Houston, We Have a Turd

Fans of television's The Big Bang Theory are familiar with the memorable episode where Howard's space toilet, the Wolowitz Space Disposal System, went horribly wrong and threatened to turn into a waste distribution system. As it turns out, such a scenario was more closely grounded in fact, rather than comedic fiction.  In May 1969 Apollo... Continue Reading →

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Major Metric Malfunction Means Missed Mars Mission and Millions of Moolah

Hopes were high when the Mars Climate Orbiter launched from Cape Canaveral on December 11, 1998. The robotic space probe was designed to study the climate, atmosphere, and surface changes of Mars and to act as a communications relay for the Mars Polar Lander. For the next ten months, all went according to plan as... Continue Reading →

Now Free to Pursue E.T.

As of 1991, U.S. citizens are free to pursue contact with extraterrestrial beings or their vehicles without legal repercussions. On July 16, 1969 -- the same day Apollo 11 departed for the moon --  the "Extraterrestrial Exposure Law" (C.F.R. Title 14, Section 1211) was adopted. This law was in response to concerns about contamination that... Continue Reading →

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