31 May 2012

The SpaceX Dragon capsule is about to splash back to Earth, completing its historic journey to the International Space Station.  It was the first private spaceship to dock with the station.  Watch the splashdown live below.

30 May 2012

Volkswagen launched its "People's Car" project in 2011 to solicit ideas for futuristic visions and concepts that could one day be made into reality.  It had over 119,000 ideas posted and Volkswagen chose three concepts to highlight the 2012 Beijing Auto Show, which included the Music Car, the Smart Key and the Hover Car.

30 May 2012

Luna-24 was the last Soviet mission to the moon.  It returned to Earth with water-rich rock samples from beneath the lunar surface only to be ignored by the West.  New research uncovers this story from obscurity.

Watery Evidence

For years the idea of water on the moon has excited science fiction fans and scientists alike.  It was always believed in the past that the moon was dry.  But in recent years evidence of the existence of water began to mount starting with the Clementine mission in 1994.  Clementine was America's first return to the moon in twenty years.

29 May 2012
100-Year Starship plans to develop technologies for interstellar travel. Artist impression of Interplanetary Society's Daedalus unmanned starship. (Credit Adrian Mann)

We've recently talked about the interstellar starship on our podcast and discussed it in the recent article here on the website, well now more interstellar excitement is beginning to heat up.  These topics are no longer just for the realm of science fiction and Star Trek.  Now a group of interstellar enthusiasts being headed by an ex-NASA astronaut are embracing the issue of the vast distances involved and are working on a solution.  To help bolster their cause they are being backed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to begin their work.

25 May 2012

Tech-Stew Podcast E16: Whoa Not So Fast was recorded on Friday May 25th, 2012.


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25 May 2012

As of 9:56 a.m. EDT (13:56 GMT), the robotic arm of the International Space Station (ISS) successfully captured the SpaceX Dragon capsule.  NASA will be giving a news briefing later this afternoon on the events.  Read on for the full run down as well as a brief history and diagram of ISS as well.  Then at 12:02 p.m. EDT, the capsule successfully docked to the station itself.

24 May 2012

Now that we are discovering hundreds of extrasolar planets, the next logical jump will be to discuss finding ways to reach the star systems of some of those planets, particularly ones that are only a few light years away.  Remotely analyzing these planets with telescopes is great but it may never fully prove whether life exists there or has evolved into sentient beings.  So how do we get to the stars?  The biggest science fiction method, particularly that of Star Trek, has always involved antimatter.

23 May 2012


Tuesday marked the historic flight of the Falcon 9 rocket and now Friday, assuming passing grades for the Dragon Capsule, the Canadarm2 (Space station robotic arm) will grapple the capsule and dock it with the International Space Station (ISS).  The animation in the video below shows exactly how this will occur.

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