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Adding Glitz to NASA: the Interstellar Probe

Hmm, what should NASA do next after the spectacular Curiosity mission?  A solar observer?  Seen that.  A lunar orbiter?  Like the ones China and India already did?  A Mars orbiter?  Like the several that are already there?    Even I … Continue reading

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The Inspiring “Pale Blue Dot” and the Clunky New Horizons

I recently came across a striking animation of Carl Sagan’s famous passage from his last book “Pale Blue Dot”: Pale Blue Dot from ORDER on Vimeo. He’s commenting on this picture, taken at his request by Voyager 1 in 1990 … Continue reading

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“BLAST!” and Good, Cheap Science

“BLAST!” is a documentary about the Balloon-Borne Large Aperture Sub-millimeter Telescope, and it  opens with this teaser: The telescope is that huge instrument on the end of crane.   It’s supposed to measure light in the far infrared from the early … Continue reading

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The Moon Is Dull

Last summer there were two movies partially set on the Moon: “Transformers: the Dark of the Moon” and “Apollo 18”.  In the first, the Apollo program has a secret agenda to explore alien robots that are discovered there.  In the … Continue reading

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The Robot Population of Deep Space

In 1978 I heard Carl Sagan speak at MIT.   The two most important space probes ever, Voyager 1 and 2, had just launched the year before, and  Sagan had been deeply involved with them.  It was his idea to do … Continue reading

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The End of the Shuttle and the Start of Nothing

So last Friday I watched the liftoff of the last Space Shuttle on the NASA feed in my office.  I saw it for real once in 1992, when I went down to Florida just for the show.  I had just … Continue reading

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Russians Get It Done

The Sep 2010 issue of IEEE Spectrum has a nice example of how  determination beats technology.  The article is  “A Digital Soyuz” by James Oberg, and discusses how the Russians have upgraded their main manned spacecraft.  They’ve replaced the main … Continue reading

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