Category Archives: Earth Science

Re-Direct: Phil Plait’s “The Very, Very Thin Wedge of Denial”


Phil Plait, creator of the “Bad Astronomy” website and outstanding science defender, has published an interesting article on the Slate.com website. “The Very, Very Thin Wedge of Denial” may be found here. The final paragraph is important: “The basic science … Continue reading

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Announcing a History of Science Society Session, November 22, 2013: “The Power of Analogies for Advancing Scientific Knowledge”


Several colleagues and I are planning a session at the History of Science Society Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachussetts on Friday morning, 9:00 am, November 22, 2013. The session, “The Power of Analogies for Advancing Scientific Knowledge,” brings together four presentations … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Keep Watching the Skies! The Story of Operation Moonwatch and the Dawn of the Space Age”


Keep Watching the Skies! The Story of Operation Moonwatch and the Dawn of the Space Age. By W. Patrick McCray. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008. xvi, 308 pp. $29.95, ISBN 978-0-691-12854-2.) Sometimes, scientists understand the public’s interest in participating personally … Continue reading

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A Clear View of Alaska, and the Problem it Presents


This is really interesting. NASA released this rare photograph of Alaska from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite on June 17, 2013. Most of the time the state is covered with clouds, but not on that … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Red Moon Rising: Sputnik and the Hidden Rivalries that Ignited the Space Age”


Red Moon Rising: Sputnik and the Hidden Rivalries that Ignited the Space Age. By Matthew Brzezinski. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2007. The fiftieth anniversary of the launch of Sputnik 1 on October 4, 1957, sparked the publication of … Continue reading

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Publication of my Edited Work: “Exploring the Solar System: The History and Science of Planetary Exploration”


I am pleased to note that this week Palgrave Macmillan released my edited work, Exploring the Solar System: The History and Science of Planetary Exploration. This book has been years in the making, and includes essays on a broad selection … Continue reading

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Amazing Video: “Dynamic Earth: Exploring Earth’s Climate Engine”


This is a stunning video from the National Air and Space Museum’s planetarium show. This new video from the animation team at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center brings home the Sun/Earth connection. It shows a massive coronal mass ejection careening … Continue reading

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Envisioning Limits: Outer Space and the End of Utopia


I am attending the conference, “Envisioning Limits: Outer Space and the End of Utopia,” sponsored by the Emmy Noether Research Group, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, at the Freie Universität Berlin. It is a very engaging program and between April 19 and 21, 2012, … Continue reading

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Join Me and Many Others for the 50th Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium


For anyone who might be in the Washington, D.C., area on Wednesday and Thursday, March 28 and 29, 2012, the American Astronautical Society is hosting the 50th Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium at the Greenbelt Marriott. The conference theme of … Continue reading

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Why Explore Space? A 1970 Letter to a Nun in Africa


Ernst Stuhlinger wrote this letter on May 6, 1970, to Sister Mary Jucunda, a nun who worked among the starving children of Kabwe, Zambia, in Africa, who questioned the value of space exploration. At the time Dr. Stuhlinger was Associate … Continue reading

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