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Material: An Index for the Future

Material collects new forms of living. To produce concepts for future use, Material embraces instability, indexing happenings and lifestyles that reflect experimentation, exploration, conflict, and the mutations of everyday life. Why “Material”? We mean Material as in material world and also as in raw material. It means we look at things from a materialist perspective: […]

Why Do Beverage Companies Keep Sending Shit Into Space?

by William Rauscher Red Bull. Jose Cuervo. Ardbeg Whiskey. Pocari Sweat. What do these four large beverage companies have in common? They’re all part of a new wave of grand-scaled stunt marketing that uses outer space as a billboard. Red Bull sent skydiver Felix Baumgartner to the edge of the Earth’s atmosphere and had him […]

From an Abandoned McDonald’s, Space Pirates Hijack a Satellite

by William Rauscher In the spring of 2014, former NASA employee Keith Cowing and a crew of volunteers successfully hijacked the ISEE-3, a NASA spacecraft in solar orbit launched in 1978. Operating independently from NASA, the “citizen scientist” crew adopted a “spacecraft for all” approach, carrying out a space mission that was entirely crowd-funded and […]

Mars for Everyone: The HiRise Imaging Project

For ages, our stereotypical image of Mars has been a red desert: both the ancient Egyptian and Indian names, for example, refer to the planet’s red coloring, which stems from a extremely thin veneer of surface dust. An ongoing project of NASA and the University of Arizona, The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRise) reveals […]

How Private Industry is Winning the Space Race

by William Rauscher Why did Columbus travel west? Why did Marco Polo head east? Because it is that pull, that unknown, that prospect of adventure that compels humans to seek new frontiers to explore. —MarsOne Manifesto Private enterprise is changing outer space. As NASA moves from an organization that travels to space to one that […]

Space Junk: Souvenirs From the Final Frontier

These days obtaining your own special piece of space history is no sweat: you can find second-hand space junk in resale venues like auctions, eBay listings and garage sales. A Russian spacesuit, a bit of Astro-food, a mixtape from Apollo, or an incomprehensible grey box with an LCD screen, all are up on the chopping […]

Eye in the Sky: Live Stream of Planet Earth

On April 18th, 2014, a new experiment called the High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) was installed in the International Space Station, after being delivered by the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft. HDEV consists of four commercial HD video cameras that provide uninterrupted streaming footage of planet Earth viewed from stationary orbit. This real-time eye in the sky […]

NASAgram: Space Goes Social

The cosmos is a busy place: thanks to the public-relations efforts of NASA’s social media department we can participate in NASA’s efforts to explore, utilize and colonize space more than ever before, encountering otherworldly images of space in feeds more known for selfies, dinner pics, and photo bombs. At the same time, the NASA Instagram […]