In case you haven't noticed, I backed away from space exploration writing and podcasting for more or less 2 years now. I found myself getting bogged down in bad politics, disappointing announcements and overall negativity. I spent all my time asking "why?". When trying to do something that's really really hard like create a private... Continue Reading →
Right around the first of the year we were sitting around a table at a Chinese restaurant and Gary says “We need a vision, a "wow factor" at our conference. What if we get Google Glass and have you wear it while you’re there? Then we can give it away on Friday night!” Many brilliant... Continue Reading →
The size of moons, planets, stars and the universe is almost impossible to imagine. Here's a really great visualization to wrap your mind around it a little better. After watching it, how does it make you feel?
Planetary exploration not only brings us astonishing discoveries from other worlds, it inherently leads to innovation, because we invest in solving problems which have never been solved before. That in turn creates new businesses and economic growth. But more importantly, supporting a robust space program raises everyone's expectation of what's possible. With a space program,... Continue Reading →
It's near the end of 2012 and it's been sort of a "meh" year for space exploration. What is the most exciting thing you're looking forward to in 2013?
Since meeting William Pomerantz in 2009, I've been covering the Google Lunar X PRIZE. I've been to two team summits (which media aren't really invited to), done countless interviews, many podcasts, researched the hidden rooms of the Smithsonian Archives, and fought hard to get teams to tell their human story. I've grown friendships with many... Continue Reading →
"Aut inveniam viam aut faciam" is Latin for "I shall either find a way or make one." We're about a third of the way through our Firefly Kickstarter project. The idea is simple: We want everyone to be able to do some science and exploration. Students Hackers Small startups Garage Inventors HAM Radio operators "Firefly"... Continue Reading →
I've spent the last few days reading the Omni Magazines from 1978 and 1979. All of them in fact. I'm struck by something: we're still talking about most of these same ideas as things for the future... In those magazines, there are spaceships in your garage. Critisisms of NASA's inability to attract a younger crowd. Ray... Continue Reading →
Unless you've been trapped underground this week, you've probably heard that some billionaires are planning to mine some asteroids. Well, they are planning to launch a telescope in a few years, and then mine the some asteroids. Probably. You know, in the future. But Larry and Sergey are behind it, so there's that. This is exactly... Continue Reading →