Apollo AR Clock & Saturn V AR Metal Model Launches on Kickstarter

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Gravitation Innovation just launched their Kickstarter campaign for their latest clock called the ‘Apollo AR’ and rocket model ‘SaturnV’. The augmented reality clock and lifelike metal model that launched today has $3,800 pledged of $10,000 goal with 34 days to go left of their Kickstarter campaign.

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New Scientist Magazine Launches New Expert-Led Discovery Tours

Have you ever wanted a unique travel or tour experience based on science or technology? New Scientist, the world’s leading science and technology magazine, has launched its new “Discovery Tours” that incorporate a range of scientific themes including astronomy, wildlife, volcanology, space travel, particle physics and pre-historic culture. The 2020 and 2012 program of science-inspired travel experiences led by a science expert is now available to book. The highlights include tracking snow leopards in the Himalayas, discovering the origins of humankind in ancient caves in Spain, exploring dark matter at CERN in Switzerland and many more global locations.

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Submission to Put Your Name on Mars Ends TODAY

TODAY is the last day to enter your name to be put on Mars during NASA’s November 2018 exploration. Continue Reading →

Buzz Aldrin’s ShareSpace Foundation Awards Giant Destination Mars Map™ to Space Foundation

discoverymEarlier this month President Obama announced they have set a clear goal vital to the next chapter of America’s story in space. The main goal is sending humans to Mars by the 2030s and returning them safely to Earth, with the ambition to one day remain there for an extended time.

Per Obama getting to Mars will require continued cooperation between government and private innovators and believes we are already well on our way. He also stated that within the next two years, private companies will for the first time send astronauts to the International Space Station.

One of the many questions about Mars exploration is do we have a realistic map of Mars. Though we don’t have a highly detailed map what we do have is a 25 by 25 foot Giant Destination Mars Map™ that is located at the Space Foundation‘s Lockheed Martin Space Education Center located in the Discovery Center.  The Giant Destination Mars Map™ depicts the Mars MOLA image, which measures the elevation of the surface features of Mars, and it includes the landing locations of NASA Mars robots.

Currently the Space Foundation, in conjunction with the Mars Robotics Laboratory, is using the Giant Destination Mars Map™ for research to cover topics on map reading, latitude/longitude comprehension, topographical map comprehension, mission planning, spatial awareness, scale models and other Mars-related lessons. Within the next two years, private companies will for the first time send astronauts to the International Space Station.

Like a geek I love anything about space, I could watch hours of documentaries on the topic. I’m am stoked on the progress we are making to one day visit Mars as an American citizen regardless if we are astronauts or not.  We are in exciting times, if only we could figure out beaming my life would be complete.

Below is the Official Press Release with more information on the Giant Destination Mars Map™. Enjoy! Continue Reading →