Category Archives: Space

Animated Apollo Mission Patches


This is an enjoyable short video of all of the mission patches created for Apollo. This very cool animation was done with high res public domain NASA imagery, free 3D models, and animation through Cinema 4D with post work done in After Effects.

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Moon: A Brief History”


Moon: A Brief History. By Bernd Brunner. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2010. 304 pages. Bibliographic essay, illustrations, acknowledgments, index. ISBN-13: 978-0300177695. Hardcover with dustjacket. $16.50 USD. There is no question but that the Moon has had an important … Continue reading

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A Breathless Survey of the History of Terrestrial Tourism, and its Relation to Space Tourism


Tourism in some form has been a part of human existence since the beginning of human existence. In 1994, the United Nations Statistical Committee approved a definition of tourism put forward by its World Tourism Organization (WTO): “The activities of … Continue reading

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Early Ideas of Space Tourism


Beginning at least in the 1960s expectations of space tourism have been the “stuff” of space activism. To date, however, the prospect for broad, sustainable space tourism remains a dream. I would argue that much of the boosterism in the … Continue reading

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Setting Course for the Red Planet: Early Flyby Missions to Mars


Robotic exploration of Mars has been one of the persistent efforts of the space age. It began, just as lunar exploration had, in a race between the United States and the Soviet ­Unionto see who would be the first to … Continue reading

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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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