Archive for the 'Space' Category

Physics can be broadly broken down into three parts

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Dominic Walliman: The Map of Physics. Direct link to the map itself.

Dominic Walliman is a physicist and science writer and the author of the Professor Astro Cat science books.

Some links via MetaFilter: (Includes the Chasm of Ignorance).

Virtual Visit to the ISS

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Astronomy Picture of the Day: ISS Fisheye Fly-Through. (YouTube, 18 minutes)

(See also this post on MetaFilter.

Schiaparelli Mars lander hit the planet hard — and possibly exploded.

Friday, October 21st, 2016

NPR the two-way: Schiaparelli Mars Lander May Have Exploded On Impact, European Agency Says.

“”Estimates are that Schiaparelli dropped from a height of between 2 and 4 kilometers, therefore impacting at a considerable speed, greater than 300 km/h [186 mph]. The relatively large size of the feature would then arise from disturbed surface material. It is also possible that the lander exploded on impact, as its thruster propellant tanks were likely still full.””

The Martian

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

I don’t often have the time to read a book in one sitting, but being home with a cold yesterday I managed to read The Martian by Andy Weir. I was hooked after the first few pages in the morning and finished the book on the same day in the evening.

Of course now I have to watch the movie starring Matt Damon, but today I also did some research on the book and the author.

YouTube: Adam Savage Interviews ‘The Martian’ Author Andy Weir – The Talking Room (55 minutes).

The New York Times: ‘The Martian’ by Andy Weir.

“‘‘The Martian’’ is the most prescient science fiction movie I have seen in some years. I don’t say this lightly. And as is the case with many in my field, my own awakening to the very existence of science was spurred by science fiction — a 1953 film called ‘‘Spaceways,” which I saw at a very young age, living on a U.S. military base near St. John’s, Newfoundland in Canada.”

Sylvester “Jim” Gates is a physics and mathematics professor and director of the Center for String and Particle Theory at the University of Maryland. He serves on President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

NPR All Things Considered: Sandstorms, Explosions, Potatoes, Oh My: ‘Martian’ Takes Its Science Seriously.

“The Martian is the brainchild of author Andy Weir, who wrote the blockbuster novel that inspired the film. As Weir tells it, he’d always longed for some science fiction with greater emphasis on the science.”

The author, Andy Weir, has done two Reddit Ask Me Anythings: 3 February, 2014 and 28 January, 2015.

How about a round-trip ticket?

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Physics Girl: Would you go to mars? ft Bill Nye of the Planetary Society.

“Would you take a trip to Mars knowing the risks? What if it were a one way trip? Should we colonize Mars? I took a trip over to the Planetary Society to meet with CEO and Science Guy, Bill Nye to discuss the potential for future human travel and exploration to Mars.”