Category Archives: Space

The Cold War Origins of Space Access


It is almost a truism that the primary U.S. space launch capabilities were created only because of the challenge of an exceptionally desperate Cold War rivalry with the Soviet Union. Accordingly, the development and deployment of ballistic missiles, space-based intelligence-gathering … Continue reading

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An Infographic on the Evolution of Space Food


Space food is one of those items that is consistently fascinating. What do astronauts eat, and why. This infographic from Labeley.com has some interesting information. Enjoy.

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Space Navigation: Looking to the Stars


For centuries mariners have looked to the stars to cross the oceans. Mariners at sea carried instruments such as cross staffs and sextants to determine the position of celestial objects in the sky. When combined with an accurate time reference, … Continue reading

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Important New Publication Released in the NASA History Series


NASA has just released an important new book in its History Series, Historical Studies in the Societal Impact of Spaceflight (NASA SP-2016-4803), edited by Steven J. Dick. The flyer for this is below. Electronic copies in several e-book formats, including pdf, … Continue reading

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Considering the Moon


What is it about the Moon that captures the fancy of humankind? A silvery disk hanging in the night sky, it conjures up images of romance and magic. It has been counted upon to foreshadow important events, both of good … Continue reading

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Three Zones of the Solar System


With the success of the New Horizon’s spacecraft visiting Pluto and the Kuiper Belt, it seemed appropriate to discuss hte major zones of the solar system. The solar system consists of the Sun and the objects bound to it through … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Rocket Ranch”


Rocket Ranch. The Nuts and Bolts of the Apollo Moon Program at Kennedy Space Center. By Jonathan H. Ward. Chichester, UK: Springer Praxis, 2015. Jonathan B Ward’s Rocket Ranch is an enjoyable overview of the Kennedy Space Center during the … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Fifty Years of European Cooperation in Space”


Fifty Years of European Cooperation in Space: Building on its Past, ESA Shapes the Future. By John Krige. Paris, Franc: Beauchesne, 2014. 543 pages. Preface and acknowledgments, illustrations, charts, chronology, annexes, bibliography, acronyms, index of names, index. ISBN: 978-2-7010-2029-7. 35€. … Continue reading

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Humanity and the Extreme Environment of Space


Although microbial life might survive the extreme conditions of space, for Homo sapien sapiens the space environment remains remarkably dangerous to life. One space life scientist, Vadim Rygalov, remarked that ensuring human life during spaceflight was largely about providing the … Continue reading

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