Space Technology

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    NASA Needs Asteroid Hunters

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2013

    Mars Missions And Twin Testing: Just Regular Old NASA Stuff

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2013

    Ellington Airport Could Become a Commercial Spaceport (Could a Moon Vacation Be in the Cards?)

    Houston has some great airports, but now the City of Houston and the Houston Airport System are working to see about getting one airport a little something extra as a licensed spaceport. Back in the days of the space race, our rockets were heading for the moon, and it all happened so fast that it s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    Astronaut Chris Hadfield Makes Video for David Bowie's "Space Oddity" Video in Space

    That shockwave you felt across social media this morning was due to the collective nerdgasm over a video produced by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. Before leaving the International Space Station, Hadfield, who is an avid user of social media and clearly gets how to use it, put together a video o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    Now Broadcasting From The Red Planet: 5 Artists Who Deserve A Premiere On Mars

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2012

    Neil Armstrong, First Man on the Moon, Dead at 82: No, the Korean War Ace & Icy Test Pilot Did Not Tell a Blow-Job Joke on the Moon

    Sad news for NASA and its Houston family, as word has come down that the first man on our moon has died today. Armstrong was 82. Breaking News and NBC News reported the news over Twitter around 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon Houston time. NASA has its own obit up now, too. Armstrong was a part of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    Amazing New Close-Up Look at Apollo 11's Lunar Landing Site

    For a bigger version, click and then click again. NASA released a picture today from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera as it passed just 15 miles over the landing site of Apollo 11. The pictures clearly show the bottom part of the Lunar Module that served as the launching pad for the Eagle.

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Apollo 15, 40 Years On: Five Odd Facts (Including Faulty Peeing, A Very Irked NASA & The Coolest Lunar Experiment

    The rockingest moon ride ever​Forty years ago today, two Americans were on the moon, getting ready to blast off from home. Apollo 15 is another of the lesser-known moon missions, although it did introduce the very cool moon buggy. In the past we've presented five off facts about the moon lan ... More >>

  • News

    July 14, 2011

    The Shuttle's Souvenir Load

    20,000 flags and 10,000 patches aboard

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    Latest Space Station Video: Someone Provide A Soundtrack, Please

    NASA released a nice photo yesterday of the shuttle Endeavour docked to the space station; today they've released the video. It's seven minutes or so of the shuttle attached to the station as they hurtle through space. It's also silent, and so it needs a soundtrack. Classical? Something by Yes or ... More >>

  • News

    April 21, 2011
  • 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 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 9, 2011

    Apollo 14 Splashed Down 40 Years Ago Today: Six Odd Things About It

    A collectible version of the only Apollo 14 moment most people remember​Apollo 14 -- the safely numbered one after that, um, other one -- splashed down 40 years ago today. Since there were no dancing-on-the-edge death-defying dramatic escapes on this one, the mission is largely lost to histor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Does the Challenger Explosion Only Resonate in Houston?

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2011

    Challenger Disaster, 25 Years Later: The Five Most Chilling Moments

    Tomorrow is the 25th anniversary of the Challenger disaster, a news event that remains so vivid -- especially to Houstonians -- that most everyone can remember where they were when they learned of it or when they first saw a replay of that launch, embedded above. That day and its aftermath trigger ... 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 >>

  • News

    October 7, 2010

    Intelligent Life

    When NASA employee April Evans questioned animal experiments, her career fell apart.

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    Space Beer: Coming Soon to a Galaxy Near You

    crunchgear.comTo travel in space while drinking a beer. Another American dream realized.​STEP 1: Design a spacecraft fit for commercial space flight. Check. STEP 2: Build a fleet of such vehicles; brand yourself as the means for the common (extremely wealthy) man to see the universe. Check. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    Space Shuttle Discovery: Five Notable Missions, For Better Or Worse

    Godspeed, Discovery​The 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 >>

  • Calendar

    September 9, 2010

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    Dave, what are you doing?

  • Calendar

    March 25, 2010

    Screen on the Green: Apollo 13

    Houston, ah, we have a big ass problem

  • 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

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    September 24, 2009
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    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

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2008

    Real Astronauts Don't Drink Pee

    Everyone is breathlessly following the latest space mission to see if astronauts will one day successfully be able to drink urine (NASA -- the kinkiest space agency evah!!)It's a bit of a comedown from the moon days.As it turns out, at this time in 1969 NASA was just getting ready to launch Apollo 1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2008

    Take Our Shuttle Quiz And See If You're A Space Expert

    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 -- but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2008

    Can I Get Some Of My $30 Million Back?

    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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2008

    Do Astronauts Hate NASA's New Moon Rocket?

    With the space shuttle age dying down, NASA's next step is to return to the moon. They are designing a new rocket (called Ares I) to do it, but there may just be a revolt going on among the astronaut corps over the design of that rocket. According to the Orlando Sentinel, "the astronaut office is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2008

    A Blast From Calexico's Past Blasts Into Space

    Space, the final frontier, will be transformed into Calexico's "Crystal Frontier" Friday morning. Astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle will be shaken from their slumber to the mariachi-rock of the Widescreen Remix of Calexico's classic cut from their 2001 EP Even My Sure Things Fall Through. And to ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 13, 2007

    “Star Wars”

    Luke Skywalker and company land their starfighter at NASA

  • Film

    September 20, 2007

    In the Shadow of the Moon

    Reliving the glory of America's giant leap for mankind

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2007
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    May 31, 2007
  • News

    February 6, 2003

    Coming Down

    A "routine" shuttle descent winds up stunning Space City

  • News

    January 30, 2003

    Coming Down

    A "routine" shuttle descent winds up stunning Space City

  • Music

    September 5, 2002

    Lance in Space

    Coming soon to a TV near you: hardbodies in zero-G

  • Calendar

    May 16, 2002

    IMAX by Extraterrestrials

    Astronauts film life aboard the space station in stunning 3-D

  • Calendar

    February 28, 2002

    No Boosters Allowed

    Flight directory Chris Kraft has a story to tell

  • Calendar

    February 1, 2001

    Your Friend, the Germ

    Microbes are the stars of this exhibit

  • News

    August 10, 2000

    Science Friction

    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.

  • Calendar

    July 15, 1999

    Man in the Moon

    Writer James Schefter

  • News

    August 13, 1998

    Space Odyssey

    Tom Moser wants to put Texas on the map as a commercial launch pad for cargo-carrying rockets

  • News

    April 17, 1997

    The X(erox) Files

    Erin O'Shey and her friends thought the truth needed to be out there

  • Film

    July 6, 1995


    Both corny and inspiring, Apollo 13 is about more than a space mission

  • Culture

    January 26, 1995

    Moon Shots

    At the MFA, lunar imagery blurs the line between science and art

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