Astronomy & Space

NASA’s Opportunity rover sets space driving record

Posted by Alex Grantz on Sunday, May 19th, 2013 @ 9:46 am EST

NASA’s incredible Opportunity rover has set another milestone. It has now traveled the farthest distance of any American vehicle on an extra terrestrial surface. It has covered a distance of 22.22 miles on the surface of Mars, which eclipses the record set by the Apollo 17 astronauts¬†Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt over 40 years ago. Opportunity was supposed to last only 90 days and has now been operating successfully on Mars for over 9 years! It will be interesting to see how far Curiosity can make it. Let’s hope it is as successful as the plucky Opportunity rover!


Neil deGrasse Tyson answers a question

Posted by Alex Grantz on Sunday, April 14th, 2013 @ 5:59 pm EST

I had the incredible opportunity to see astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson give a lecture at Miami University last Monday. The talk was very interesting, and he stuck around for almost 2 1/2 hours! The last hour or so was a question and answer session from those that didn’t leave to go watch the NCAA basketball championship game. I recorded a video of the very last question of the night and have put it up on YouTube.

The question was essentially, “When will we be able to travel to another galaxy?” To see Dr. Tyson’s answer, see the video below.

Curiosity lands on Mars!

Posted by Alex Grantz on Monday, August 6th, 2012 @ 7:23 pm EST

Early this morning Eastern time in the USA, NASA pulled off an incredible feat of engineering ingenuity by successfully landing the 1,982 lb Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars! It was an amazing spectacle to watch live as the individuals in the control room called out each milestone during the insane landing sequence dubbed the 7 Minutes of Terror. The joy and elation of everyone in the room when it was clear the rover landed safely was one of the most emotional things I have ever witnessed. Truly well done everyone involved with this project! Check out the amazing first pictures the rover sent back just minutes after it landed.

I have compiled a list of relevant links with even more commentary, links, and video below. Check it out and I hope you can appreciate this event as much as I do.

If Earth had rings like Saturn

Posted by Alex Grantz on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 @ 12:06 am EST

Now this is just cool. Here’s an animation that shows what the view would be like from Earth if it had rings. Very interesting to see the different perspectives depending on where you are on the planet. Check it out below.

Curiosity’s 7 Minutes of Terror

Posted by Alex Grantz on Saturday, June 23rd, 2012 @ 11:33 pm EST

This video is astonishing. It shows in detail the landing sequence that the Mars rover Curiosity has to go through to survive. I absolutely love what brilliant people can do if you give them enough money! On that note, check out Penny 4 NASA. NASA deserves a bigger budget!

Curiosity is currently speeding towards the red planet and is scheduled to go through this incredible landing sequence on August 5th or August 6th depending on where you are in the world. Here’s to hoping everyone got every little detail right so we can enjoy the results of a successful landing and subsequent mission!

Neil deGrasse Tyson – The Most Astounding Fact

Posted by Alex Grantz on Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 @ 11:52 pm EST

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is the person who reignited my passion for astronomy and space. Everything that he says is done with such personal interest and enthusiasm that you can’t help but be interested yourself. The video below takes one of his best answers and puts it to some lovely video and music. Take a look!


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