was reporting that relations between the Obama transition team and NASA were little better than Madonna and Guy Ritchie.Today, however, everybody is insisting everything's beautiful, nothin' to see her, folks, move along. Sort of.Leading the "everything's ... More >>
Just a day before a new crew heads up to the International Space Station, NASA has announced the return of an old problem: The station's toilet is broken again. The troubles involve a "gas separator" which, frankly, sounds like something you'd definitely want to be working in the toilet of a space ... More >>
Talk about shocking -- an Apollo astronaut, one who walked on the moon, yesterday revealed that the U.S. government has had contact with space aliens in the past, but has covered it up. Stunning, right? Maybe not -- the astronaut in question is Edgar Mitchell. And while he does share the record fo ... More >>
NASA hosts 100-plus hot air balloons
Reliving the glory of America's giant leap for mankind
Yesterday, the U.S. Congress passed a bill that would authorize the U.S. Mint to begin making gold and silver coins commemorating NASA's 50th anniversary. The Mint would make 50,000 gold coins worth $50 each and another 300,000 silver coins worth a $1 each.
"Sounds like I'm missing all the fun and intrigue down there." Okay, just to be clear: First there was astronaut sex. Then that little spelling gaffe. Then the drunk astronauts. And now there’s…[wait for it]...[wait for it]....sabotage! NASA is investigating the apparent sabotage of a compute ... More >>
NASA.gov Joan already looks good in orange, so the Dynamo scarf should be a plus. You can't say the Houston Dynamo folks aren't geniuses when it comes to marketing... The MLS Cup game is long gone, but the team manages to stay in the news. There's word that astronaut Joan Higginbotham will take ... More >>
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Architect Constance Adams designed an inflatable house that could take American astronauts to Mars. NASA wants to build it, but Congress keeps bursting the bubble.
Tom Moser wants to put Texas on the map as a commercial launch pad for cargo-carrying rockets
At the MFA, lunar imagery blurs the line between science and art
Did the U.S. government spend $2 million just to nail little guys like David Proctor?