We Need a New Vocabulary to Talk About the Human Future in Space
If humans want to expand beyond Earth in an optimal way, we’ll need novel language to keep pace with novel technologies.
An Afternoon With the World’s Most Powerful Rocket Booster
This week, in middle-of-nowhere Utah, a NASA contractor tested the rocket booster that will get future astronauts to deep space. I went.
"Just Ask Anybody": Searching for Match-Fixing in Minor League Tennis
If you want to understand why professional tennis is vulnerable to corruption and match-fixing, spend some time with the sport's underpaid minor leaguers.
The Challenger Disaster’s Minority Report
Richard Feynman was the renegade of the Rogers Commission.
GIF Six-Pack: Letters That Move (You)
Adam Osgood, Chris Piascik, Sanfok, and others design the dropcaps of the future.
You Can Sample Sounds from NASA's Soundcloud Now (Just Don't Pull a Beyoncé)
Welcome to the space jam.
How Challenger Exploded, and Other Mistakes Were Made
Torrents of big data can't stop mistakes—sometimes they make them more likely. The tragedy of Challenger, as with G.M. and others, was that some people had tried to stop it.
Hollywood's Unreality: Challenger And The Unfortunate Timing of 'Space Camp'
Pity Hollywood. When art imitates life -- like in the September 12th-and-every-day-after film _Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close_ -- everyone misinterprets it as exploitative and manipulative and "demands":http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan...
The Bright Yellow Asterisk: A Recollection of the Challenger Disaster
January, 1987. I stood alone 167 feet above the launch pad’s surface. I was staring into the open, small, white room. At the other end was an open doorway and beyond it was the blue expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. Between me and that 167 foot drop, the...
Was Space Shuttle Challenger a Casualty of Bad Data Visualization?
The U.S. is no stranger to the collapse of complex systems. But two decades before the break-up of Space Shuttle Columbia, the Deepwater Horizon blowout, and Fukashima Daiichi, America witnessed the Challenger disaster on January 28, 1986, and saw...
NASA Needs To Relearn How To Roll The Dice
NASA used to take risks. It used to occasionally throw caution to the wind and just go for broke on some pretty dangerous missions. In short, and to be slightly crude, NASA used to have balls.
Amy Shira Teitel
NASA's Documentary About the Challenger Disaster
This 30 minute documentary by NASA chronicles the history of Space Shuttle Challenger, and explains why it exploded some 70 seconds after lift off. It illustrates just how amazingly meticulous NASA's documentation and analysis is, at least after the...