Chris Hatherill

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When Astronomers Chased a Total Eclipse in a Concorde

In the 1970s, a small group of astronomers used the first prototype of the Concorde to pursue a total eclipse across the Sahara at twice the speed of sound.
Chris Hatherill
3.9.16
Motherboard Blog

Patrick Moore Was the Forrest Gump of the Space Age: Watch His Greatest Hits

For over fifty years, Patrick Moore was the very British face of the space age – an eccentric, monocle-wearing, xylophone-playing mix of Carl Sagan, Jack Horkheimer and Walter Cronkite.
Chris Hatherill
12.10.12
Motherboard Blog

At the Institute for Interstellar Studies, Researchers Unite to Conquer Deep Space



For six decades, warring factions of space nerds have toiled away on various plans for heading out into deep space to explore the stars.
Chris Hatherill
9.17.12
New York

The 9/11 Memorial on Mars

Of all the tributes to the victims of 9/11 – from the small and personal to the national and epic – few will prove as enduring as the one created by JPL and employees at Honeybee Robotics: two small pieces of the World Trade Center towers currently...
Chris Hatherill
9.11.12
Motherboard Blog

From Park Avenue to the Surface of Mars

NASA-loving artist Tom Sachs’ new show at the Park Avenue Armory will see a team of thirteen attractive astronauts simulating a mission to the red planet using low-fi bricolaged components manufactured by the artist to take them to the surface and back...
Chris Hatherill
5.18.12
Motherboard

The Galactic Matter We Can't Find is Locked in a Dark Web

Researchers in Japan reckon they've pinpointed some of the missing dark matter that should be all over the universe. It turns out it's, uh, all over the universe – specifically in a massive web woven far out beyond the observable edge of each galaxy...
Chris Hatherill
2.13.12
Motherboard Blog

Voyagers Detect Long-Lost Signal From Our Own Galaxy

Chalk up yet another achievement for NASA's Voyager probes.
Chris Hatherill
12.5.11
Motherboard Blog

Energy-Saving Meat

When we first heard about lab-grown meat we were totally like "awh, fuck, dude, that's totally gross" but after sitting down to chat with Mark Post, Professor of Vascular Physiology at Maastrich University and Chairman of the Dutch Society of...
Chris Hatherill
11.22.11
Motherboard

The World's Largest, Most Complex Telescope Opens Its Eyes for the First Time

The world’s newest, largest and most complicated telescope is now officially open for astronomy. Located high in the deserts of Chile, the European Southern Observatory’s Atacama Large Millimetre/sub-millimetre Array (ALMA)
Chris Hatherill
10.3.11
Motherboard Blog

The End of Time... and Back

Like the Eames' "Powers of Ten":http://www.powersof10.com on meth (and slightly more educational), _The Known Universe_ takes you from the earth to the far reaches of time and space, mapping every known satellite, star and galaxy all the way out to...
Chris Hatherill
6.1.11
Motherboard Blog

The Most Complete 3D Map of Our Local Universe is a 380 Light Light-Years-Wide Connect the Dots

Astronomers Unveil Best-Ever 3D Map of the Universe
Chris Hatherill
5.26.11
Motherboard Blog

The Surprisingly Long, Wonderful Life of the Mars Spirit Rover (2004 - 2011)

After 2695 of our earth days on the surface of Mars, NASA's Spirit rover has been given the metaphorical golden watch, farewell speech and "way to go buddy" pats on the back that mark "the end":http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2011-156&cid...
Chris Hatherill
5.25.11
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