06:31 AM EDT 10/16/2013
Originally posted 09/13/2013 12:45PM
It takes an impressive animal to steal the spotlight from a NASA launch, and one little frog from Virginia managed to do just that.
In a photo captured by one of NASA's remote cameras during last week's launch of the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft, the itty-bitty amphibian is seen illuminated to the left, sailing through the air at almost the same height as the vessel next to it. "The photo team confirms the frog," NASA explained in a caption that accompanied the photo's release. "The condition of the frog, however, is uncertain."
While it's unclear how the critter managed to get from lily pad to launch pad, one theory suggests it may have found its way over from the wildlife refuge that surrounds the Wallops Island Spaceport. The launch pad itself has a pool of water used to suppress noise and protect the pad from damage during launch, so the frog could have simply been resting there at the wrong time.
Originally posted 07/10/2013 10:30AM
When Dexter Walters, 7-year-old science lover from the United Kingdom, wrote to NASA about his wish to travel to Mars one day, he didn't expect a response. But he got one.
NASA officials responded to his sweet and earnest handwritten letter, thrilling Walters and his mother, Katrina Anderson, Fast Company reports.
"I heard that you are sending two people to Mars and I would like to come, but I'm 7 so I can't," Dexter wrote in his letter. "I would like to come in the future. What do I need to do to become an astronaut?"
Originally posted 10/14/2012 04:30PM
Felix Baumgartner has taken history to new heights – literally.
The daredevil skydiver, 43, landed on the ground Sunday after a record-breaking jump from the edge of space about 128,000 feet – that's more than 24 miles – above the Earth, becoming the first person to break the sound barrier sans the safeguard of a vehicle.
Supported by NASA alum and aircraft designers from the Red Bull Stratos team, Baumgartner free-fell, at one point hitting Mach 1.24 – or 834 mph – before he opened his parachute and glided to safety in Roswell, N.M.
Originally posted 08/17/2012 09:20AM
Britney's fans are out of this world – literally!
Spears, whose 2000 music video for the song "Oops! … I Did It Again" took place on Mars, has Tweeted at NASA's rover Curiosity, which landed on the Red Planet Aug. 5.
"So @MarsCuriosity... does Mars look the same as it did in 2000?" the X Factor judge posted on Twitter this week.
And the rover, which has already started to send images back to NASA and reportedly has a nuclear battery and a laser that can vaporize rock, wrote back!
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