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Governing Antarctica: A Continent Dedicated to Science or a Place of Geopolitical Rivalry?


In many respects, the history of cooperation and collaboration in Antarctic science mirrors the larger story of how the various great powers have interrelated since the conclusion of World War II. If one were to characterize it accurately throughout the … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Body Politic”


The Body Politic: The Battle over Science in America. By Jonathan D. Moreno. New York: Bellevue Literary Press, 2011. There are powerful debates in the land, debates over science and policy, over philosophy and knowledge, 07over the nature of the … Continue reading

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How Do Space Activities Contribute to Our Daily Lives?


I was recently asked this question, how do space activities contribute to our daily lives? I must confess that I have been asked it many times previously. Virtually every time this question is asked, however, it is because the person … Continue reading

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Notes on an Important Book: Ross Gelbspan’s “Boiling Point”


Boiling Point: How Politicians, Big Oil and Coal, Journalists, and Activists Have Fueled the Climate Crisis—and What We Can Do to Avert Disaster. By Ross Gelbspan. New York: Basic Books, 2004. The author of this book, journalist Ross Gelbspan, sounds … Continue reading

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Ad Astra! The Lemelson Center/NASA Space History Division Innovation in Space Symposium


Mark your calendars for November 18-19, 2011, when the National Museum of American History’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation and the Division of Space History of the National Air and Space Museum will co-sponsor a completely … Continue reading

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Course Syllabus for “Spaceflight and Society: Exploring the History of the Final Frontier”


Beginning on August 31 I started teaching as an adjunct instructor at the Johns Hopkins University. The course is “Spaceflight and Society: Exploring the History of the Final Frontier.” Only one class meeting thus far, but it has been great … Continue reading

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The Legacy of the International Polar Years and the International Geophysical Year


I have been participating in a workshop organized by the National Academies with the subject, “Legacies and Lessons of International Polar Year 2007-2008.” In preparation for that workshop each participant was asked to write up some comment on the legacy … Continue reading

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My Role in the Workshop on “Chemical Weather and Chemical Climate: Body, Place, Planet in Historical Perspective”


I attended recently at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia a fascinating workshop, “Chemical Weather and Chemical Climate: Body, Place, Planet in Historical Perspective.” Organized by my friend and colleague James Rodger Fleming of Colby College, Waterville, Maine, this workshop … Continue reading

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Our Visit to Biosphere 2


Last Wednesday, March 9, 2011, Monique Laney and I visited Biosphere 2 during a trip to Tucson, Arizona. It’s a place I had wanted to see for several years but just never had the opportunity. I had written a bit … Continue reading

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A Chronology of Key Spaceflight Anniversaries for 2011


2011 is a year containing many important anniversaries in space history. I have compiled a basic list of key anniversaries, some of which are already past. Many of the most important, however, are coming soon, especially the upcoming fiftieth anniversaries … Continue reading

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