Aug 132014

Leroy Chiao

In a short Q&A interview with Forbes Magazine, Chinese-American astronaut Leroy Chiao advocates embracing China, rather than shunning it, in the new space race to Mars . He also talks about the recent spying charges USA and China are batting back and forth and what that should mean wrt better cooperation in space.

Leroy also touches on the current Russia/USA relations and gives a little insight into the impact it’s having on the shared space exploration efforts onboard the International Space Station.

I totally agree with Leroy on the China+USA collaboration to get to Mars. We’re both highly motivated countries regarding space exploration. China in particular may be willing to foot more of the $$$/RMB cost if there’s more sharing of technology between us. I think we stand a better chance of pulling off this huge effort working together, rather than in isolation.

Head on over to Forbes for the interview.

Check out Leroy’s personal site with videos he’s appeared in, links to his op-eds and more.

 Posted by at 9:43 am
Jul 302014

As the climate warms and sea ice retreats, the North is changing. An ice-covered expanse now has a season of increasingly open water that is predicted to extend across the whole Arctic Ocean before the middle of this century. Storms thus have the potential to create Arctic swell – huge waves that could add a new and unpredictable element to the region.

A University of Washington researcher made the first study of waves in the middle of the Arctic Ocean, and detected house-sized waves during a September 2012 storm. The results were recently published in Geophysical Research Letters.

“As the Arctic is melting, it’s a pretty simple prediction that the additional open water should make waves,” said lead author Jim Thomson, an oceanographer with the UW Applied Physics Laboratory.

Read the rest of the article from University of Washington, originally reported by Hannah Hickey

 Posted by at 8:40 am
Jul 292014


Klingons, Andorians and Vulcans will be joined by humans as fans from around the world beam into Las Vegas on July 31-August 3 for the world’s largest Star Trek Convention.   This decade long tradition in Las Vegas, is expecting over 15,000 attendees to convene at The Rio Suites Hotel.

With over 105 celebrities making appearances over four days, Creation Entertainment is putting on the biggest Star Trek convention yet. Besides all the great actors and actresses, they’re hosting themed parties at night including Saturday night the Nevada Pops Orchestra will be on hand for a Salute to the Music of Star Trek.

NASA is hosting two panels on the topics of “Living in a Crowded Universe” on the findings that we’re not the only solar system in the universe and “To Boldly Go” which addresses NASA’s vision for deep space exploration.

Tickets are available, you can get them at the door or online @

 Posted by at 6:05 pm
Jul 292014

I’m pleased to let you know that Randy Jennings will be providing coverage for from the Star Trek convention this week hosted by Creation Entertainment in Las Vegas. He’s our beat writer on the convention floor.

Check out Randy’s blog for some great photos and descriptions of past events. Also, you’ll want to see his write-up of the ‘Destination Star Trek in Germany‘ event from last February.

Good luck on the convention floor, Randy, and just one special request….if you see any Gorn, my brother Pat would love to see those pics :)

 Posted by at 1:18 pm