Tag Archive | NASA

Mark Schaefer Interviews Jason Crusan of NASA

An interesting interview with Jason Crusan, NASA’s Director, Advanced Exploration Systems Division about crowd-sourcing.

NASA is leading the way in turning ideas an innovations over to its fans. Jason Crusan, NASA’s Director, Advanced Exploration Systems Division explains why, and how.

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Stardust

This is a stunning video about the Voyager 1’s journey to space.

PostPanic director Mischa Rozema’s new short film, Stardust, is a story about Voyager 1 (the unmanned spacecraft launched in 1977 to explore the outer solar system). The probe is the furthest man-made object from the sun and witnesses unimaginable beauty and destruction.

The film was triggered by the death of Dutch graphic designer Arjan Groot, who died aged 39 on 16th July 2011 from cancer.

Life of an astronaut

This is an interesting post from TedEd about the life of an astronaut.

Astronaut Jerry Carr knows space. As commander of Skylab, he spent over 2000 hours ins space, orbiting the Earth over 1000 times. Recounting his life story, Carr remembers the enchanting years he spent at NASA.

Will Space Travel Save Us All?

This is an interesting post about the possible future of space travel and the overview effect.

Will Space travel change our perspective on the human condition?

Space, also known as The Final Frontier, has been in our collective dreams and fantasies for decades. Who WOULDN’T want to blast into space, experience zero gravity, or walk on the moon?! But with limited funding to NASA, the day that had been promised to us for years (in addition to flying cars and hover boards), seems no closer now than it did 30 years ago. BUT WAIT! Could private research and funding be the future of galactic exploration? And maybe once we are all able to see the earth from a distance, we’ll all gain some much needed perspective. So keep on truckin’ Elon Musk, for humanity’s sake.

The overview effect, as defined by wikipedia :

The Overview Effect is a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts and cosmonauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from orbit or from the lunar surface. Third-hand observers of these individuals may also report a noticeable difference in attitude.