How to optimize your headspace on a mission to Mars

Imagine being confined to a metal cell with a couple of other people and few amenities for months or even years. Maybe after that, you’ll be moved to a new compound, but you still have no privacy and extremely limited communication with your family and anyone else in the outside world. You feel both crowded […]

This is how I instantly shut down a “the moon landing was faked” debate

The moon landing was faked? Many conspiracy theorists hold that the Apollo Moon landings were a hoax, despite tons of evidence it really happened. When I get into a debate with any moon landing conspiracy theorists (I usually try not to get into, life is too short to debate with morons), I send them this […]

First footage of Earth from space (above 100 km) – 1946 V2 Rocket

On October 24, 1946, a V2 rocket launched by a group of soldiers and scientists from White Sands Proving Ground (today is known as White Sands Missile Range – WSMR), New Mexico (USA) in 1946 returned the first footage of Earth from space. The missile carried a 35-mm camera aloft that snapped an image every […]

A spectacular crescent Earth rising over the Moon (Apollo 14 image)

NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) for February 1, 2020: a crescent Earth rising over the Moon, seen from Apollo 14 on February 6, 1971. This photo is not as famous as the Apollo 8 Earthrise, or the Blue Marble, but it has such an eerie beauty.

Fastest human-made object: Parker Solar Probe

On January 29, 2020, during its fourth close approach of the Sun, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe reached a top speed of 244,225 mph (393,042 km/h) or 62.28 miles per second (mi/s) (109.18 kilometers per second) and once again became the fastest human-made object ever built. Despite it seems blazingly fast (and actually it is), it […]