Elements of our lives undoubtedly impact not only what we read but how we read it. Growing up during the Gemini and Apollo programs left me with a continued interest in space-related topics. Later training in a “just the facts ma’am” approach to journalism tends to leave me feeling terms like “creative nonfiction” have more [...]
Imagine the proverbial search for the needle in the haystack. Fortunately, anyone searching knows what a needle is. Multiply the strands of hay billions of times and you’re approaching one of the haystacks in which those in search of extraterrestrial life are working. Yet their effort struggles with a fundamental question: How do you define [...]
Given developments in technology and other issues confronting the world, no one should probably be surprised. Yet considering the state of technoogy when it occurred, it’s a shame that even in the last decade the moon landing has lost some its shine.
According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, fewer people today list space [...]
My guess is the headache medication hasn’t been dispensed this heavily in NASA’s HR and PR departments since Lisa Nowak’s adventures in February. These two stories — worker sabotages computer destined for International Space Station and employee embezzles $150,000 — are bad enough. This one, though, is horrendous. A panel reviewing astronaut health issues as [...]
I wanted to mention a couple of neat space-related links I stumbled across over the last couple days.
One site features the sounds of space while another part of the site has recordings from various space missions. (Via Amy on the Web.). I’ve heard a CD of space sounds before but am not sure if [...]
Interesting watching the space shuttle Discovery land through the eye of infrared cameras this morning. Even more interesting, though, is how, after almost 100 flights in 24 years, the NASA spin has moved the shuttle from a workhorse to an “experimental space vehicle.” Even with that status accorded it, let’s hope the grounding of the [...]
NASA is halting future shuttle flights after learning a chunk of insulating foam broke off Discovery’s external fuel tank during launch. This is a problem similar to what caused the Columbia disaster.
So far it looks like Discovery doesn’t have any problems but the NYT had an interesting observation in an article today:
The more [...]
At least a pleasant diversion from what’s happening on this planet:
PASADENA, Calif. (Reuters) – Europe’s Huygens space probe landed on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, on Friday, sending back signals that it made a safe descent and its scientific experiments in the mysterious atmosphere had gone as planned.Parachutes designed to smooth its approach deployed on [...]