Fri, 24 September 2010
If it exists, alien life is most likely, well, very alien. That means that it is probably very different than life as we know it here on Earth. This week, Earthly and unearthly sounds meet, harmonize, and peacefully co-exist, creating a new musical genome.
Fri, 17 September 2010
Asteroids are chunks of rock and debris left over from the formation of our solar system. Occasionally, some of these space rocks bump into each other, sending them spinning off at incredible speed. Two such wandering rocks, both around 10 meters in diameter, were recently discovered to be on trajectories that pass close to Earth. Though both are relatively small, and have very little chance of hitting the Earth, they'd make quite a splash if they did.
This week on Deedlecast, heavy metal and complex molecules hurtle in with great force and effect. Brace for impact. This could be a sustained barrage.
Fri, 10 September 2010
The space shuttle, that icon of American space ingenuity, is scheduled to serve its final mission early next year. Known officially as the Space Transportation System (STS), the missions have been more or less sequentially numbered from the first launch on April 12, 1981.
Though the final shuttle mission has not been set in stone, NASA's latest suggests it will be STS-134.
Date: Feb, 2011 *
Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle Endeavour
Launch Site: Kennedy Space Center - Launch Pad 39A
Launch Time: To Be Determined
STS-134 Description: Space shuttle Endeavour will deliver an EXPRESS Logistics Carrier-3 (ELC-3) and an Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) to the International Space Station.
DJDeedle remembers vividly that first launch and successful landing, as well as the two tragic shuttle accidents.
This week's Deedlecast is a salute to the era of the space shuttle and all the brave folks on those missions. The STS program may be ending soon, but the missions will continue forever in our hearts.
Fri, 3 September 2010
September is all about space on Deedlecast this year. DJDeedle starts off this month-long space odyssey by saluting the space race, that golden age of manned space exploration when the US and the USSR competed to outdo each other and be the first to land a human on the moon. The adventure continued in the 1970s with further Apollo mission lunar landings, the rendezvous with the USSR's Soyuz, and ultimately, Skylab from 1973 to 1979.
Here's to those brave days of manned space flight and exploration, humankind's destiny.