Here's our staff recommendations for the must-see panels at Comic-Con 2014.
"Damn you. Damn you all to Hell!" —Ken Ham to Aliens.
Pack it up, NASA. Even if we find intelligent life out there in the universe, it can't be converted to Christianity, so you know, why even bother? What else could it possibly do for us? At least, that's what Ken Ham thinks, because the Bible, or something. Also maybe don't bother looking for intelligent life at Ken Ham's house.
Insights into space and time not included.
This CUSOO LEGO Hubble Space Telescope design already has over 5,000 supporters, but considering the scientific achievements that a set like this would commemorate, I suspect that number might increase. Although good luck getting the Ultra Deep Field to work properly--it's hard to make awesome space porn when you're stuck on Earth.
We come in peace for all nerdkind.
I've never known our moon without footprints on it, but my mom speaks reverently about watching the Eagle touch down. It was the day after she turned nine years old, and her father -- my grandfather -- had worked on orbital mechanics for the Apollo program. This day fills me with pride for both my family and my species. When we put our minds to it, we are capable of achieving wondrous things.
One giant leap for rover kind?
Getting humans to Mars is a goal NASA and other organizations hope to achieve in the near future, but what will we do when we get there? Why not drive around a bit? NASA has just the vehicle for the job with its omni-drive rover. It even has suit-ports so astronauts can hop out and check things out up close. I guess my only question is, hey NASA, can I borrow your car?
Despite warnings to attempt no landing there.
Europa is one of the strongest possibilities for finding alien life within our solar system, so it's no surprise that NASA would want to explore it. The good news is that some members of congress think such a mission could benefit us Earthlings economically, which is good for its standing amid budget cuts.
NASA apparently also has time travel capability?
Yesterday was the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch that sent Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins to the Moon. That mission was one of the greatest achievements in human history, and you can experience it in "real" time thanks to NASA Archivist Liz Suckow. She's "live tweeting" the entire mission.
"Yes, I was wondering how soon before Mac and Me is real?" -- #AskNASA
Today at 2:00PM ET leading scientists and engineers from NASA and elsewhere will discuss the possibility of life beyond Earth and what the agency is doing to search for planets that might host it. You can watch live right here when the event begins, and you can submit questions on social media using the hashtag #AskNASA.
Assuming you don't have plans to drive to Virginia.
Sunday is the latest in a series of scheduled and rescheduled launch dates for Orbital Science's Antares rocket and Cygnus capsule mission to send supplies to the International Space Station. The launch keeps being pushed back because of weather, and the current launch time is 12:52PM ET. Here's how to watch.
Citizen Scientsits Still Doing Science With ISEE-3 Satellite Despite Its Inability to Return to Earth’s Orbit [UPDATED]
Be brave up there, little guy.
Not long ago, we were excited to hear that the crowdfunded campaign for every day people to take control of NASA's long-defunct ISEE-3 satellite had made contact with the lonely metal space explorer. Unfortunately, it turns out that in space, while someone may be able to hear you scream (or communicate electronically), that doesn't mean they can turn your propulsion systems back on, and that means ISEE-3 will have to continue doing science with us from afar.