Kerbal Space Program to get children as well as Kerbals into space
More details have been announced for KerbalEdu, the educational version of Kerbal Space Program's sandbox space flight sim.
The game sees players constructing spacecraft to launch the little green Kerbals into space as part of the titular Kerbal Space Program.
Propulsion systems, thrusters, aerodynamic design, power generation and docking capabilities, return trips and so on all need to be considered by the player otherwise you have to go through the hearbreak of stranding your Kerbals in space (telling yourself you will one day return to rescue them) or seeing them consumed in a catastrophic rocket malfunction.
LEGO launches Mars Curiosity; Plus! Five toy brick spacecraft awaiting liftoff
NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has landed in LEGO's toy catalog and is now available for order.
The fifth in a line of fan-created, LEGO-produced building kits, the six-wheeled science laboratory could be followed by the now Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft, Hubble Space Telescope, or other space-themed kits, if the public votes for them online.
The 295-piece "NASA Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover" is now for sale for $29.95 through the Danish toy company's webshop. Created and suggested by engineer Stephen Pakbaz, who worked on the real Curiosity before its launch to the Red Planet, the model faithfully recreates many of the actual car-size rover's features, including its "rocker-bogie" suspension.
Mars Attacks! 75 years ago, 'War of the Worlds' broadcast put nation in a panic
Bob Sanders was in Grovers Mill when Martians invaded the Jersey town — 75 years ago today.
"William Dock saw the water tower in the moonlight, thought it was a spacecraft," recalls Sanders, now 81 and a lifelong resident of the West Windsor hamlet. "He took a couple shots at it with his double-barreled shotgun."
The town was in a tizzy. The nation was in a panic. Murderous Martians had invaded Earth, their unlikely first landfall Grovers Mill, outside Princeton.
"We sat down and listened to it on the radio," Sanders says of "The War of the Worlds'' broadcast on Oct. 30, 1938. "Some of the local people put their families in their cars and drove out of town."
Last Days On Mars: Blood, Gore and Bacteria
The first manned mission to Mars will be gritty, dangerous and, potentially, miserable for the crew. Despite the thrill of the awe inspiring adventure and discovery, the crew will need to be a very special bunch, fending off life-threatening situations while still carrying out science and completing mission objectives.
In a new trailer released for an upcoming sci-fi movie starring Liev Schreiber (of “X-Men” and “Ray Donovan” fame), the “true” horror of a mission to Mars is depicted, with a twist. In what appears to be the last day of the first manned mission to the Martian surface, a band of astronauts are preparing to come home.
A comic about the first generation of children born on Mars—and what we might become, together, if we have the courage to try. In 2051 AD, when a war between the United States and China plunges two peaceful Martian colonies into a miniature cold war, it's up to the first generation of children born on Mars to restore peace to their planet and set a positive example for Earth.
Poetry Heading To Mars Aboard NASA’s MAVEN Spacecraft
NASA will launch more than 1,100 haiku to Mars aboard the MAVEN spacecraft later this year. The haiku are part of a contest that was sponsored by the University of Colorado and aimed at getting the public more interest in space.
Contestants were asked to “submit haiku poetry relating to NASA’s upcoming MAVEN mission to Mars,” per the university’s website. The MAVEN mission, which launches in November, is setting out to find out why the Red Planet lost its protective atmosphere, reports Discovery News. Scientists generally believe that Mars was once much like Earth. However, something happened to turn it from a lush, water world into a dry, cold desert.
A comic about the first generation of children born on Mars—and what we might become, together, if we have the courage to try.
"Someday Mars will have its own Laura Ingalls Wilder to tell the tale of growing up on the new frontier. But with 'Generation One: Children of Mars,' we can experience some of that story now. It's going to be great."
—Dr. Robert Zubrin, Mars Society President and author of "The Case for Mars"
Life on Mars is a tabletop storygame where we explore what it might be like aboard the first manned mission to mars.
We start simple, choosing a name and role for our crew members. Each turn we move to a place on the ship and describe a little snapshot of their lives. When we arrive on Mars, the board unfolds revealing more opportunities to discover who we are, how we relate, and how life on Mars changes us.
Life on Mars is for 2-4 players and plays in a single 2-3 hour session.
Mattel's Astronaut Barbie becomes a Mars Explorer with help from NASA
A new collaboration between NASA and Mattel, the largest toy company in the world, is turning the Red Planet a tad more pink.
"Mars Explorer Barbie," a new spacesuited version of the iconic fashion doll, officially launched on Monday (Aug. 5), to coincide with the first anniversary of NASA's Curiosity rover landing on Mars. Mars Explorer Barbie is packaged with a cardboard cutout of the six-wheeled Mars Science Laboratory, decked out in pink.
Win a Copy of Buzz Aldrin’s Book, Mission to Mars
Buzz Aldrin, celebrated Apollo astronaut and an outspoken champion for the pursuit of space exploration, is on a mission. He has written a new book titled “Mission to Mars.” While the title focuses on Mars, the book covers much more. Buzz lays out his goals for the space program and how he believes we can get humans to Mars by the 2030s. He makes the case and argues passionately for pushing our boundaries of knowledge and exploration of our solar system and presents his “unified space vision.” He emphasizes space exploration should not be a competition, but with cooperation a stronger path to a sustainable future in space could be forged.
Irish science fiction flick makes it into Cannes Directors’ Fortnight
The Irish Times
The films competing in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes were announced today. Irish interest emerges in the form of Ruairi Robinson’s Last Days on Mars. You may recognise that name. A decade ago, Ruairi received an Oscar nomination for his superb animated short Fifty Percent Grey (see below). His debut feature stars Liev Schreiber and Romola Garai in the tale of a perilous mission to the red planet. Adapted from a story by Sydney J Bounds, the picture, partly financed by the Irish Film Board, features visual effects from a team based at Screen Scene in Dublin.
Gary Busey auditions for the Mars reality show on 'Kimmel'
When news broke that there was going to be a reality show where people traveled to Mars to establish a human settlement in 2023, lots of people joked about who they would want to send up there. Well, Jimmy Kimmel has a suggestion. On his show last night, Kimmel showed the ”first official video application” for the Mars program. Wearing a tin foil hat, a shirt with the word Mars on it, and a purple cape, Gary Busey hummed and danced around a miniature solar system, claiming he should be one of the lucky few that gets to go to Mars… because he’s been there before.
MISSION TO MARS: My Vision for Space Exploration
In a new book from National Geographic, celebrated astronaut and bestselling author Buzz Aldrin boldly advocates continuing exploration of our solar system. In MISSION TO MARS: My Vision for Space Exploration (National Geographic Books; ISBN 978-1-4262-1017-4; on sale May 7; hardcover), by Buzz Aldrin and Leonard David, Aldrin lays out his goals for the space program and how he believes we can get humans to Mars by the 2030s, a vision shared by President Obama and one that is fortified by private industry and international cooperation.
In the book, which includes a foreword by Aldrin’s son Andrew, Aldrin makes the case and argues passionately for pushing our boundaries of knowledge and exploration of our solar system and presents his “unified space vision.” Aldrin discusses the history of space flight, including a reflective, not nostalgic, look at the people, technologies and steps that were taken to accomplish America’s Apollo moon landings, and plots a course of future exploration. He says “Do not put NASA astronauts on the moon. They have other places to go.” And he emphasizes that the path forward is not a competition; we cannot restart an engine to rerun a race we previously won. This is a controversial notion that causes significant division among astronauts.