Thursday, May 24th, 2012
“Beam me up, Scotty.” *
Even if you’re too young to know where the catchphrase came from, you’ve at least overheard it during a jokester’s misplaced zing. As many of us know, it was the phrase known to be uttered by Star Trek‘s Captain Kirk as he commanded his chief engineer, Montgomery ‘Scotty’ Scott, to transport him to the Starship Enterprise from some alien planet.
It seems fitting then, that there wasn’t just cargo, air, and entrepreneurial dreams aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Rocket this past Tuesday. As it turns out, James Doohan – who played Scotty on Star Trek – went along for the ride with 307 others. Only, they weren’t alive.
Monday, April 2nd, 2012
Let’s take a break from science fact for a minute to get behind the scenes of a whole new world for the UrtheCast blog — science fiction.
Recently, we decided to pick the brain of Dr. Kevin Grazier, former NASA scientist and science advisor on television programs such as Battlestar Galactica and Eureka, in order to peer further into the world of sci-fi. First off, why exactly does sci-fi (and space in particular) intrigue us so much?
Friday, February 10th, 2012
Science truth can just be as cool as science fiction. (Still waiting on that Holodeck development, by the way.) This week’s space mini-series will look at the some of the best technology used on Earth — the technology originally developed for space travel and exploration. Here you have some of the most significant technologies — life-saving and earth-saving — made possible by space technology: