Archives for April, 2016

“This then, I thought, as I looked round about me, is the representation of history. It requires a falsification of perspective. We, the survivors, see everything from above, see everything at once, and still we do not know how it was.” -W.G. Sebald In the 1600s, the earliest telescopes saw that Saturn had “ears,” while…

“I guess I have a short attention span! I’m interested in new worlds, new universes, new challenges. I always said the only reason to make a film is not for the result but for what you learn for the next one.” -Alfonso Cuarón April has gotten off to a great start here at Starts With A Bang,…

“An asteroid or a supervolcano could certainly destroy us, but we also face risks the dinosaurs never saw: An engineered virus, nuclear war, inadvertent creation of a micro black hole, or some as-yet-unknown technology could spell the end of us.” -Elon Musk The possibility of getting hit by a wayward asteroid or comet is a…

“The older people that one admires seem to be fearless. They go right out into the world. It’s astounding. Maybe they can’t see or they can’t hear, but they walk out into the street and take life as it comes. They’re models of courage, in a strange way.” –James Hillman The scientific enterprise has uncovered…

“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.” -Galileo Galilei Galileo is most famous for his astronomical discoveries, including the moons of Jupiter, the existence of sunspots and the phases of Venus. These discoveries were a strong challenge to geocentrism, and his writings and debates helped popularize…

“I’m here for several reason, Mr. Pepin, first of all for aid. When something tragic happens in our skies, we do our utmost to extend sympathy. But sympathy without action,that’s an empty emotion. Mainly I’m here for the purposes of reentry.” “I don’t understand.” “Adjustment,” Harold said, “to earth. I’m here to make sure you…

“This job is a great scientific adventure. But it’s also a great human adventure. Mankind has made giant steps forward. However, what we know is really very, very little compared to what we still have to know.” -Fabiola Gianotti On Earth, star trails inevitably appear in any long-exposure image unless you account for the rotation of the…

“When I was in high school, I was certain that being an astronaut was my goal. It was a very important time — Sally Ride was making her first flight into space and she had a real impact on me. Those ‘firsts’ kind of stick in your head and really become inspirations for you.” Karen Nyberg,…

“All the evidence, experimental and even a little theoretical, seems to indicate that it is the energy content which is involved in gravitation, and therefore, since matter and antimatter both represent positive energies, gravitation makes no distinction.” -Richard Feynman It was a big last week at Starts With A Bang, and you might not realize it…

“You’ve got to learn to let go.” -Matt Kowalski, Gravity Objects in motion remain in constant motion unless acted upon by an outside force. That’s Newton’s 1st law of motion, and that’s why you’d expect an orbiting satellite and two astronauts orbiting with it to have absolutely no relative forces. Yet if you watched the movie…