The Morpheus lander crashed andburned, and critics say NASA never fully investigated what went wrong.
Houston has long maintained a kind of inferiority complex. Even now after publications from coast to coast have proclaimed our surprising hipness, we still get things stuck in our craw. Case in point, not getting a space shuttle for Space Center Houston. Plagued by the insipid overuse of "Houston, w ... More >>
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 >>
Houston moms help the help.
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 >>
Photos by Troy FieldsCheck out our pictures of the final round of space shuttle simulation training at NASA's Mission Control. Space. If you are anything like me, you've probably started to take it for granted. Save for disasters like the Columbia explosion in 2003, the country as a whole no ... 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 >>
The form of a woman
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 NASAAstronaut Jose Hernandez, just back from two weeks in space, is gathering some attention for his statements on immigration policy.The Los Angeles Times reports that "NASA went ballistic" over comments Hernandez made on Mexican TV, comments which were definitely not along the li ... More >>
Photo courtesy NASAMichael Collins, the man who orbited the moon while Neil and Buzz had all the fun, isn't doing any interviews, apparently, for the 40th anniversary. But through NASA he's put out a Q&A with himself answering what he says are the biggest FAQs he gets.Most of it is predictable, ... More >>
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 >>
This just in from the Department of Suspiciously Timed Discoveries: The Daily Express in London, which is in some country that is not the US, is reporting that the original, long-thought-missing tapes from Apollo 11's walk on the moon have been discovered.As the tabloid paper tells it in a "World Ex ... 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 eve ... More >>
Photo by Paul KnightName: Don AndrewsHometown: DallasEvent: Cowboy doctorAndrews is working with doctors from NASA to use an accelerometer to measure the amount of G-force experienced by bareback and bull riders. I got into rodeo after I came to Texas with the New York Islanders hockey team. I neede ... 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 >>
NASA is back in space, via a dramatic nighttime launch of the space shuttle Endeavour. The mission will expand and repair the International Space Station, and exchange out crew members. NASA has largely dropped from public consciousness -- at least until the "Mars, Bitches!!" program begins -- ... More >>
Preservationists get help in the oddest way
Or, how I learned to stop caring and accept the dumb
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Dave Criswell dreams of living on the moon. He has a plan for colonization. Other scientists say his idea is 100 years too early. But he's ready now.
NASA & Houston v. McLane, Dieker, and "Baseball Team"
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?