If there's something cool to be done aboard the International Space Station, then Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is going to do it. He's already talked to William Shatner, jammed with the Barenaked Ladies, and tweeted a Valentine while in space. Today at 4pm ET he'll be taking questions during a Reddit Ask Me Anything. Our first question: Why you so awesome, Commander Hadfield?
the international space station
The International Space Station is regularly taking a lot of pictures of the planet, which would be kind of creepy if it weren't already so knock-your-socks-off beautiful. This set of time-lapse photos takes a wide-ranging gander at all the lights the Earth has to offer, from city lights to auroras to lightning storms, which when viewed from space look unnervingly like the planet is being invaded by aliens. There are also some pretty spectacular and impressive shots of the sun rising over the planet. If those don't make you want to be in space, man, I don't even know what to say.
This weekend we commented on the information coming out about President Obama's then unrevealed national budget proposal. Well, its Monday, and the cat's out of the bag: the rumors were right.
As we reported on Saturday, the White House's proposal calls for a change in direction on our path to the Universe, canceling the Constellation program, extending the life of the International Space Station, and turning to the private sector to replace the space shuttle.
Join us after the jump for some of the hard numbers.
This Monday, February 1st, President Obama will announce his budget requests for 2010. While of course nothing has been confirmed, there has been enough communication with unnamed "White House insiders, agency officials, industry executives and congressional sources," that both Scientific American and The Orlando Sentinel have articles up regarding the changes. The information as we know it boils down to a few things: