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!
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!
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 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
When you were growing up, 2014 was the future. And it’s become cliche to bemoan that we don’t have the flying cars we were promised, but did get early delivery on a dystopian surveillance state. So living here in the future, I just wanted to point out how cool it is that you can detect…Read More The Future Is So Cool
July 20, 1969. I’ve blogged about it before. There are people who can write eloquently about events of such significance. I am not one of them. I hope that doesn’t stand in the way of folks remembering the amazing accomplishment that the Apollo program was.Read More #Apollo45
The Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project needs help to recover data from the Lunar Orbiter spacecraft. Frankly, it’s a bit of a disgrace that Congress funds, well, all sorts of things, over this element of our history, but that’s besides the point. Do I want to get angry, or do I want to see this…Read More Lunar Oribter Image Recovery Project
Neil Armstrong died August 25, aged 82. It’s difficult to properly memorialize this man, because, to a degree almost unheard of in our media-saturated times, he avoided the limelight. A statement by his family notes: As much as Neil cherished his privacy, he always appreciated the expressions of good will from people around the world…Read More Neil Armstrong, RIP
The CBC Quirks and Quarks podcast on “The 10% Solar System Solution” is a really interesting 9 minutes with Scott Gaudi on how to find small planets far away: We have to rely on nature to give us the microlensing events. That means we can’t actually pick and choose which stars to look at, and…Read More Emergent Planetary Detection via Gravitational Lensing
40 years ago, NASA released this first [human-taken] photo of the Earth from far away: [Update: The BBC has a nice story.]Read More Earthrise