NASA Making Patents Available To Entrepreneurs

NASA has announced it’s startup initiative that will open up around 1,200 patents to US based companies to commercialize with no upfront costs.

This is great news for both the private space industry and the consumer products and technology space. Since 2001, roughly 50 NASA inventions have been introduced into our daily lives per year.

From home theater systems, air purifiers and water bottles to smartphone apps to help you sleep better. NASA inventions have been used to create great products for consumers for years.

That technology is about to get even easier to access than ever before and it’s great news for both entrepreneurs and NASA.

First Photographs Of A Planet Forming

Astronomers have identified nearly 2,000 planets outside of our Solar System, but we’ve never witnessed the birth and formation of new planets until now.

Leveraging Arizona’s Large Binocular Telescope and the Magellan Telescope in Chile, astronomers were able to get images of this emerging exoplanet for the very first time.

Orbiting a star known as LkCa15, this planet is forming 450 light years away from Earth.

Walking In Space

“There’s nothing,” she says. “No structure in your view and you just see the Earth and I’m up there, and even though I’ve got probably 50 handrails all around me that I can hang onto and I’ve got a hook, a big hook from my waist to structure so I know I’m not going anywhere, it was still one of those breathtaking moments where it was like, ‘Whoa.'” – Tracy Dyson, Expedition 23 Flight Engineer

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to ‘Walk’ in space, NPR has you covered with For The Record: Walking in Space. It’s a great retelling of the spacewalks experienced by astronauts Tracy Dyson, Terry Virts and Luca Parmitano.

Daily Time-Lapse of Earth From Deep Space

NASA has launched a page which is updated each day with a time-lapse of Earth from the DSCOVR satellite that is orbiting at the Lagrangian point 1,500,000 kilometers away.

DSCOVR is a satellite that hitched a ride on a SpaceX rocket earlier this year and orbits in deep space while monitoring solar winds, coronal mass ejections and other solar activity. Pretty photographs of Earth are a bonus.

It is the first satellite to orbit our planet from deep space and provides an early warning system for solar storms.

Rare Lunar Eclipse Supermoon This Weekend

Cross your fingers for good stargazing conditions in your area this weekend.

On September 27th we will be treated to the first total lunar eclipse supermoon to occur since 1982. A super blood moon. Sound ominous? It’s harmless. But it’ll be awesome to witness.

This will be just the 6th time this type of lunar event has occurred since 1900. No worries if you miss it this weekend. Maybe you’ll catch it the next time it occurs in the year 2033.

On second thought, a lot can happen between now and 2033 so I suggest you see it if you have the opportunity to do so.

Take a moment to appreciate just how awesome our universe is while doing so.

NASA Administrator Calls Out Congress

We are the country that kissed the moon. We’re the country that’s roving Mars. We’re the country that continues to reach new horizons, including most recently, Pluto. We ought be able to get our own astronauts to space.

But we can’t. Instead we pay Russia hundreds of millions of dollars for the privilege.

Former United States Marine Corps. Major General and NASA Astronaut Charles Bolden, the 12th administrator of NASA, has called out Congress for the ridiculously shortsighted way in which it funds NASA.

I encourage everyone to read his open letter to congress which was published today by Wired.

Think the Moon Landings Were Faked?

Conspiracy nuts never cease to amaze me but Professor Brian Cox sums up the situation quite nicely on Twitter…

This could also apply to 9/11 conspiracies, birthers, and many others. Get a new brain indeed.