Showing posts with label NASA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NASA. Show all posts

Monday, May 13, 2013

Astronaut Chris Hadfield Sings From Space - Space Oddity

Astronaut Chris Hadfield has done it again and this time has moved people to tears. A day before he returns to earth he posts a video on YouTube with him singing David Bowie's Space Oddity. David Bowie has heard it and has also like it. Chris Hadfield posted the song to Reddit under the videos section later and the comments just started rolling. With many a young users' interest in space and science being sparked again and older users being moved to tears. One user also commented on how this must be the most expensive music video ever produced.

Here's the tweet from Astronaut Chris Hadfield on the new song

David Bowie likes the song


Chris Hadfield sings Space Oddity in SpaceAstronaut Chris Hadfield Singing Space Oddity in Space - he also did and AMA on Reddit from Space and has also uploaded a music file titled 'What normal life sounds like in space'. He is all set to inspire an entire generation - read his post 9Space Oddity) on Reddit here.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Astronaut Chris Hadfield, currently orbiting planet Earth. Does an AMA from Space

Now this must be the coolest AMA on planet earth. We write a lot about some of the really cool AMA's done by people and this seems to be one of the finest and coolest. If you're wondering where Chris Hadfield is while doing his AMA - when asked by one Reddit users. He said he was now off the western coast of Australia in the Indian Ocean. when asked which part of earth looks coolest from space he replied that the Australia Outback looks coolest and the Bahamas looks most beautiful. He is now aboard the Space Station ISS. If you're wondering what the ISS space station is - Wikipedia says that the International Space Station is a habitable artificial satellite in low orbit earth. There are many interesting questions answered by him - like, what does space smell like, What's the funniest thing that happened on the ISS?, what's the scariest thing he has seen in space. He answered saying watching a meteorite burn up between me and Australia. Now this is something considering all the near hits and misses or rocks hurtling past earth. Before his pre-launch flight the Col did an AMA which we wrote about and can be found here.

Please find below some of the amazing answers from space by Col Chris Hadfield

Which part of the earth looks coolest from space


What does space smell like


Can you connect to skype, twitter and facebook in space


Read the full AMA on Reddit here.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

What normal life sounds like in space

Reddit has many users who come from all walks of like and every kind of professional you can think of -- yes they also have Redditors who are astronauts. most notable - Col Chris Hadfield who's a Canadian Astronaut and fighter pilot having flown two space shuttle missions for NASA -- STS-74 in 1995 and STS-100 in 2001. On his missions he has some fantastic sound recordings that any space enthusiast would like to hear -- 'Ambient Noise on an International Space station'. Listening to the recording you would be surprised to learn that the constant noise on an international space station can be quiet loud and astronauts need to use earplugs to cut out the noise. Col Chris Hadfield has released a recording of the noise while aboard the space station and you can listen in and check out the constant buzz.

Col Chris Hadfield via Facebook
Col Chris Hadfield on sounds from an International Space StationTwo recordings of the Colonel are now available -- a song recorded in space called ' Jewel In the Night' and the 'Ambient Noise of the International Space Station'. After posting the sound clip on Reddit, the post has already attracted about 500 comments. With some users asking for a sample of the sound found outside the space station. There are also a whole host of other sounds that people will be interested in maybe Col Chris Hadfield would make those available. So till then please enjoy the sounds as we have attached them below. His is an enjoyable contribution to science. You can follow him on Facebook here and Twitter here.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Will the world end on December 21, 2012

As December 21 draws closer, searches on the internet seem to be getting more frantic. 12/21/2012 seems to be all over search terms regarding the doomsday conspiracy theory stating that the world will end on Dec 21, 2012. In fact while browsing through Google for related news on the topic - these are some of the search terms that came up. what time will the world end on December 21 2012 - what time will the world end on December 21 and when is when is doomsday 2012. There have also nee reports of teens and people who are not too sure deciding to end their time on earth before the universe ends it for them.

Will the world end on 21/12/2012

So how did the prediction that the world will end on December 21, 2012 start.
Also known as the 2012 phenomenon which together comprise of a range of beliefs according to which cataclysmic events will occur on 21.12.2012 and which will transform the world and bring about doomsday. The whole thing started with claims that the planet Niberu, discovered by the Sumerians is header towards earth.

So will the world end on 12/21/2012
NASA astrobiologist David Morrison has taken it upon himself to answer all these questions.NASA have released a separate and independent page called 'Ask an Astrobiologist' and David Morrison personally looks after all the answers. The page goes into detail about how the whole Doomsday 2012 actually started and wheather we are in any actual danger.

The NASA page says there is no danger and Dec 21, 2012 will pass like any other normal day. There are no signs in the cosmos or known universe that revel any kind of doomsday event. In fact thye go on to claim that photos and videos of Niberu found on the internet are false. Poeple who believe in Niberu say it is hiding behind the sun. The NASA scientist however says that these are false images of the sun caused by internal reflections.

Source: Here is the Wikipedia article on Doomsday 2012 phenomenon and here is the link to 'Ask A Astrobiologist' -- NASA's answers to all your Doomsday 2012 questions. A blog entry by the US Govt debunking the theory. Image via MayanCalendars.

Here is a video by NASA Astrobiologist David Morrison answering questions 'The Truth About 2012'

Sunday, August 19, 2012

How to get photos from Mars Curiosity Rover in your Inbox

Mt. Sharp on Mars
Mt Sharp on Mars: Source

Photos and videos coming from Mars Curiosity Rover can be fund and quiet exciting. It gives you the chance to keep track of all the latest happening from Mars Curiosity Rover and as intriguing as it can be - it is a way to explore another planet. There are many ways to keep tracks of all the photos, images and videos from the red planet. You can follow the official Curiosity Rover Twitter Channel or the NASA channel on Twitter. This would mean however that you need to keep logging to Twitter and checking for their tweets. If you have a very vibrant Twitter account sifting through all your tweets can be time-consuming. CNet's Jason Cipriani however has a nice solution. 

You can follow If This The That shared recipes -  user lsalvador from ifttt has this recipe to share with people - Email me new photos from Mars Curiosity rover. You need to sgn-up for this recipe and you will be get Mars Curiosity Rover in your email whenever a new one is uploaded to the NASA or Curiosity Rover Twitter accounts. This is achieved by monitoring the Twiter accounts and sending you an email everyone something new is tweeted. You will need to grant Twitter access and enter the email ID you want to receive photos in. Click on create account and join ifttt - you can now start receiving the latest photos from Curiosity Rover. 

Source: Email me new photos from Mars Curiosity rover - join now and get updated photos.

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Mars Curiosity Rover Landing on Mars Video [Aug 5, 2012]

Middle or a Mars crater: Source

I arrive on the red planet on Aug 5, says the Twitter account of the NASA team. This video or the Mars Curiosity Rover provides a fascinating glimpse of the miraculous landing of Curiosity on Mars. In a tweet about the event NASA had this to say 'Look out below! What descent to the surface of Mars looked like from my POV'. The video is fascinating and the YouTube account that uploaded the video had this to say 'The Curiosity Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) captured the rover's descent to the surface of the Red Planet. The instrument shot 4 fps video from heatshield separation to the ground'. The video is phenomenal in that it showcases an event in history that will be remembered for the technology that is being used to study and observe the red planet. 

Curiosity is a full functional mobile-science lab sent to another planet. Which is why NASA scientists have said that it has been the most challenging and elaborate achievement in the history or robotic-flight. The daredevil decent of Curiosity enclosed in a capsule-like protective shell. Took eight months to finally streak through Martian atmosphere at 17 times the speed of sound. The landing is nothing short of spectacular and something to be seen. to follow more from the Curiosity team on Twitter you can follow them @MarsCuriosity

Look out below! What descent to the surface of Mars looked like from my POV #MSL #MARDI [video]
— Curiosity Rover (@MarsCuriosity) August 6, 2012

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

NASA is hosting this unique Tweetup on Feb. 17 at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

NASA is holding a Twitter event and we have the extract directly from their page which explains everything that you would want to know about the event and how to be a part of the 100 lucky winners to attend the Tweetup at the Johnson Space Center in Houston

For the first time, @NASA Twitter followers are invited to Houston, the home of Mission Control, to learn about a space shuttle mission in person. 

NASA is hosting this unique Tweetup on Feb. 17 at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The event will provide NASA Twitter followers with the opportunity to take a tour of NASA's Johnson Space Center, view the Mission Control Center and astronaut training facilities. Tweeps also will be able to speak with flight directors, engineers, astronauts and trainers. The Tweetup will include a "meet and greet" session to allow participants to mingle with fellow Tweeps and the staff behind the tweets on @NASA.

Space shuttle Endeavour is targeted to launch at 4:39 a.m. EST on Feb. 7 on its STS-130 mission to the International Space Station.

How do I register?
Registration opens at 11 a.m. CST/noon EST on Tuesday, Jan. 26, on this page and closes at 11 a.m. CST/noon EST Wednesday, Jan. 27. NASA will randomly select 100 individuals on Twitter from a pool of registrants who sign up on the Web. An additional 50 registrants will be added to a waitlist. Registration will be open for 24 hours.

What are the registration requirements?
Registration indicates your intent to travel to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston and attend the event in person. You are responsible for your own expenses for travel, lodging, local transportation, food and other amenities. Once you are on-site each day at the Johnson Space Center, NASA will provide transportation.

NASA's Johnson Space Center is a government facility. To be admitted, you will need to show a government-issued identification (driver's license or passport) that matches the name provided on the registration. Those without proper identification cannot be admitted. All registrants must be at least 18 years old.

Can I register if I am not a U.S. citizen?
Yes, non-U.S. citizens may register to attend the Tweetup in Houston. However, you will need to complete an additional step to receive clearance to enter the Johnson Space Center. Please choose the "non-U.S. citizen" option in the state drop-down menu during registration. On-site, you will need to show government-issued photo identification, such as a passport, that matches the name provided on the registration. Those without proper identification cannot be admitted. All registrants must be at least 18 years old.

Do I need to have a Twitter account to register?
Yes. This event is designed for Twitter users who follow @NASA and other NASA Twitter accounts. The goal of NASA Tweetups is to allow people who regularly interact with each other via Twitter to meet in person and discuss one of their favorite subjects: NASA.

Does my registration include a guest?
Because of space limitations, you may not bring a guest. Each registration provides a place for one person only. Each individual wishing to attend must submit a separate registration.

What if I cannot come to Houston?
If you cannot come to Houston to attend in person, you do not need to register for the Tweetup. However, you can still plan to follow the mission of space shuttle Endeavour on NASA TV at NASA also will provide regular launch and mission updates on @NASA.

If you can't make this Tweetup, don't despair; NASA is planning others in the near future at various agency locations.

When will I know if I made it?
After NASA has received and processed the registrations and selected the participants, an e-mail with confirmation information and additional instructions will be sent to the confirmed Tweeps and those on the waitlist. We expect to send notifications by Jan. 29, or sooner.

What if the space shuttle's launch date changes?
The STS-130 Mission Tweetup should not be impacted by a launch delay. Even if the shuttle flight is postponed, NASA still will host the Tweetup on Feb. 17 in Houston.

What is a Tweetup?
A Tweetup is an informal meeting of people who use the social messaging medium Twitter. This Tweetup is an opportunity at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Have a question? Need more information? Help is available by sending an e-mail to

Come back at 11 a.m. CST/noon EST on Tuesday, Jan. 26, to sign up. 

Source: NASA


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