Category Archives: Space

When alt.religion.kibo mixes with sci.space.station

Whenever I see these updates from Discovery come in, I think immediately of this guy. I would have expected more old-time net people to be all over this. Maybe if they had named it SLACK instead?

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Phoenix Mars Lander

Congratulations everyone! Our Martian robot population increases by one. The Bad Astronomy guy (via Making Light) beats his chest for the humans a little loud, so I have to add my own experience in here. During the landing I was … Continue reading

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The Enigma Of Arthur C. Clarke

I was five or six years old when I saw 2001 for the first time at a revival showing at the Orange Cinedome in 1971. It’s the first movie I remember seeing in a theater and thirty-seven years down the … Continue reading

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Boldly going where everyone has been before

*sigh* It may just be time to take NASA out back behind the barn and put a bullet in it’s head because after twenty-five years of landing on, well, land, it looks like the next design revision of Orion will … Continue reading

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The New Earth

The only thing that’s more amazing than the announcement of Gliese 581c is the artwork that the Daily Mail used to illustrate it. The new planet is apparently a 1950s cover to Fantasy & Science Fiction. Really the only thing … Continue reading

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Saturnian Hexagons & Enceladian Spew

Lost in the the blogstorm following the pictures of Saturn’s north pole hexagon is this utterly eye-croggling photo of ice and water vapor spewing off of Encaladus’ volcanoes and into Saturn’s E-ring. Turns out that you can get a variety … Continue reading

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Then And Now part 1

Mars as painted by Chesley Bonestell for Collier’s in 1952. Mars as photographed by the Rosetta spacecraft last Sunday morning.

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Ladd Observatory, Providence

Chris Perridas has been blogging about H.P. Lovecraft and his time in Providence, Rhode Island and his post today featured the Ladd Observatory. Originally built in 1891, Lovecraft used to hang out there quite a bit: Ladd remains a living … Continue reading

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Whatever the reason you’re on Mars, I’m glad you’re there, and I wish I was with you

(a somewhat belated entry to the Carl Sagan blog-a-thon) I have a vivid memory of the first time I saw Carl Sagan on television and it wasn’t Johnny Carson or Cosmos. It was during the 1971 Mariner 9 mission to … Continue reading

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Somewhere over your head the future is happening, part II

How to tell the difference between the International Space Station and all the other air traffic overhead: The ISS might be visible immediately on the horizon, or it might wink into existence depending on the geometry between you and the … Continue reading

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