Thanks to Elon Musk, These Books Have Become Astronauts Before You

Thanks to Elon Musk, These Books Have Become Astronauts Before You

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Elon Musk’s Falcon Heavy has successfully launched into space and is headed for Mars orbit. Aboard the massive rocket is Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster, a test-dummy called “Starman,” a bunch of David Bowie music, the words “Don’t Panic” (in reference to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) displayed on the Tesla’s panel, and a storage device containing sci-fi classics.   Besides The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy reference propelling through space, a device that SpaceX calls “5D quartz laser storage device…a high tech, high data storage unit that can survive the harsh environment of space” is also on the payload. …

Science Books From 2017 That Will Make You Smarter

Science Books From 2017 That Will Make You Smarter

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You and I, book lover, we might not know everything. We might not understand how gravity behaves in black holes or the genesis of stars or how electricity works. We might not know any of these things.   What we do know, though, is how to read. And books are being written by people who know things. Scientific things! We can then read those books and learn some of the things that those people know. This, in the scientific community, is known as a eureka moment. So here are seven books from just the past year that shine a light …

Astronaut Scott Kelly Tells All About His Year in Space

Astronaut Scott Kelly Tells All About His Year in Space

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Most of us would have to agree with Charlotte Kelly when she referred to her dad Scott Kelly as “out of this world” while speaking to Time. Astronaut Scott Kelly has set a record for the most consecutive days in space, 340 to be exact.   Image Via Amazon   You may or may not have heard of NASA’s ongoing twins studies. Scott Kelly and his brother Mark are twins and Jersey boys who both fell in love with space travel. The intention behind NASA’s twin study is to monitor the effects of long-term space travel on the human body by …

George R.R. Martin and Neil deGrasse Tyson to Explore Space in New Video Game

George R.R. Martin and Neil deGrasse Tyson to Explore Space in New Video Game

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“Game of Thrones” creator George R.R. Martin is helping astrophysicist (and “Cosmos” helmer) Neil deGrasse Tyson make a video game. “Space Odyssey,” Tyson’s proposed space exploration video game, is currently just under its Kickstarter goal with only a couple days left.   Look close, that hologram is Neil deGrasse Tyson / via Kickstarter   The game will allow players to build their own planets, explore other players’ planets, and complete galactic challenges. What makes this space exploration game different is that it is based on actual physics. With Tyson at the helm, the focus on real science is not unexpected.   via Kickstarter   On a recent Skype …

New Children’s Book Celebrates Pioneering Apollo Programmer

New Children’s Book Celebrates Pioneering Apollo Programmer

Coinciding with the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, a new children’s book, ‘Margaret and the Moon,’ written by Dean Robbins and illustrated by Lucy Knisley, celebrates pioneering programmer Margaret Hamilton. A photo of her went viral last year.    Image Courtesy of NASA   “We associate the 1960s space program with men, both in orbit and behind the scenes, so it was revelatory to find that a woman had played such an important role,” Robbins told Space.com. “As a children’s author, I wondered if Hamilton’s career might be an inspiring story for kids.”   As there was so little information about …