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
What’s the biggest problem with quantum cryptography? That it’s too expensive, of course. Quantum anything is inherently cool, just as certain things are inherently funny. Ducks, for example. However, it’s hard to justify a point-to-point quantum crypto link that starts at one-hundred grand just for the encryptors (fiber link not included, some assembly required), when…Read More Quanta In Space!
Every now and then, an “Astronomy Picture of the Day” is just breathtaking. Today’s is Hurricane Ivan from the Space Station. Click for the larger view.Read More Hurricane Ivan From the Space Station
Here at Emergent Chaos, we’re big fans of large objects hitting other large objects at high speed. Which is why it’s important to tell you that 2007-WD5 is a 50 meter asteroid that’s set to pass within 48,000 kilometers of Mars next month. “We estimate such impacts occur on Mars every thousand years or so,”…Read More "There’s supposed to be a Mars-shattering Ka-boom!"
Voyager 1 has passed 100 AU. It’s a stunning feat of engineering. (Story via Slashdot.)Read More Voyager 1 passes 100 AU
Today, in 1969, Neil Armstrong walked on the moon.Read More One Small Step for a Man