Category Archives: Science

Wednesday’s Book Review: “Antarctic Destinies”


Antarctic Destinies: Scott, Shackleton, and the Changing Face of Heroism. By Stephanie Barczewski. London, UK: Hambledon Continuum, 2007. I have been interested in Antarctic exploration for many years and have read a broad range of books. Antarctic Destinies is focused … Continue reading

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Remembering a Great Adventure: The First Circumlunar Mission


After a piloted orbital mission to test the Apollo equipment in October 1968, on December 21, 1968, Apollo 8 took off atop a Saturn V booster from the Kennedy Space Center with three astronauts aboard—Frank Borman, James A. Lovell Jr., … Continue reading

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Great Picture of the Earth from Saturn


This is very cool. This is a rare image taken on July 19, 2013, the wide-angle camera on NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn’s rings and our planet Earth and a faint hint of the Moon. Note the arrow pointing … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Picturing the Cosmos”


Picturing the Cosmos: Hubble Space Telescope Images and the Astronomical Sublime. By Elizabeth A. Kessler. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012. Abbreviations, acknowledgments, notes, illustrations, bibliography, index. ISBN: 978-0-8166-7957-7. Paperback, $29.95 USD. There is no astronomical instrument better known worldwide … Continue reading

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Announcing the Space Policy and History Forum #18


The next Space Policy and History Forum takes place on December 1, 2015, and will feature Michael Meyer, the Mars Exploration Program Scientist at NASA Headquarters, presenting “Astrobiology in Action.” Please note that this forum will be held at the Applied Physics Laboratory, not … Continue reading

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Redirect: The Narcissistic Narcotic of the “Tech Intellectuals”


This is a brilliant blog post by W. Patrick McCray. You do not want to miss “The Narcissistic Narcotic of the ‘Tech Intellectuals’.” It deals with what many people are calling technology intellectuals. With Twitter, Facebook, and blogs like this one the … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Interstellar Age”


The Interstellar Age: Inside the Forty-Year Voyager Mission. By Jim Bell. New York: Dutton Books, Published by the Penguin Group, 2015. xi + 321. Notes and further reading, acknowledgments, index. ISBN: 978-0-525-95432-3. Hardcover with dustjacket. $27.95 USD. Part memoir, part … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Dreams of Other Worlds”


Dreams of Other Worlds: The Amazing Story of Unmanned Space Exploration. By Chris Impey and Holly Henry (Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2013). Pp. 450. $35. ISBN: 978-0-691-14753-6. Should scientists write history? Most of the time, I don’t think so. This … Continue reading

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Protesting Cassini’s Launch


The Cassini space probe—the largest interplanetary probe ever launched, weighing 6.3 tons, and extending 22 feet in length—was a joint NASA, European Space Agency (ESA), and Italian Space Agency (ASI) mission to study Saturn and its rings, moons, and magnetic … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Lure of the Edge”


The Lure of the Edge: Scientific Passions, Religious Beliefs, and the Pursuit of UFOs. By Brenda Denzler. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001. What is the history of the UFO phenomenon in the United States? That is the subject of … Continue reading

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