One would think David Bowie, aka Major Tom, would be the first rocker to explore outer space. But, Boomtown Rats frontman and Live Aid mastermind Bob Geldof has beat him to it.
"Being the first Irishman in space is not only a fantastic honor but pretty mind-blowing...The First Rock Astronaut -- Space Rat! Elvis may have left the building but Bob Geldof will have left the planet! Wild!" said Geldof, … Read more
Apple introduced a new "Space Gray" color with the iPhone 5S on Tuesday, but the new color is not exclusive to the new high-end smartphone.
After Apple introduced the color at the rollout for a pair of new iPhones today, the company quietly added the new color option to its iPod Touch, iPod Nano, and iPod Shuffle. The only iPod models on which the new color is not offered as an option is the iPod Classic and the 16GB iPod Touch, which is available only in a black front and silver back combination.
iPods sporting the new color … Read more
Introduced all the way back in Android 2.1, Live Wallpapers provide animated, and often interactive, backgrounds that range from minimalist to downright busy.
As Android has evolved over the years and become more power-efficient, developers have created increasingly more robust Live Wallpapers.
Thanks to advances in the platform, these eye-catching backgrounds now also sip your battery charge instead of chugging.
I've put together a small collection of my favorite Live Wallpaper apps for Android, some of which are free. The apps mentioned here are uniquely different from each other and represent some of the best available for the … Read more
Ever wanted to know what it looks like from the tail of a rocket soaring to an altitude of 70,000 feet? Thanks to Virgin Galactic, you don't have to wonder anymore.
Thursday, the private space tourism company run by Richard Branson conducted its second rocket-powered supersonic test, blasting to nearly 70,000 feet above California's Mojave Desert. Today, Virgin Galactic released a video, shot from the tail of SpaceShipTwo, showing the flight in action from up close.
This is likely as close as most of us will ever get to getting aboard SpaceShipTwo, since Virgin Galactic is … Read more
If the typical bevy of Friday night activities seems just too boring to bear, try out a rocket launch instead.
At roughly 11:27 p.m. ET, NASA will launch its Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) onboard an Orbital-made Minotaur V rocket. The launch is the first to take place at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va., and will be visible to a wide array of East Coast onlookers lucky enough to catch a patch of clear sky.
For those not on the East Coast -- or anyone looking for a front row ticket to … Read more
A new initiative by SpaceX founder Elon Musk would make science fiction author Issac Asimov proud.
In a SpaceX YouTube video (see below), Musk describes how he's endeavoring to build new rocket ship parts using only hand and finger movements and a high-grade 3D laser metal printer. He won't use a typical desktop computer, he won't use a keyboard.
SpaceX is a private company founded by Musk in 2002; it designs, builds, and launches spacecrafts and rockets into low-Earth orbit. The company's goal is to one-day send humans into space so that they can live on … Read more
"Robots take their first step for a future of hope," the first talking space robot has said in its inaugural message from the International Space Station.
Kirobo's voice sounds more like a squeak than the mighty baritone of say, Megatron, but the 13-inch droid's message heralds a new era for astro-companions.
Made in Japan, Kirobo arrived at the ISS last month after a Japanese H-IIB rocket ride. It'll orbit our planet for about a year and a half, and ISS crews will have to learn to love its nasal whine. … Read more
We're one step closer to being able to cruise at 2,500 mph and experience five minutes of weightlessness 364,000 feet above the Earth -- if you happen to have a quarter of a million dollars lying around, that is.
It may not have as cutting-edge a name as Elon Musk and SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft, but Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo (SS2) is the real deal, and it successfully sailed Thursday to supersonic speeds with the aid of a rocket engine for the second time.
"We couldn't be more delighted to have another major supersonic milestone … Read more
Every year astronomers see hundreds of supernovae erupt in other galaxies, but from such great distances these stellar explosions look only like bright dots. Researchers therefore prize the few supernovae that past observers witnessed in the Milky Way, where telescopes can scrutinize the wreckage. Since the year A.D. 1000, skywatchers have seen five of our galaxy's stars die in brilliant explosions. Now a new distance determination to the most mysterious of these is yielding new insight into its nature.
All five stars blew up thousands of light-years away, so their light took many millennia to reach us. But … Read more