• Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    TV Party: With The Shuttle Gone, Whither Space City?

    ​On the latest "Between The Lines" segment on CW 39's Newsfix, I unloaded about the horror of Houston not receiving a space shuttle, now that the NASA program is over with. Hopefully Florida, Washington, D.C., and New York will make do with these retired spacecraft. It's not like any of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Mercury Pictures: Doesn't Look All That Hot (Must Be the Humidity)

    All images NASA​NASA has released the first images from the Messenger, which is orbiting Mercury. They hardly make the planet seem like the burning cauldron we've always expected it to be. Looks kinda cold, actually.

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    Discovery 's Last Take-Off: Some Wild Views

    NASA has put together an impressive montage of the last take-off of the space shuttle Discovery, using a wide range of cameras on the launch pad and the vehicle. There's about five minutes or so of preflight stuff here, so fast-forward if you prefer.

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    NASA, Free That Robot Now!!

    Discovery's been at the International Space Station for days now, and still no robot action. Even President Obama's getting antsy. He told the astronauts yesterday they should let R2 out of his packaging and allow him to "stretch his legs." (We're sure they had to bite their tongues to keep from bl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Apollo 13: The Theater Show

    This is a trailer for Apollo 13: Mission Control, posted on NASA's Buzzroom blog today. The show is not a NASA production, it's an interactive theater piece that, as far as we can tell, is done in New Zealand and Australia. The show's website says: To transport you to Houston, Texas, the theatre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    NASA's Robots: Now They're Just Trying to Freak Us Out

    NASA photosThe singularity is coming, you carbon-based piece of shit​ZDnet's put out a photo gallery of the new robot, R2, who is in the shuttle headed up to the International Space Station as we speak. The pictures aren't new, but seeing them all together can give you the creeps. (You can a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    Frustrated NASA Fan Takes Job Into His Own Commercial-Making Hands

    Check out the gorgeous NASA video promo above. Gives you warm, fuzzy feelings about the space program, doesn't it? The only problem? The video isn't actually from NASA. It was created by YouTube user damewse, who expressed frustration with the space exploration agency's lack of media savvy, espec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Confused Wade Phillips Is Confused

    Something occurred to me the other day as I was reading the sports ticker announcing that our own Houston Texans were hiring Wade Phillips as the new defensive coordinator and, in fact, keeping Gary Kubiak as head coach, in the face of a wave of anti-Kubiak gnashing of teeth. Have you ever had a f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    NASA's Astronomy Picture Of The Day: 2010's Ten Best

    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 NASA​In the early morning hours of Jul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    NASA's Monkey Experiments: Looks Like They're Officially Over

    NASA tells the lab to forget monkey experiments​Last week we told you of PETA's victory announcement in the battle against having NASA conduct radiation experiments on monkeys, a controversy that had been building and to which we devoted a cover story. In response to our questions, NASA point ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    PETA Says NASA Ending Monkey Experiments (UPDATED with NASA response)

    Photo courtesy April EvansApril Evans quit NASA over the experiments​PETA is proclaiming victory in their ongoing battle to stop radiation experiments on monkeys that had been planned by NASA. Well, folks, you did it. After scores of protests and more than 100,000 letters, phone calls, and e- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    NASA's Latest High-Resolution Photo: Has Google Maps Robbed Us Of Our Sense Of Wonder?

    Photo courtesy NASA​You're looking at one of the highest-resolution photos ever taken from the International Space Station, posted this week by NASA. NASA says it has a resolution of two the three meters per pixel, due to (WARNING: geek talk incoming) "using lens "doublers" to increase the op ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2010

    Why, Lord? Now They're Foursquaring From Space

    Life just got better​You, like all people, just LOVE Foursquare, the web application that lets you keep up with where people you don't care about are at any given moment.Because if you don't know that someone has earned enough points to be "Mayor of Lupe Tortilla's" or some such crap, your life wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2010

    Chilean Miners: NASA Touts Its Help In Getting Them Out

    The world's a sucker for trapped-in-a-mine stories ("trapped in a well" works, too), so it's no surprise that a ton of people are following the rescue of those Chilean minors.NASA, which can use all the budget support it can get, wants everyone to know that they played a big role in the rescue, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    April Evans Wanted To Talk Primate Testing Alternatives; She Had To Leave NASA To Do So

    NASA and monkeys: Not a love story​Upon seeing this week's cover of the Houston Press, there aren't too many people who would take up the "fry 'em with radiation, stick 'em in a cage and study 'em" mantle. Squirrel monkeys are cute and mostly defenseless. April Evans thinks they're cute, but that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    NASA's Space Vomit Recipe: The Video

    It must have a whiff of Tang, messieurs!​So apparently the space program needs some next-gen trash bags, and they need to find out if those bags can stand up to every manner of substance that they will be containing.This will include many empty cups of Tang and according to the video after the jum ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    Chile Mine Disaster: NASA Helps Out

    NASA goes underground​NASA may be out of the moon business and seen a lot of other space-related dreams curtailed, but now it looks like they can direct their energies underground.The government of Chile has asked for NASA's help in dealing with the 33 miners trapped in a tight space a half-mile u ... More >>

  • News

    June 17, 2010

    Expert Advice

    Accused child-porn fan advises on outing sex offenders.

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    PETA Comes To Houston To Take On NASA

    Time for my radiation, guys​Commuters on the Gulf Freeway will get a new billboard to ponder sometime soon: "NASA: Takea Giant Leap for Mankind. Stop Torturing Monkeys," it will say.It comes courtesy of animal-rights group PETA, who we guess should get points for avoiding the "Houston, We Have A P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    NASA's "Face In Space": Send Porn To The Space Station!!

    Porn in space: America demands this​NASA announced today a "Face in Space" program, where you can upload pictures of yourself that will be transferred to the International Space Station."Launch your face into space," the agency says.Why just the face? Why not....other parts?NASA spokesman Ja ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2010

    You Think Today's NASA Mission Posters Are Lame?

    Photos courtesy Bonhams​A while back, there was some general web guffawing over what was perceived as NASA's lame mission posters, which have trended towards spoofing popular movies. (We kinda liked them, actually.)Now we're getting a glance at how bad things used to be.On Tuesday -- the 40th anni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2010

    New On The Net: Scorn For NASA Having A Little Fun

    ​What's hot on the web today? Making fun of NASA for goofy mission posters.Gizmodo got its hands on mission posters made for internal NASA use -- they're on the web at the agency's Space Flight Awareness page -- and went to town."NASA Mission Posters Are Hilariously Painful," reads the headline, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    NASA Had Proof Of Water On The Moon Sitting In Their Storage Closet

    ​NASA famously bombed the moon last year in a desperate attempt to prove there's water on it. While water was indeed discovered, we have yet to hear any reliable figures on collateral damage to the affected areas or the native population.It turns out, instead of almost triggering a Earth-Moon war ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2010

    There's Absolutely Nothing That Could Possibly Go Wrong With NASA's New Human-Looking Robot

    Photo by General Motors​NASA and General Motors have announced a new space robot, called Robonaut 2, or R2 for short (The name "Desperately Hoping to be Relevant via Outdated Pop Culture References," or RHROPCR, was apparently rejected for being too long.)"Our challenge today is to build machines ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2010

    Your Car Isn't Broken, It's Just Become A "Stationary Driving Platform," If You Use NASA's Spin

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2010

    See Your Tax Dollars At Work: The Space Station Flying Over Houston

    Photo courtesy NASA​This week will be a great one for seeing the International Space Station -- especially tonight, NASA says.Assuming the night sky stays clear, the ISS will be visible for three minutes starting at 6:09 p.m.Look five degrees above north-northwest and track it as it heads to 11 de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    NASA Wants To Know Where To Point Its Mars Camera; We've Got Ideas

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    Used Space Shuttles Now Almost ONE-THIRD Off!!! And That's Not All!!!

    ​NASA announced today that the cost of buying a used space shuttle for display in your museum, educational facility or backyard has dropped from $42 million to the low, low, low price of just $28.8 million!!And that's not all!!The delivery of these fine, almost one-of-a-kind vehicle has been moved ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    NASA Still Struggling With The Whole Pee-Drinking Thing (And Who Can Blame Them?)

    ​NASA, which is bound and determined to turn its astronaut corps into a bunch of watersports enthusiasts, has hit another roadblock.The hugely expensive ($250 million!) system on the space station that is supposed to magically make urine drinkable (or, we guess some fetishists might say, even more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2009

    Newest Report Not Great News For NASA; Time To Think "Outside The Box," As They Probably Still Say There

    ​The long-awaited report on NASA's future has come out and, as expected, it's bad news for anyone hoping for a return to the moon."Panel Says NASA Should Skip Moon, Fly Elsewhere" is the headline on AP's report:Norman Augustine, chairman of the White House-appointed panel reviewing the agency's sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2009

    Shoot the Moon: A Playlist for Today's Lunar Bombing

    In case you were asleep this morning when it happened, we bombed the moon. Twice!​Our unprovoked attack upon our unsuspecting orbital neighbor was ostensibly for purposes of locating water particles in the dust cloud kicked up by the impact, but really, we're pretty sure it's the end result of so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    NASA's Biggest Job On This Shuttle Flight: Milking Publicity

    ​The latest space shuttle mission opens up a new, bold era in NASA history -- the desperate attempt to remain hip and relevant and therefore worthy of federal budget dollars.Commentators have pointed out how the agency seems to be embracing pop culture, but it seems to be getting to the point ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2009

    Houston 101: Neighborhood Of Astronauts

    ​Nowadays, being an astronaut just doesn't have the cachet it once did. But back in the 1960s, astronauts were celebrities, and an obscure neighborhood near Clear Lake was their Beverly Hills.Timber Cove was a development of what today would be considered smallish homes -- no McMansions here -- on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    The Five Worst Movies Being Shown On The International Space Station

    ​Maybe this has come out before -- the list seems to be a year old -- but we noticed today a story in the British paper The Guardian about the list of DVDs NASA has provided to the International Space Station.The actual list is here, released under the Freedom of Information Act. Movies are appare ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2009

    The Moon Landing, In Sharp Newly Restored Video

    Photo courtesy NASAScore one for the British press.We mentioned a while back that a London paper was reporting that NASA had discovered and restored tapes of the moon landing that had been missing for 40 years.The timing seemed highly coincidental, but it's true. And NASA just now has released the r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2009

    Slainte -- Let The Pee-Drinking Begin!

    Photo by bobbymondToday NASA made history again, breaking down barriers: For the first time (that we know of), astronauts drank their own urine in space.The piss was said to be "purified" and "recycled" and all that, but the bottom line is the bottom line: They might as well sign up for this website ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2009

    Tonight: Will NASA Discover A Sense Of Humor?

    Photo courtesy The Colbert ReportTonight's the night!On tonight's Colbert Report, the nation will learn whether NASA has a sense of humor or not.They famously had a contest to name the new node on the space station; they didn't take any of our suggestions. But Colbert's fans put him over the top thr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    Further Breakdown Of The Chron Cuts

    Photo by Lori GreigIt might seem like we're harping on the recent round of layoffs at the Houston Chronicle just because we're journalists too ("Hey, how come you don't do ten posts about the layoffs at Schlumberger!!"), but -- as we've said before -- we perhaps naively hold to the thought th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2009

    The Distillery: N.A.S.A.'s The Spirit of Apollo

    Truth be told, we envy N.A.S.A.'s bumptuous production acumen almost as much as we envy principal astronauts Squeak E. Clean and DJ Zegon the depths of their Rolodexes - even if, somehow, they couldn't rope Lil Wayne into their genre-mashup free-for-all. Seriously - as you'll see below - N.A.S.A.'s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2009

    See Yourself On TV From Space!

    Here's something neat from NASA that will let you while away your cubicle hours waiting for the corporate ax to fall: live shots of Earth from the space station.The International Space Station will be streaming live video from external cameras seven days a week at this website. The video will be sho ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 19, 2009

    “Creating Space City, USA”

    “Houston…the Eagle has landed.”

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    Satellite Collision: Red-Light Cameras To Blame?

    NASA has announced that one of its satellites has collided with a Russian satellite, creating a cloud of space debris that threatens other space objects.They did not say whether red-light cameras played any part in the collision.Scientists say, however, that satellites have never collided in the 50- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    NASA Killed A Cancer Cure, Suit Alleges

    The world may have known a cure to cancer ... if only that darn Columbia space shuttle didn't disintegrate over Texas six years ago and if only NASA had been a little more careful taking care of the cargo and debris that landed back on earth.At least that's what a Pennsylvania company is arguing.Acc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2009

    Tell NASA Where You Want Hubble to Point

    Hot on the heels of a new report from the Baker Institute suggesting NASA concentrate on improving conditions here on Earth and postpone all this "outer space" foolishness, NASA has come up with yet another neat little thing to help reignite enthusiasm for what it does. We say "yet another" in refe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    NASA's Ongoing Pee-Drinking Problem

    Once again, we learn via the Houston Chronicle, NASA is having trouble getting its astronauts to drink piss.It's apparently not because they think the idea is disgusting; it's because they can't get their pee-cleansing machine to work.The Urine Processor Assembly has been balky ever since it was ins ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    Trouble Brewing Between NASA And Obama

    All is not smooth in the relationship between NASA an incoming president Barack Obama.Not smooth at all, unless you count red-faced screaming fits by the head of NASA, his demands to speak directly to Obama, and his telling the person handing NASA for the president-elect's transition team she is not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    Highest-Ranking NASA Woman Ever Prepares For Re-Entry To Private Life

    Shana Dale, the highest-ranking woman in NASA history, is leaving the agency after three years as second-in-command.NASA's press release on the subject said she announced the decision today, but readers of her blog were tipped off about it last week. (Clearly, we were not readers of her blog.)Dale s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008

    Woman Puts Bag Down For One Second, Loses It (In Space)

    Has anyone seen my bag? It was here a minute ago. I swear to Christ, I put it down for one second, turned around and the next thing you's drifting aimlessly into the great void of space. Its circuit's dead. There's something wrong. Can you hear me, Little Bag? Can you hear me, Little Bag? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2008

    NASA At 50: Five Bad Astronaut Movies

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2008

    Other Ways NASA Could Have Fixed Their New Moon Rocket

    NASA scientists have finally figured out a way to keep their new moon rocket from shaking astronauts to death: put in some really big springs. As the Associated Press report puts it, the solution is essentially "a space-age version of the rusty springs under old pickup trucks." “It operates a lo ... More >>

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