"Bad Piggies" is coming Sept. 27 to Mac OS X, iOS and Android. Windows 8 and other PC versions will arrive "soon after," the company said on Facebook.Continue »
(CBS News) Are we alone? That question has plagued scientists and space enthusiasts for generations. The release of Ridley Scott's "Prometheus," which opens nationwide Friday, may reignite questions about life beyond the boundaries of our galaxy.
The film marks the legendary director's return of the to the science fiction genre. Scott directed the 1979 film "Alien," which pit protagonist Ellen Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver, against one of the most iconic extraterrestrial antagonists of all time, the titular alien.Continue »
"After a giant claw kidnaps their eggs, the Angry Birds chase it into a wormhole and find themselves floating in a strange new galaxy - surrounded by space pigs! Luckily the Angry Birds have super powers of their own," reads the App Store description.Continue »
(CBS) - Everyone's talking to Apple iPhone 4S's personal assistant Siri and posting their favorite exchanges. From witty banter to borderline insults, Siri has us fascinated.
While we've become lunatics who obsessively talk to electronic devices, Siri remains as cool as a cucumber.Continue »
(CBS) - Ever wonder how it feels to fly over planet Earth? Unless you're an astronaut, Superman or the Green Lantern, this is as close as you'll get.
This time-lapse video was captured by a camera mounted in front of the International Space Station as it orbited Earth at night.Continue »
(CBS) - If you're a fan of The Colbert Report, you're aware that Mr. Stephen Colbert has a thing for space travel.
Well, MakerBot Industries, a company that specializes in creating 3D printers for do-it-yourselfers, brought him one step closer after launching a model of his head into outer space via weather balloon.Continue »
(CBS) Since its first launch in 1985, Atlantis has accomplished quite a lot in its lifetime. The shuttle has carried more than a dozen satellites into orbit, been a launching point for probes to Venus and Jupiter, and helped build the International Space Station. But as we watch Atlantis' last voyage I think it's appropriate to look back at one other notable moment in this shuttle's history: when Atlantis carried into orbit a special payload for CBS News.
In 2009 I was a summer intern at CBS News in New York. One day I asked correspondent Steve Hartman if he would ever consider bringing back his popular 'Everybody Has a Story' series where he would toss a dart at a map of the United States, travel to wherever it landed with CBS cameraman Les Rose, and randomly pick a person and a story out of the town's phone book.
Steve said sure, he'd consider bringing back the series. Then he laid out the idea that had been floating around in his head for nine years: the series would go global, NASA would launch a globe into space and astronauts would spin it, pointing to the countries he would visit. But fear of NASA rejecting his idea had kept the plan grounded.
"You should do it," I told him after hearing his idea.
"Okay," he said to me, "why don't you give them a call and ask them if they wouldn't mind doing that for us?"
And so I took on perhaps the most daunting task ever assigned to an intern: convince NASA to launch something of ours into space.
I grabbed some CBS letterhead and typed up a letter to NASA headquarters outlining our proposition. I tossed in a DVD with a sampling of Steve's stories and popped the envelope in the mail. A week went by.
Then a month.
I was back in Florida for school and had almost forgotten about the whole idea when I received a phone call one afternoon from NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C. They got the letter, liked the idea, and wanted to talk about it.
After a series of meetings, NASA officials decided to try to get the globe on the next scheduled shuttle flight, STS-129, being flown by Atlantis. Former CBS News producer Melissa Smith ordered a few plastic, inflatable globes online and had them rushed to NASA to be tested for space-worthiness.
Finally on November 16, four months after we first pitched the idea to NASA, Atlantis blasted off from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center with our inflatable globe on board. Steve, cameraman Bob Caccamise, and I watched from three miles away as the 'Everybody in the World Has a Story' project launched with a crackling roar.
Two days later and about 200 miles above Earth, Atlantis docked with the International Space Station and our globe was delivered into the hands of station commander Jeff Williams. A few weeks later (after NASA took care of more pressing tasks), commander Williams videotaped himself spinning and pointing to different countries on the globe, sending Steve and Bob on an around-the-world adventure to prove that everybody has a story.
So as Atlantis carries out its final, historic mission, I'll be thinking about when that spacecraft took this network to new heights.
Stefanie Gordon of Hoboken, N.J., woke up on Delta Air Lines flight 2285 Monday traveling from New York's LaGuardia Airport to West Palm Beach, Fla., in time to watch the space shuttle Endeavour break through some cloud cover on its way to the International Space Station.
"The captain made an announcement that we would probably see it," Gordon told CBS News. "I really couldn't hear what he was saying, and then all of a sudden people started getting up and going over to the windows."
Mark the time and date: 5:20 am EDT on Mar. 29, 2011. For the first time, a NASA spacecraft in orbit around Mercury has sent back an image of our solar system's innermost planet.
It won't be the only one - the Messenger craft took another 363 images, according to NASA, before downlinking some of that data to Earth. Over the course of the next year, the craft is expected to take 70,000 to 75,000 photographs as Messenger sets about its assigned task of mapping the planet's entire surface.
The standout feature in an otherwise featureless south pole region displayed in the Messenger image is the 50-mile wide crater called Debussy (in the upper right of the image.) Even if the photo may is not particularly arresting at first blush, NASA officials have to be ecstatic that everything's in working order after the craft's six-and-a-half year journey to reach Mercury. Interestingly, the close-up looks a lot like the Earth's moon.
You can keep track of the Messenger mission at a website NASA has set up here. The agency has scheduled a press conference for Wednesday, where officials may likely share more photos sent back to Earth.
The WISE mission has come to an end, sending back its final image.Continue »
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