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Humans Have Landed Spacecraft On These Seven Celestial Bodies

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rosettaOn Wednesday, the European Space Agency’s Philae lander made history by being the first spacecraft to land on a comet. Comet 69P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is now the seventh celestial body humans have touched. What are the others? I’m glad you asked because we’re about to run through the list.

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Remote-Controlled Space Robots Will Work Better When They Can See The Future

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While remote-controlled robots are awesome and can do loads of tasks that are too difficult and dangerous for humans, there’s still the problem of time delay. The further away the robot, the longer the lag, which means that space rovers are affected most of all. By the time a warning message travels through space, one of our precious rovers could conceivably be at the bottom of a crater or a probe might be nestled in the arms of an alien (okay, that would be pretty cool). To address these concerns, the good folks at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have been working on a predictive system that will make robot space exploration faster and safer.

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Neil Patrick Harris Abducted By Puppet Aliens, Demands To Be Probed

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Neil Patrick Harris is one of those things in life that everyone with a shred of humanity should love unabashedly, like The Shawshank Redemption or pie. But here’s a thing you might not know about NPH: he’s got puppets in the brain. Or on the brain. There are puppets and there is his brain, and both of them are sort of mixed up like a casserole, is what I’m trying to say. Your average Joe or Jane with puppets on the brain would consult their physician, be diagnosed with a brain tumor, and start making their bucket list. Neil Patrick Harris skipped all that stupid in-between stuff and instead decided to make a web series about how he has puppets on the brain.

Neil’s Puppet Dreams is a charming little web series featured on the Nerdist YouTube Channel. The concept is simple: Neil Patrick Harris is a narcoleptic, and when he falls asleep, he dreams about puppets. In the latest installment, Neil’s car trouble is interrupted by a trio of poop-looking extraterrestrials who prove surprisingly resistant to Neil’s request for a good probing. It’s ever-so-slightly NSFW