Today is the 50th Anniversary of “One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” It’s an event worth celebrating, in the same way we celebrate Yuri’s Night. The holy days — the holidays — that we celebrate say a great deal about us. They shape who we are. The controversies that emerge…Read More Happy Apollo Day!
A Man on the Moon, Andrew Chaikin is probably the best of the general histories of the moon landings. Failure is not an Option, by Gene Kranz, who didn’t actually say that during Apollo 13. Marketing The Moon by David Scott and Richard Jurek. I was surprised what a good history this was, and how…Read More Books Worth Reading: Q2 2019 (Apollo Edition)
Congratulations to the Hayabusa2 mission team, who flew to an asteroid, dropped multiple rovers, an impactor and a separate camera satellite to observe the impactor. The Hayabusa2 then flew around, to the far side of the asteroid to avoid ejecta from the impactor. In a few weeks, Hayabusa2 will probably land, collect more samples and…Read More Hayabusa!
So cool! STARS-Me (or Space Tethered Autonomous Robotic Satellite – Mini elevator), built by engineers at Shizuoka University in Japan, is comprised of two 10-centimeter cubic satellites connected by a 10-meter-long tether. A small robot representing an elevator car, about 3 centimeters across and 6 centimeters tall, will move up and down the cable using…Read More Space Elevator Test
John Kraus, via APOD.Read More TESS Launch Closeup
I had not seen this amazing picture of Harrison Schmitt near Shorty Crater. Via Astronomy Picture of the Day. If you enjoy these, Full Moon is a gorgeous collection of meticulously scanned Apollo images. There are various editions; I encourage you to get the 11″x11″ one, not the 8×8.Read More 45 Years
This image isn’t Saturn’s Rings, but an image of Saturn from its pole to equator. Sadly, many of the sites reporting on Cassini’s dive through Saturn’s rings — I’m going to say that again — Cassini’s first dive through Saturn’s rings — don’t explain the photos. I’ll admit it, I thought I was looking at…Read More Cassini
This video is really amazingly inspiring: Not only does it show more satellites than I’ve ever seen in a single frame of video, but the rocket that took them up was launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation, who managed to launch not only the largest satellite constellation ever, but had room for a few…Read More More Satellites Than You Can Shake a Stick At
Image credit: Bill Anders, Apollo 8, launched this day, Dec 21, 1968.Read More Earthrise
Today’s “the future is cool” entry is the cliffs of insanity: Actually, I’m lying to you, they’re the Cliffs of Comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko, as photographed by the Rosetta spacecraft. I just think its cool similar they look, and how the physical processes which created the Cliffs of Moher may also have been at work on a…Read More The Cliffs of Insanity!