Arthur C. Clarke This week's guest Rod Pyle Rod Pyle is a space historian who has worked with NASA at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Johnson Space Center. He has written nine books on the history and technology of space exploration and science for major publishers in the US, UK and Asia. As a journalist, Rod's work has appeared in Space.com, LiveScience.com, The Huffington Post, Popular Science, and many other print and online venues. Rod has also produced documentary
“We were in love with every rocket, we desperately wanted it to blast off successfully. We would give our hearts and souls to see it flying.” Boris Chertok Good omens - the sort of things happening 10 years before men on the moon are happening again today.!!! OTD 4th January 1959 - 60 years ago- Luna 1 becomes the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Moon. Luna 1 was launched at 16:41 GMT on 2 January 1959 from Baikonur Cosmodrome by a Luna 8K72 rocket. Luna 1 became
Earth is a spaceship, just like Apollo - and just like Apollo, the crew must learn to live and work together. We must learn to manage the resources of this world with new imagination. Jim Lovell. Kate Howells works with The Planetary Society to build and manage a global network of volunteers who do educational outreach in their communities, and to develop volunteer activities that support The Planetary Society's goals and strategic vision. Kate also leads the development of t
Well, Frank, my thoughts are very similar. The vast loneliness up here at the moon is awe-inspiring, and it makes you realize what you have back there on earth. The earth from here is a grand oasis in the big vastness of space Jim Lovell Space Legend of the week Happy Birthday Monday September 10th 1933 – Yevgeni Vassilyevich Khrunov, Russian colonel and astronaut (d.2000) He was born in Prudy, Tula Oblast Khrunov was initially interested in pursuing farming in studies. His i
Space is for everybody. It's not just for a few people in science or math, or for a select group of astronauts. That's our new frontier out there, and it's everybody's business to know about space. Christa McAuliffe SPACE LEGEND OF THE WEEK Gregory Bruce Jarvis (August 24, 1944 – January 28, 1986) was an American engineer who died during the destruction of the Space Shuttle Challenger on mission STS-51-L, where he was serving as Payload Specialist for Hughes Aircraft and sat
Looking at these stars suddenly dwarfed my own troubles and all the gravities of terrestrial life. I thought of their unfathomable distance, and the slow inevitable drift of their movements out of the unknown past into the unknown future. H. G. Wells On this day Friday 10th 1990 – The Magellan space probe (right) reaches Venus. Saturday 11th - 1969 – The Apollo 11 astronauts are released from a three-week quarantine following their liftoff from the moon Space Legend of the We
Mars Close Approach Mars was 35.8 million miles from Earth at its closest point this month. Mars won't be that close to Earth until 2287 In October 2020, the Red Planet will reach opposition and but will be 38.6 million miles from Earth, In August 2003, Mars was a closer at 34.6 million miles Why is Mars covered in rust-colored dust?
It mostly comes from a formation on its surface called the Medusae Fossae, a single geological object that is slowly crumbling. The formation
I shuddered when I saw a crimson flame through the porthole instead of the usual starry sky at the night horizon of the planet. Vast pillars of light were bursting into the sky, melting into it, and flooding over with all the colors of the rainbow. An area of red luminescence merged smoothly into the black of the cosmos. The intense and dynamic changes in the colors and forms of the pillars and garlands made me think of visual music. Finally, we saw that we had entered direct
Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition. Isaac Asimov Can an artificial miniature magnetosphere be used to protect spacecraft Radiation hazard On earth, the radiation hazards that you come across are generally related to the radioactive decay of heavy elements like radium and uranium releasing gamma rays and x-rays. However, out in space, it is a completely different story
This is the goal: To make available for life every place where life is possible. To make inhabitable all worlds as yet uninhabitable, and all life purposeful. Hermann Oberth Overdue Obituary Donald Lynden-Bell CBE FRS (5 April 1935 – 6 February 2018) British theoretical astrophysicist. He was the first to determine that galaxies contain supermassive black holes at their centres, and that such black holes power quasars. Lynden-Bell was President of the Royal Astronomical S
“It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.” Robert H Goddard Robert Kurson Interview thanks to Brent Underwood ...who organised getting an advanced copy of Rocket Men a brilliant new book about Apollo 8 to the Podcast Robert Kurson earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin and a law degree from Harvard Law School. His award-winning stories have appeared in The New Yor
The day we finally walked on it was celebrated worldwide as perhaps man's greatest achievement. But it was while we were there, we looked up and caught a glimpse of just how incredible our own planet was. We called her Mother Earth. Because she gave birth to us, and then we sucked her dry.” ― Jon Stewart, Earth (The Book): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race SPACEUP This week features a Chat with Remco Timmermans about SpaceUp Sentinerds and more. Sentinel 3-b launch event
Featuring an amazing interview with Space Expert David Baker taking a closer look at Falcon Heavy and what it all means, We also chat about Zuma!!!, and the new Nasa Budget. Venus V Mars Currently no manned missions to Venus in discussion at all ...But Why ? George Russell explains why there should be!!! New Horizons picture is Farthest Ever Taken From Earth! What really happened to GovSat-1’s Falcon 9 first stage European wakeup call. JAN WOERNER Blog http://blogs.esa.int/
With the launch of the first scientific instrument into space. (USA's first satellite after the success of Sputnik and Mutnik by the USSR) Sixty years ago, on January 31, 1958, the Explorer 1 was launched a loft a Juno-1 (a modified Jupiter-C) rocket. The Juno name derived from Von Braun wishing to make the satellite launch vehicle appear less weapon like. The Rocket has the lettering system designed to fool the soviets. Here is the key The test base was in Huntsville, Alabam
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What's up with the Lunar Xprize?
Looking forward to the Ariane5 Launch and GOLD.
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Crypto funding and democratising space with Spacebit
A spacewalk to fix a trusty workers hand.
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Twinkle, twinkle Tabby's Star: Dips in brightness so bizarre. Could it be we've found ET? Nope, not yet. It's dust we see. (bummer) Nadia Drake Casting a $20 Million Mirror for the World’s Largest Telescope The glass arcs that will let astronomers peer back millions of years are decades in the making The 1968 Book That Tried to Predict the World of 2018 Toward the year 2018 Astronaut of the week!!! John Watts Young If you're a kid, you want to be an astronaut. If you're an as
New Year’s eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights Hamilton Wright Mable ; American essayist We are recording this on January the 1st 2018 News Angosat has been recued!!! Progress MS-06 freighter undocks from ISS Helen Sha