Thank You Neil Armstrong

It was an awesome day on July 20, 1969 when Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins reached the Moon. My parents watched with bated breath as Armstrong stepped out on the lunar surface. I don’t remember a moment of it. That’s because I was only 10 days old. However, I know it was an [...]

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WIP: Work in Progress

So July 27 came and went – not noticed in the anniversary/milestone category. But it marked the # anniversary of the Korean War Armistice. I didn’t know that date off the top of my head, it was a small item buried on an inside page in the Bangor Daily News. I happened to be out [...]

The end of space camp.

So I finally finished Andrew Kessler’s “Martian Summer”. And as schools begin to let out for summer vacation here in the sultry Northeast (temperatures are expected to hit 90 and higher tomorrow) I can’t help but think how cool it would be to spend 90 days with NASA like Kessler. Obviously that’s not going to [...]

Lonely planets

According to nature.com there are a lot of lonely planets wandering around the universe with no host planet, not discernible orbit. Many scientists and astronomers say these planets, some actually outnumber “normal” planets like Earth. Earth has the Sun after all. Some of these planets might be orbiting stars in galaxies far, far away – [...]

Thomas Jefferson: environmentalist?

I came across this very interesting tidit on Stephen Goddard’s blog “Real Science.”

“Jefferson was worried about declining snow cover, rivers no longer freezing, crop losses due to climate change ….” Goddard wrote. Clearly President Thomas Jefferson worried about climate change in 1801.

As Goddard points out using Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia, [...]

Royal sendoff for Endeavour?

Today hundreds of thousands gathered in Florida to watch Endeavour take flight. It marks the last time… already museums around the country are making plans for housing and displaying the shuttle fleet. We hear stories of astronauts who want to fly more, who feel they haven’t flown enough.

Today hundreds of thousands gather in London [...]

Yuri Gagarin’s call to action.

Fifty years ago this Tuesday Americans watched, humiliated, as the Soviet Union launched Yuri Gagarin into space. The Soviet air force pilot, just 27-years-old, became the first human to venture into space. Though his mission was just 108 minutes long, it sparked a space race. In same ways Yuri Gagarin served as the call to [...]

Rocket Man: From PayPal to payloads

Well, now that the last shuttle mission is about to be launched – by about to I mean in a couple of weeks or so – NASA will most definitely need someone, or something, to ferry its astronauts to space.

It seems that Space Exploration Technology would like to fill the void. The company, also [...]

Meteorite Men

Spring is officially here. But with yesterdays morning’s snowfall and this morning’s frost I must say I’m not quite convinced. Still, those of us living in New England are starting to see grass for the first time in what seems like years. And for those of us getting ready for a bit of spring cleanup, [...]

Modern Day Benjamin Silliman

When researching and writing “A Professor, a President, and a Meteor” – or as some readers have dubbed it “That Meteor Book” I was quite taken with Benjamin Silliman’s ability to connect with not only scholars, but lay people as well. I kept thinking, if only I had had such a science teacher when I [...]