Entries in Space (21)
I bet you've never seen the annual Geminid meteor shower like this before. The awe-inspiring video was created by filmmaker and photographer Henry Jun Wah Lee, who clearly has an eye for beauty.
Lee camped out under the stars in Joshua Tree National Park for three nights during last year's meteor shower to create the video.
Feeling festive? Show the residents of the International Space Station some holiday cheer -- and boredom-breaking humanity -- by sending them a holiday e-card!
If you're not the e-card type, head over to Twitter to send a Season's Tweetings message. (Yes, NASA went there.)
Just think: Your words will be read in space -- or by some intern in Houston.
Spending months aboard the lonely International Space Station can get boring. That's where an astronaut's creativity comes in to play.
Check out Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa playing one-man zero-gravity baseball. As a huge baseball fan, Furukawa loves to play--even if he has to pitch, bat and catch.
If you, like every other kid in America, once dreamed of becoming a NASA astronaut, your time has finally arrived.
NASA announced yesterday that it is accepting applications for the agency's next class of the Astronaut Candidate Program.
NASA will accept applications through January 27, 2012. After applicant interviews and evaluations, the agency expects to announce the final selections in 2013. Training will begin that summer.
Qualified individuals can submit their applications through the federal government's USAJobs.gov website. Those selected will be among the first to pioneer a new generation of commercial launch vehicles and travel aboard a new heavy-lift rocket to distant destinations in deep space.
"For 50 years, American astronauts have led the exploration of our solar system," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a press release. "Today we are getting a glimpse of why that will remain true for the next half-century. Make no mistake about it, human space flight is alive and well at NASA."
To qualify, you need a bachelor's degree in engineering, science or math and three years of relevant professional experience. But be forewarned: successful applicants frequently have significant qualifications in engineering or science or extensive experience flying high-performance jet aircraft. Educators teaching kindergarten through 12th grade with these minimimum degree requirements also are encouraged to apply.
To apply, visit the NASA website here.