space-colony-2000As we close the book on the final U.S. space shuttle mission ever, it’s heartbreaking to watch NASA videos from the groovy 1970s, a time of incredible optimism regarding the final frontier in the aftermath of humankind’s first walk on the moon. Preliminary plans and concepts were being outlined for self-sustaining space colonies where people could live and work. A space station called Taurus would be home to 10,000 people, with dairy farms, manufacturing, vegetation, solar power stations… and then somewhere along the way we became sidetracked.

When we look up at the night sky we see millions of  twinkling stars. But how many planets are we not seeing? Astronomers’ new study has found that ‘Jupiter-like gas giants’ are…

Did you know that some planets spin backwards? A new study reveals the so called hot Jupiters, reported via Reuters: Some planets are just flipping backward. Of the more than 500 planets…

Move over PBS: YouTube/Google funded this very cool and very free movie about the beginning of spaceflight, with today being exactly 50 years since Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space.

You can download the movie or watch it on YouTube.

From the official First Orbit site:

April 12th 1961 – Yuri Gagarin is about to see what no other person has seen in the history of
humanity – the Earth from space…

The New York Times reports: Ebay and other Web sites pulse with hundreds of sales pitches. “The pieces below have an exceptional patina,” a site called said of 10 pictured fragments….