Spaceflight

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“We came all this way to explore the Moon, and the most important thing is that we discovered the Earth.” -Bill Anders, Apollo 8 astronaut From hundreds of miles up, the International Space Station speeds around the Earth, completing 18 orbits a day, looking down on us and returning some absolutely fabulous images. But what…

“I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you different.” -Kurt Vonnegut Kurt Vonnegut may have it right for most of us, but not all of us spend all of our time on Earth. A select dozen of us, in fact, have made it, as Cat Power…

“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…