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“I don’t run away from a challenge because I am afraid. Instead, I run toward it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your feet.” -Nadia Comaneci Whether it’s a new task, a new subject, a new place or a new person, life is full of wonderful new experiences, if…

The Entire Universe, One Picture, and One Year

The size and age of the Cosmos are beyond ordinary human understanding. Lost somewhere between immensity and eternity is our tiny planetary home. -Carl Sagan If the story of our entire Universe’s history, from the last stages of inflation and the Big Bang up to the present day, were to be compressed into one calendar…

“She eyes me like a pisces when I am weak I’ve been locked inside your Heart Shaped box for weeks I’ve been drawn into your magnet tar pit trap I wish I could eat your cancer when you turn black” -Nirvana, Heart-Shaped Box By looking at the right combinations of wavelengths of light, one can…

So you walked on the Moon? And then…

“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.” -Neil Armstrong It still boggles my mind when I think about it, every…

A world where your footsteps never fade

“We have found a strange footprint on the shores of the unknown.” -Arthur Eddington Since the dawn of mankind, we’ve left innumerable footsteps across the lands, as we’ve traveled far and wide across the globe. But (with very rare exceptions) these footsteps don’t last. With winds and/or rains abundant all over Earth, among many other…

Weekend Diversion: The Dreams of a Hero

“Anyone who has spent any time in space will love it for the rest of their lives. I achieved my childhood dream of the sky.” -Valentina Tereshkova We all have our heroes. Many of them meet with tragedy, and get eulogized in song. This week, I present to you a wonderful, bluegrass cover by Keller…

Striving for the Speed of Light

“The very closest stars would require many years to visit, even traveling at the speed of light, which is impossible according to Einstein’s theory of relativity. Today’s fastest spaceships would require 200,000 years to travel to Alpha Centauri, our closest bright star. The energy required to send a hundred colonists to another star, as Frank…

Celebrating 50 years of humans in space!

“I could have gone on flying through space forever.” -Yuri Gagarin It was April 12th, 1961, or fifty years ago today, that Yuri Gagarin became the first human being to leave Earth — the ground, the atmosphere, the stratosphere — and to soar into outer space. What was unimaginable just half-a-century ago has become an…

Kepler’s Real Spacecraft

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain You’ve all heard of Kepler before, including the exoplanet-finding…

25 Years After Challenger

“We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and ‘slipped the surly bonds of Earth’ to ‘touch the face of God.’” -John Gillespie Magee, Jr.; spoken by Ronald Reagan after the Challenger tragedy Twenty-five years ago today, I remember being…