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Space Blogger: Chris Hadfield’s Photos from the ISS

Monday 01.21.2013 , Posted by

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It’s hard to imagine a blog published more remotely than Colonel Chris Hadfield’s… and yet he’s only about 200 miles away from many of us. That’s because he’s blogging from perhaps the most exclusive place around: the International Space Station (ISS). This Canadian astronaut is on his second trip to the massive station circling the earth, where he’s soon scheduled to take his and a Canadian’s first command of the ISS. Life is good. [Read more...]

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Would You Volunteer for a One-Way Trip to Mars?

Saturday 01.12.2013 , Posted by

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Would you volunteer for a one-way trip to Mars, never again to return to the Earth? That is the proposition the non-profit organization Mars One is putting forth for a group of 4 brave people with a distinct lack of nostalgia for old Mother Earth. Once on the red planet, they will establish a habitable, sustainable outpost designed to receive additional astronauts every two years. If the plan works, we will see Mars being colonized by as early as 2023… that’s 10 short years people! [Read more...]

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Star Wars Travel Posters in the Style of the WPA

Friday 12.28.2012 , Posted by

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Back in the late 30s and early 40s the US Government spent an unprecedented amount of money furthering the arts as an effort to boost the economy during the Great Depression. Out of the Federal Arts Project branch of the Works Progress Administration came some of the most beautiful posters ever created for our National and State Parks, screen printed in the art deco stylings of the day. Now, Steven Thomas is channeling that gloriously creative time, creating travel posters for the famed Star Wars galaxy. [Read more...]

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How Far Away are Our Nearest Stars?

Thursday 12.20.2012 , Posted by

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With the recent announcement that their may be a habitable planet just 12 light-years away from Earth, the question keeps getting asked – just how far are the closest solar systems to our own planet? This graphic created by Space.com shows that – the closest stars and their accompanying solar systems – giving us a better perspective of what’s out there in the neighborhood for us to explore. [Read more...]

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The Way to Space: Images of America’s First Spaceport

Thursday 12.06.2012 , Posted by

Spaceport America, the first hub of Richard Branson’s impressive Virgin Galactic, includes basic operational infrastructure such as an airfield, launch pads, terminal / hangar facility, emergency response capabilities, utilities and roadways. The site will be capable of accommodating the activities of both vertical and horizontal takeoff space launch vehicles, serving as the base for pre-flight and post-flight activities, and providing a tourism experience for interested visitors and spectators. [Read more...]

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To Infinity and Beyond! Space Colony Art from the 1970s

Thursday 11.22.2012 , Posted by

It has been a long time dream of Earth dwellers to shake off our terrestrial bonds and move to far away places, like space for example. While today the world focus tends to be largely land based, in the 1970s we were in the midst of the Apollo space program, watching men walk on the moon; and gearing up for the Space Shuttle program. It was also a time when the sobering realities of our human impact were becoming obvious to the masses. We saw widespread industrial effects from pollution and an ever rising world population – one which was surprisingly only half of today’s staggering 7 billion. [Read more...]

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A Case for Space: The Office Cubicle Expands

Wednesday 11.07.2012 , Posted by

The days of stuffy work environments, über boring decor, and closed off working spaces are going the way of the dinosaur. As technologies evolve and work needs change, companies are acknowledging the need for more adaptable workspaces as well. Companies like Google, Facebook, Pandora and Urban Outfitters are spearheading the charge in creating an encouraging space to foster creativity, innovation, contemplation, and collaboration — creating an intensely valid case for space.  [Read more...]

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Hanging Out on the Best Coast: “Space Coast”

Monday 10.22.2012 , Posted by

The Interest in space has been stirred up again by the Herculean accomplishment of the Red Bull Stratos team and Austrian Skydiver Felix Baumgartner — who became the first human to break the sound barrier during freefall. It’s been over a year since Atlantis blasted off for the last time to deliver parts and cargo to the International Space Station, and the suburban sprawl surrounding Cape Canaveral on the East coast of Florida — also known as the “Space Coast” — has lost what truly made it special: launching space shuttles into the unknown. [Read more...]

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Red Bull Stratos: Skydiving From the Edge of Space

Wednesday 10.10.2012 , Posted by

The Red Bull Stratos Mission is a mission teetering on the edge of space. It involves one man, one balloon, and one jump from the edge of space with the goal of breaking the speed of sound. Felix Baumgartner and his team of experts plan to lift him to 120,000 feet in a stratospheric balloon and make a freefall jump, hurtling towards Earth at supersonic speeds reaching 700 mph. By reaching these speeds, he hopes to be the first human to reach Mach 1 and break the sound barrier during a skydive freefall.  [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #287 > Traveling Through Space

Monday 10.08.2012 , Posted by

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