Launched from Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V-541 heavy lift rocket, the NASA Curiosity rover is now safely motoring across Mars within a very large crater named Gale that is 96 miles in diameter. The Curiosity rover touched down on Mars at 10:31 p.m. [...]
By Robert F. Dorr, Photo by Jay Miller During WW II, every manufacturer was aggressively seeking ways of squeezing more performance out of aircraft. Unfortunately, virtually all of those sometimes unorthodox experimental aircraft have disappeared. This is what makes the displaying of the most unorthodox of them all, the Vought V-173 “Flying Flap Jack,” at [...]
When we last reported on the University of Maryland students and their impressive Gamera II machine, they had only managed to get few feet off the ground. In this latest video, Gamera II gains 8 feet in altitude using just its pedaling passenger for power! Here’s the scoop, as reported by Claudine Zap of Yahoo’s [...]
In a news release, producer Anthony Nalli said the crew spent 46 days filming in 18 locations to compile a wide variety of segments for the increasingly popular show. “Many months and 36 segments later I’m more excited about The Aviators than I’ve ever been,” Nalli said. “This season picks up where the last left [...]
Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, has died, following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. He was 82. Armstrong’s words “That is one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind,” spoken on July 20, 1969, as he became the first person ever to [...]
One of the most iconic sequences in sci-fi movie history is the speederbike chase through the forests of Endor in Return of the Jedi. Now, thanks to a tiny California research group, real speeder bikes are no longer just a dream in a galaxy far, far away. Created by Aerofex, the rotocraft uses helicopter dynamics [...]
Some 75 years after Amelia Earhart’s plane disappeared, a new discovery on the bottom of the ocean points to where the aviator may have crashed — and died. (via tighar.org) A debris field videotaped in the waters off Nikumaroro Island could include remnants of the aviator’s plane — the latest batch of evidence in what has been an ongoing search for clues (see the most notable Earhart discoveries from the last 75 years).
The rover’s near-miraculous mission has rekindled excitement about the space program. Here’s where we might be going next The stunning landing of the Mars rover Curiosity and the images it beamed home have renewed public fascination with the U.S. space program. President Obama even put in a personal call to the control room at NASA’s Jet Propulsion [...]