I've got a memory from when I was 11 or 12 or so, around 1990-1993. An arcade game that was in the Sydney, Australia Miranda Fair Arcade. It was a space combat simulator. It was very immersive. You'd sit in a cockpit, and when the game started you'd be launched down a railgun-like entry system into a space battle. [more inside]
I remember going to someone's house for regular sessions of this very long game about a quest for something that had to do with aliens, spaceships and weird planets. The defining thing about the game was that your Windows PC computer kept track of what was going on, even though you spent a lot of time reading passages the computer assigned you to read, from cards or a book. So it had this hybrid aspect reminiscent of VCR games.
Trying to find a song based on what I remember on the music video. Was sung by a woman, kind of melancholy sounding. Most notable part of the music video was a woman riding a horse and she had dramatically long hair that floated through the sky. [more inside]
I can't find any sources that really explain how they'd work to a science illiterate like me. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Even fiction will help, seeing as it's for a story of my own. [more inside]
Top space science influencers of today's pre-teens? [more inside]
Suggestions for finding iconic book designer for young student's book about space and future? [more inside]
Based on what we currently know from satellite imagery, would summiting Olympus Mons be likely to require technical climbing skills, or would it just be a long, long walk up?
My neighbors are having a baby soon, and I'd like ideas for something useful to give them that won't end up just taking up space in a small apartment. I'll probably be ordering from Amazon UK or eBay UK. We're casual friendly but not close, so offering cooking or housecleaning help wouldn't be appropriate. (I feel pretty sure the new mom will have her mother with her at first.) [more inside]
I'm taking my son to London during the Easter school holidays, main activity is to visit the Natural History Museum. He loves dinosaurs, space and spicy food! Any thoughts on where else he'd love to visit? Any restaurants/cafes you can recommend? He loves all things spicy, current favourite food is Vietnamese Ca Ri Ga...
Today's new image of the Pillars of Creation formation show many stars in the background that I've not seen before. That made me wonder: are there enough stars in the universe such that the sky could be covered entirely by starlight? [more inside]
Can you recommend some classic or contemporary jazz albums with the same aesthetic as Sun Ra's "Sleeping Beauty"? [more inside]
Why are there so many white men in space? [more inside]
I woke up this morning, for some reason having vivid memories of this side-scrolling arcade-style space-ship shooter PC game I used to love, and now I want to play it again. Can you help identify the game? [more inside]
I'm travelling to Moscow for two weeks in mid-September. Apart from the touristy space monument and Museum of Cosmonautics, what else can a space travel geek see/do/buy in Moscow? [more inside]
Anyone know any indoor play spaces for toddlers in the Honolulu area? [more inside]
Where can I go to touch something that has been to the Moon and back? Is such a thing even possible? There must be artifacts spread around the U.S. Where's the nearest one to you (and where are you)?
Help me think of a space-themed gift for an awesome 35-year-old guy. [more inside]
Why don't we have HD video of Earth rotating in space? You know, relatively close-up, as if the Enterprise had just dropped out of warp and the planet was being majestically introduced to the cinema audience. An extended, multiple pass/rotation exposure, so that it could be watched by appreciative viewers wanting to get a bit of perspective/peace. I imagine I would sit and gaze at this for extended periods. What are the technical limitations which have prevented this?
The Christmas season has me thinking about a toy I had as a child in the late 70s and early 80s. I don't know what to call it -- or even what category of toy it is, so I can't search for it with Google. [more inside]
I have a question about the film, Gravity, and the geography of its ending. Obviously there are major spoilers if you click through. [more inside]
What are the top space / space exploration achievements for 2013? [more inside]
We have a large (~500 sq ft) family room which is not connected to our central heat. We'd like to use a space heater (maybe 2 *) to heat it in the winter. What's the difference between the cheap little ones and the more expensive ones? [more inside]
In an aside for a short story I'm writing, a vanity billionaire notices the news about Voyager leaving the solar system, and decides she wants to make her mark on the Universe by 'shotgunning' some things out into interstellar space. [more inside]
For a book I am ghostwriting, I'm researching how a Mars colony might support itself. Perchlorates in the martian soil can be refined out to produce solid rocket fuel. My question is -- how would the stuff be manufactured? [more inside]
Why do we not launch rockets out of tubes? If the most expensive bits of launching a rocket are the first few feet off the ground, why don't we put the rockets into a tube to make launching more efficient? [more inside]
I'm looking for a clip of a man claiming to channel aliens from a BBC-style talk show I am pretty sure I saw here on Metafilter. [more inside]
Contact by Daft Punk supposedly "contains audio from the Apollo 17 mission used by courtesy of NASA and Capt. Eugene Cernan". The sample says: "Hey Bob, I'm looking at what Jack was talking about and it's definitely not a particle that's nearby. It is a bright object and it's obviously rotating because it's flashing, it's way out in the distance, certainly rotating in a very rhythmic fashion because the flashes come around almost on time. As we look back at the Earth it's up at about 11 o'clock, about maybe ten or twelve diame...Earth diameters. I don't know whether that does you any good, but there's something out there." When I Google this I find only Daft Punk references. Is it a genuine soundbite from the Apollo 17 mission or did those wacky French robots make it up?
I'm looking for a font that's based on or looks like the screen font used in the original Taito/Midway Space Invaders from 1978. (Unused witty title for this question: 'Diaresis puny earthlings!')
I have vague recollections of someone telling me of a paradox many moons ago, it went thusly: There's no point in launching a spaceship on a deep space mission, because as technology advances so rapidly (e.g. Moore's law) that any ship you build in the future will be faster/more efficient and hence overtake any craft that you launch now, inferring that one should always put off launching a deep space mission. The same person told me it was called 'Clarke's Paradox' (I think?) but I can't find any reference to it, save Clarke's Laws (i.e. "Any technology sufficiently advanced will be indistinguishable from magic" etc). Can anyone help put a name to this paradox?
My boyfriend has talked about us separating, but it seems like he still wants to be with me. I think he's overanalyzing our relationship to death, and I want to talk to him about how relationships take work and we should refocus on what's important to us, but is that true? How would that look, what would we do? [more inside]
How do I connect with videogame developers in Dallas, TX? [more inside]
If all goes well, I'll be writing a bi-weekly blog about spaceflight and astronomy, with a particular emphasis on manned and unmanned spacecraft -- what's up on the ISS, what satellites will be launching soon and what they'll do, what interesting discoveries ongoing missions have made, that sort of thing. But I have NO IDEA at all what I should call it. [more inside]
What is the best book to introduce pre-teens to how science works in space? [more inside]
I know YANMD, but I am wondering if anyone has been told to cease using a space heater due to chronic pharyngitis or similar illnesses? [more inside]
K. So my big 3-0 birthday is on Saturday, December 8th, and I'm looking for a good place in Portland (like a semi-private event room in a resturant/bar) to host folks for several hours. Let's say 7-10pm. More specifications inside... [more inside]
Work in my office has ground to a halt over this question about the physics of fish in space. [more inside]
Help searching for old PC and Playstation 1 games? Probably about early to mid 90's [more inside]
Help me find a flash game where you built a spaceship from parts of enemy ships [more inside]
Where can I find someone doing R and D for growing food off planet? [more inside]
What are some interesting human-free spaces I could film in Boston or NY? [more inside]
My housemate and I just saw a bright pinpoint flash (approx intensity and size of Rigel) in the sky, lasting about an eighth of a second, what's it likely to have been? [more inside]
Where in Austin can I host 25-45 people for boardgaming between 1-6 PM that will cost me less than $300? [more inside]
Emergency alternate boardgame location in Brooklyn (Park Slope area)? [more inside]
I'm looking for first-person accounts of the US space programme from the start to the moon shot. [more inside]
When I was younger I spent A LOT of time with face planted in science books with a focus on theoretical physics, space exploration and the structure of the universe. Now I am older, what books or films should I throw myself back into? [more inside]
I am upgrading to an iPhone. Wondering if the 8gb would be sufficient, or do I need a larger capacity? [more inside]
My Nexus One keeps hitting a low space wall lately and doing everything the Internet suggests isn't helping :\ [more inside]
Help with default space formatting on Microsoft Office 2007. [more inside]
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