The Last Space Shuttle Launch

July 10th, 2011 | Posted by Gothamghost in Space - (1 Comments)

NASA’s last space shuttle launch took place on July 8th, 2011 marking an end to NASA’s 30 year old space program.  This isn’t the end of spaceflight for humans, but it is the end of U.S. government funded spaceflight. Regardless of how we decide to make our journey into space it needs to be done in order for us to survive as a species.

“The Earth is just too small and fragile a basket for the human race to keep all its eggs in.”
-Robert Heinlein

“I don’t think the human race will survive the next thousand years, unless we spread into space. There are too many accidents that can befall life on a single planet. But I’m an optimist. We will reach out to the stars.”
-Stephen Hawking

“Since, in the long run, every planetary civilization will be endangered by impacts from space, every surviving civilization is obliged to become spacefaring–not because of exploratory or romantic zeal, but for the most practical reason imaginable: staying alive… If our long-term survival is at stake, we have a basic responsibility to our species to venture to other worlds.”
-Carl Sagan

Launch Your Remains Into Space

June 6th, 2011 | Posted by Gothamghost in Space - (0 Comments)

Over the weekend I was having a discussion about what I would want done with my remains if I were to shuffle off this mortal coil.  I quipped that I would like my remains to be put into space without having any knowledge of whether this was even possible.  I decided to look into it and found a website of a company called Celestis that will do just that.  There are four options to choose from for your space burial.  They range in price and include being put into lunar orbit or even into deep space.  They only put a small amount of your cremated remains into space but it is a nice option for those of us who will more than likely never become astronauts.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

May 5th, 2010 | Posted by Gothamghost in Space - (1 Comments)

If you are interested in astronomy, the universe or anything to do with either then you probably will appreciate a website I found recently supported by NASA. Astronomy Picture of the Day is a pretty cool site to make a daily visit. It isn’t all pictures of the cosmos it also has some cool pictures from right here on Earth like the volcanic eruptions from a couple weeks ago. Below is a sample picture of NGC 1055.