space

Fri
03
Oct
Dennis Faas's picture

Chinese Astronauts Walk in Space

After showing the world it could safely conduct the Olympics, China has again drawn the attention of the global community. As if the country's steady economic incline hasn't been noticeable enough, the emerging superpower can now add space walking ... to its growing list of achievements. China's Zhai Zhigang is being welcomed home as a hero this week after he made a 20 minute spacewalk Saturday afternoon. The exploration was part of a larger operation called the "Shenzou VII mission", which began on September 25. Understandably, the Chinese are ecstatic. After Zhigang and crewmates Liu Boming and ... (view more)

Wed
06
Aug
Dennis Faas's picture

Richard Branson Unveils Space Travel Mothership

British businessman and publicity hog Richard Branson recently revealed the first of two aircraft capable of carrying tourists into space. The new, high-altitude jet will act as a sky-bound home base for spacecraft that take two crew and six ... passengers on sub-orbital flights. Dubbed "Eve", the aircraft was recently unveiled amidst space fans and engineers a Mojave Desert hangar. Branson's Virgin Galactic is behind the project, which contracted aerospace designer Burt Rutan to complete both Eve and the spaceship that will launch from Eve. Although the number of space nuts having already paid $ ... (view more)

Tue
17
Jun
Dennis Faas's picture

Google Co-Founder Buys Ticket To Space

Well, it was going to happen eventually, but it seems that space tourism isn't really that far away after all. News agencies are reporting that Google co-founder Sergey Brin recently put a down payment on one such trip with an outfit called Space ... Adventures. BBC news reports that Brin paid a $5 million down payment to reserve his seat on a flight that will take him and one other passenger to the International Space Station in 2011. Said Brin, "I am a big believer in the exploration and commercial development of the space frontier and am looking forward to the possibility of going into space ... (view more)

Thu
15
May
Dennis Faas's picture

Microsoft-Google Battle Goes Galactic

Microsoft is launching an online service giving users access to images from space telescopes. It could mean yet another battle with Google, which has its own service, Google Sky. Bill Gates says the WorldWide Telescope project should be online by ... the end of the month. The free service is based on Microsoft's Visual Experience Engine, the same technology which runs the Microsoft Virtual Earth mapping software. By combining this software with thousands of images taken from space cameras, the service effectively acts as an interactive telescope. Where appropriate there will also be links to ... (view more)

Thu
27
Mar
Dennis Faas's picture

'Bleeding' Signals with Google

Google was the big loser in a recent bidding auction for the 700 MHz spectrum, which is being abandoned by television networks as the entire industry moves to digital format under Congressional order. Now, Google is trying to get the Federal ... Communications Commission (FCC) to allow mobile devices to use what is called the 'white space' that exists between TV channels. (Source: slate.com ) While the regulatory board is reportedly intrigued by Google's proposal, many doubts remain. White space is used as a barrier between television channels to prevent signals from one broadcast interfering ... (view more)

Fri
07
Mar
Dennis Faas's picture

Metal Gear Designer Slams Sony's Blu-ray

Only a matter of weeks after its coronation in front of the tech-happy, HD faithful, Sony is now taking some serious heat for not packing enough space into its Blu-ray discs. Launching the complaint is Hideo Kojima, famed designer behind upcoming ... PlayStation 3 heavyweight title Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. In an interview with Famitsu, mogul Kojima lambasted Sony for being a bit shy on the storage for its Blu-ray disc format. In that interview, Kojima was adamant that the game, which should be a titan, was simply not going to fit on Sony's HD hardware. "There's not enough space ... (view more)

Tue
19
Feb
Dennis Faas's picture

Spaced Out. Are You? MS Word

Have you ever found that you need just a smidge more space between two paragraphs in your MS Word document? I just bet you have, at one time or another, wished for a quick and clever way to add a 12 point space before a paragraph, just another ... little trick to file away in your repertoire. Well, your wish has been granted! Follow the steps below to insert that extra space before a paragraph. Simply place your cursor anywhere in the paragraph and click on CTRL + 0 (zero). Need that same space above multiple paragraphs? Not a problem: follow the steps below: Highlight all paragraphs and use CTRL ... (view more)

Mon
18
Feb
Dennis Faas's picture

Don't We All Need a Break Occasionally? MS Word

I am sure there have been times in your life when you had an MS Word or PowerPoint numbered or bulleted list when you decided that you really did need a blank space half way through it. I'm right aren't I? I knew it! I also know that you probably ... tried several times to insert that blank visual space and finally decided to give it up. I know this because a lot of folks have written to me to ask me how to make it happen! There are ways to make this happen but most of them are slow and laborious. As you all know, I am all about saving time and keystrokes and so I will show you today how to ... (view more)

Wed
06
Feb
Dennis Faas's picture

NASA Blasts 'Across the Universe'

Forty years ago the British invaded American pop culture, led by four polished, handsome devils from the least-polished place on earth. Upon arrival in the United States from Liverpool, England, the Beatles' went about changing American music ... forever. That impact will be commemorated in the oddest fashion when NASA blasts the lyrics for the band's popular "Across the Universe" as part of the 50th anniversary of its first space mission. Although neither anniversary is particularly odd, their combination seems an interesting 'mashup'. For a space administration that is as American as Wisconsin ... (view more)

Wed
20
Jun
Dennis Faas's picture

NASA Bets Astronaut Lives on Sewing Kit

Since NASA routinely puts astronauts in space, you'd think the trip would be filled with all sorts of experiments dependent upon modern science and technology. Surprisingly enough, however, it's technology failing the visitors to NASA's ... International Space Station, while extremely low-tech techniques are saving the day. Blame Russia The problems all started with an unreliable Russian navigation computer. The device hung up on the astronauts last Tuesday, causing a not-so-funny comedy of errors while engineers worked to open external solar blankets. Despite the hiccup, the solar technology ( ... (view more)

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - space