| Recently, I had the opportunity to chat with installation artist and space enthusiast Tom Sachs. By recreating great cultural motifs out of basic materials such as foam-core, plywood, and hot glue, Sachs juxtaposes exterior appearance against internal value. His work, both playful and ironic, demonstrates current trends in the ways that we communicate, the ways [...]
| Yesterday, NASA JPL released Spacecraft 3D, an augmented reality application for the iPhone and iPad that allows you to create a 3D version of either Curiosity, the Mars rover current en-route to the Red Planet, or the GRAIL spacecraft, currently orbiting the moon. Although it may sound simple, the technology behind making the models appear [...]
| Each year, NASA celebrates one invention out of the many “spinoff” technologies that the agency inspires as the NASA Commercial Innovation of the Year. This past spring, the prestigious title was bestowed on a solar refrigeration solution designed to support life on the moon, but has huge application here on Earth. With approximately 2 billion [...]
| Conducting human missions beyond low-Earth orbit to destinations such as asteroids and Mars will require substantial work to ensure the well-being of the crew. These new operational conditions, which will include long periods in microgravity, will pose health risks that are currently not well understood and perhaps unanticipated. Developing and applying advanced tools to predict, assess, and mitigate potential hazards to astronaut health is critical.
| If you follow openNASA, you’ve no doubt heard of the International Space Apps Challenge – our global codeathon taking place on all seven continents and in space next month. Last month, we launched a new website for the Challenge that allows visitors to sign up for events, view and submit challenges, and learn more about [...]
| “Launch creates an environment for people to think about what they would want anyone looking at our planet to know about us – that we respected our home and worked together every day to ensure its beauty.” – Ted Eytan I go out and talk about NASA quite often, and tell many parts of the agency’s [...]
| NASA participates in a number of ‘hackathon’ type of events, most notably, the successful Random Hacks of Kindness in partnership with Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, World Bank, and HP. This weekend, NASA is participating in the sold-out 2011 San Francisco Science Hack Day and we’re bringing all the action to you as it happens. Science Hack Day [...]