Category Archives: Apollo

NASA and the Stimulation of Non-Space Applications from Space-related Technology


Much has been made over the years of what NASA calls “spinoffs,” commercial products that had at least some of their origins as a result of spaceflight-related research. Most years the agency puts out a book describing some of the … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Apollo’s Eye: A Cartographic Genealogy of the Earth in the Western Imagination”


Apollo’s Eye: A Cartographic Genealogy of the Earth in the Western Imagination. By Denis Cosgrove. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001. Astronaut Joseph Allen recently made the observation that exploring the Moon in the 1960s was never really about … Continue reading

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Project Apollo and Technological Versimilitude


There is no question that the success of Project Apollo in the 1960s helped to create a culture of competence for NASA that translated into a level of confidence in American capability, and especially in the ability of government to … Continue reading

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A Chronology of Key Space Anniversaries for 2014


There are many anniversaries every year, some truly significant and others of a more mundane nature. What follows is a short chronology of anniversaries taking place in 2014 relating to the spaceflight community. It is not an exhaustive list, but … Continue reading

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Tooting My Own Horn: One of My Articles is on ScienceDirect as One of the Most Downloaded Articles


I received in the e-mail recently notification that my article, “Why Go to the Moon?The Many Faces of Lunar Policy,” was one of the top twenty-five most downloaded articles from Acta Astronautica 70 (January–February 2012): 165–75, the journal where it appeared. … Continue reading

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Earthrise: The 45th Anniversary


This is very Cool. My friend and colleague Andy Chaikin has narrated this account of how the astronauts of Apollo 8 in December 1968 took the famous “Earthrise” photograph that is one of the most iconic images of the twentieth … 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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Redirect: “Apollo Lunar Landings Multiscreen” Video


This is pretty neat. This video depicts simultaneously the landing of all six Apollo missions that reached the lunar surface between 1969 and 1972. The compiler took all of the video from the Lunar Module and realligned them to 45 degrees … 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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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Inventing the American Astronaut”


Inventing the American Astronaut. By Matthew H. Hersch. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. x + 219 pp., illus., notes, selected bibliography, index. ISBN 978-1-137-02528-9. $27.00 (paperback). Matthew H. Hersch takes on an exploration of the work life of the American astronauts … Continue reading

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