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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…

“Surely something is wanting in our conception of the universe. We know positive and negative electricity, north and south magnetism, and why not some extra terrestrial matter related to terrestrial matter, as the source is to the sink. … Worlds may have formed of this stuff, with element and compounds possessing identical properties with out…

“I saw for the first time the earth’s shape. I could easily see the shores of continents, islands, great rivers, folds of the terrain, large bodies of water. The horizon is dark blue, smoothly turning to black. . . the feelings which filled me I can express with one word–joy.” -Yuri Gagarin It takes a…

“There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen, and there are people who wonder what happened. To be successful, you need to be a person who makes things happen.” -James Lovell, Astronaut: Gemini 7, Gemini 12, Apollo 8, and Apollo 13 A few weeks ago you had your chance…

“Anyone who sits on top of the largest hydrogen-oxygen fueled system in the world; knowing they’re going to light the bottom–and doesn’t get a little worried–does not fully understand the situation.” -John Young, after being asked if he was worried about making the first Space Shuttle flight (STS-1). It may be hard to believe, but…