Spaceflight

Category archives for Spaceflight

“Yes, now there is this technological path. But it’s just starting.” -Mae Jemison Earlier this month, Yuri Milner and Stephen Hawking teamed up to announce the Breakthrough Starshot, a $100 million investment in technology that would build a laser array to propel a thin, light “laser sail” spacecraft to approximately 20% the speed of light.…

“Fundamental physics is like an art more or less. It’s completely non-practical, and you can’t use it for anything. But it’s about the universe and how the world came into being. It’s very remote from your daily life and mine, and yet it defines us as human beings.” -Yuri Milner In one of the boldest…

“Greatness is not in were we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We must sail sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it – but sail we must. And not drift, nor lie at anchor.” –Oliver Wendell Holmes It’s long been a dream of humanity to travel interplanetary distances at great speeds, or…

“If we die, we want people to accept it. We’re in a risky business, and we hope that if anything happens to us it will not delay the program. The conquest of space is worth the risk of life.” -Gus Grissom On January 27, 1967, the Apollo 1 crew was performing a “plugs-out” test of…

“Oh, yes — I know you. There was a time you looked at the stars and dreamed of what might be.” -Star Trek: Nemesis, spoken by Jean-Luc Picard The stars call to us through the ages, with each and every one holding the promise of a future for humanity beyond Earth. For generations, this was…

The Astronaut Hopeful’s Manifesto (Synopsis)

“I wasn’t destined to be an astronaut. I had to turn myself into one.” –Chris Hadfield Many of us dream of becoming astronauts as a child, but give up on that dream for a number of reasons — the seemingly impossible odds, the demands of daily life, the rigors of preparation — and never even…

“It’s almost like I feel I’m just moving there, and I’m not coming back.” -Scott Kelly On his 233rd day in space, ISS astronaut Scott Kelly took a photo that’s since gone viral of the Earth at night, showing a number of cities in India and a star field above the planet’s atmosphere and airglow.…

“For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.” -Richard Feynman Every few months now, the popular press goes wild with claims that there’s a new engine out there, one that produces thrust without any exhaust, violating the fundamental law of conservation of momentum. While science is, fundamentally,…

“Suddenly, from behind the rim of the Moon, in long, slow-motion moments of immense majesty, there emerges a sparkling blue and white jewel, a light, delicate sky-blue sphere laced with slowly swirling veils of white, rising gradually like a small pearl in a thick sea of black mystery. It takes more than a moment to…

“Well, this is a thing unheard of. An Elf would go underground, where a Dwarf dare not. Oh, I’d never hear the end of it.” –Gimli, Lord of the Rings When you think about the different elements present here on Earth, I hope you think about the different ways they bind together, combine, and add…