Remember Scotty’s remark about his nephew in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan? (No, of course you don’t.) Scotty explains to Kirk, after an inappropriately emotional response by Midshipman Preston: “My sister’s youngest, Admiral. Crazy to get to space.” “Come on, R2, we’re going.” Although I never pursued a career as an astronaut, I […]
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“Space,” [The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy] says, “is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space, listen … Inspired by this NASA Web page, and Miss Sarah’s […]
Okay, I’m being lazy today … so much I ought to write about, but I’ll just post “‘Me, too!’ like some brain-dead AOL-er.” Perspective via a sort of palindrome. (Brought to my attention by Paul Weston.) Homeschoolers versus the Home-Schooled. The Known Universe: In Persepctive.
In 2029, the 900-foot asteroid Apophis, will miss Earth by only about 18,000 miles. To put that in contrast, the moon is an average of 238,857 miles away, center-to-center, or about 234,000 miles surface-to-surface. (The moon, of course, has a slightly elliptical orbit, so that’s just an average.) If that doesn’t set up the right […]
“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1, ESV) A sample: colliding Antennae Galaxies (NGC 4038/NGC 4039) Check out the 2008 Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar; a new HST image will be posted each day through tomorrow.
This story about duct tape use on the moon was simply too good to pass up on cross-posting. [I]n [the] Taurus-Littrow [valley, in the Sea of Serenity, on the moon] a missing fender was a potential disaster. The reason is moondust. When a rover rolls across the lunar surface, it kicks up a plume of […]
Star Wars: Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit at the Museum of Science, Boston. Weather Control: Military wants the weather on its side Schemes to Control the Weather Clouded by Failure Natural Disasters: Top 10 US Disaster Worries Tall Buildings: The World’s Tallest Buildings. (If you think you know what they are currently, you […]
You see, I had this space suit. How it happened was like this: “Dad,” I said, “I want to go to the moon.” “Certainly,” he answered and looked back at his book. It was Jerome K. Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat, which he must know by heart. I said, “Dad, please! I’m serious.” This […]
There are few things in life cooler than exploring other parts of our Solar System. Along those lines, here are a couple of great links recommended by Brian Cortez: A Dust Devil on Mars Apollo 13, We Have a Solution—An accurate and fascinating account of the engineering and preparation that allowed Apollo 13’s crew to […]
The European Space Agency has an excellent annotated animation of the Huygens probe (launched from the Cassini spacecraft on Christmas Eve) descent to the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan. See also The Cassini Site at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).