Tag Archives: Mars

Curiosity’s Remarkable Findings after Two Years


Since the 1960s humans have been engaged on a concerted effort to understand Mars. The landing of Mars Curiosity on the surface in the early hours of August 6, 2012, is the latest effort to learn about one of our … Continue reading

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That Was the Year That Was: Civil Space 2013


We say this about every year, but 2013 was memorable in so many ways that I cannot begin to catalog them all. As a result, let me confine my remarks to three accomplishments that I consider the most significant taking … Continue reading

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Humanity and the Extreme Environment of Space


It seems that microbial life is capable of surviving the extreme conditions of space. Even so, for Homo sapien sapiens the space environment remains remarkably dangerous to our lives. Is it a place humans might ultimately move to on a … Continue reading

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Proposed Syllabus for “Spaceflight and Society” Course, Fall 2013


I am the instructor for a course at Johns Hopkins University in the Fall 2013 semester with the title, “Spaceflight and Society.” I taught this class in the fall of 2011 as well and had a great time doing it, … Continue reading

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Redirect: “If You Set Out to Go to Mars, Go to Mars”


I’d like to call your attention to a really interesting piece in the by Harley Thronson submitted to the  Human Spaceflight Study Group at the National Academies. Entitled “If You Set Out to Go to Mars, Go to Mars.” Its … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Talking About Life: Conversations on Astrobiology”


Talking About Life: Conversations on Astrobiology. Edited by Chris Impey. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2010. V + 408 pages. Photographs, preface, glossary, reading list, index. ISBN: 978-0-521-51492-7. $29.99 Hardcover with dust jacket. Astrobiology, sometimes still referred to as exobiology, … Continue reading

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A Chronology of Space Anniversaries for 2013


Many people have asked what anniversaries are upcoming in 2013 in space history. Here is a quick list. Are there items that I should add to this accounting? 1923—90 years ago December: Die Rakete zu den Planetenräumen (The Rocket into … Continue reading

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Solar System Exploration @50 Symposium


On October 25-26, 2012, the NASA History Office, NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, the National Air and Space Museum, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory will co-sponsor a symposium to mark the 50th anniversary planetary exploration. The event will be held at … Continue reading

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Remembering the Mars Rover Landing before Curiosity


With the stupendous success of Curiosity’s landing on Mars in the wee morning hours of August 6, 2012, I though it appropriate to show this video of the landing of the Spirit rover from 2004. Partly animation and partly live … Continue reading

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Great New Video Gone Viral: “We’re NASA and We Know It”


You knew it had to happen! She mission controllers from JPL that landed the Curiosity rover so successfully on Mars on August 6, inspired a great rap video now gone viral. Based on the popular LMFAO song, “Sexy and I … Continue reading

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