NASA

One Last Trip for the Endeavour

Have you ever seen one of those "strongman" competitions where someone pulls train cars or maybe a few city busses with a huge rope wrapped around his waist? There's no arguing that it's an impressive show of power. And, at least for me anyway, it's always a little bit comical to see someone so (relatively) small moving such a large object. It's like watching a tiny ant carrying a huge leaf. It's visually absurd. About two weeks from now there's going to be another amazing show of strength...

Why is NASA studying car safety?

I'm sure by now you've heard the latest Toyota news: A little less than a week ago, it was announced that "NASA found no evidence that a malfunction in electronics caused large unintended accelerations." That's according to Michael Kirsch, the principal engineer and team lead of the study from the NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. And if you recall, reports of unintended acceleration were being blamed on three possible factors: sticking accelerator pedals, a design flaw that enabled accelerator pedals to become trapped by floor mats and electromagnetic interference and/or software...