Look at that face. Does that look like the face of a man who is going to jump from 120,000 feet up — in just a spacesuit? That is just what 43-year-old Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner did today. Except his planned jump of 120,000 feet turned into nearly 128,000 feet — the man jumped from […]Read more "Stratospheric Bravery"
It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Life, you know . . . Today there will be a private funeral for Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon. He died on August 25th. I had wanted to post something about him the day he died, but what can you post about someone who will […]Read more "Goodbye, Neil Armstrong"
Well, it’s been three (almost four!) days and I haven’t posted a thing about the most amazing, wonderful and successful landing of Curiosity. I’ve been too busy catching up on real life, but that does not diminish the utter joy I shared with thousands of others across the world when Curiosity did what many thought […]Read more "Curiosity Success!"
Watch out, Mars . . . here I come! Okay, not quite, but I’m as close as I’m allowed to be. I’ll be leaving on Sunday with my daughter for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) in Montreal to watch Curiosity land on Mars. Excited. Giddy. Scared. Those are all perfect words to describe how I […]Read more "Packing for Mars . . . Would you?"
Pop quiz, hot shot: What’s the closest star to Earth?* A couple of weeks ago, people across Canada and even as far south as Arkansas in the United States, were treated to a spectacular light show. The night sky became a glowing curtain of colours that stretched across the the black, starlit sky. I, sadly, […]Read more "Here Comes the Sun"
I was going to post a little bit about our sun, but I couldn’t ignore the sad news today that the first American woman in space, Sally Ride, passed away at the age of 61. She died of pancreatic cancer. Sally Ride was chosen for the space program in 1978, beating out 1,000 other candidates. […]Read more "RIP, Sally Ride"
Okay, I haven’t posted in a while because I’ve been too frantic trying to figure out travel arrangements for my Montreal trip. I am so excited, and very, very nervous about the whole thing. I mean, really . . . Mars isn’t too kind to us. But still, there have been some pretty cool science […]Read more "Science tidbits"
So I was updating my site and I came to an impasse: was I a geek or a nerd? I Googled. Yes, Google has the answer to everything. I decided that I was a geek. Is it shameful to admit that you are one or the other? Nah. Just be yourself. I love hockey. I […]Read more "Geek is chic"
Oh, JPL . . . will you stop teasing me with all this Mars stuff? This is the most recent image of our lovely red neighbour, released by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The workhorse rover Opportunity which has been at it since January 2004 (and has lasted well past the 90 days it was supposed to) […]Read more "Mars Far and Wide"
This is one of the coolest videos NASA has ever released. It makes you marvel at what humanity is capable of achieving. It also makes me realize that I will be holding my breath when Curiosity is making its descent.Read more "Curiosity’s Seven Minutes of Terror"