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Friday, November 10, 2017

Tell Mr. Kraft - would he believe M equals 1.


Dick Gordon's first spaceflight was the first-ever direct-ascent rendezvous.

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Wow, Did I Space On This

Pretty telling about where my attention has been of late, I didn't even notice that Apollo 12 CMP Dick Gordon died this week.  Godspeed, sir.

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Thursday, November 09, 2017

Billions And Billions Of Cells Were Born Today

Happy Birthday, Carl.  You were a wacky, imperfect dude who taught me a lot about the Cosmos.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Cats In Space

We miss our cats.  Some time I'll tell you the story behind it all.  In the meantime, read about Félicette, France's first feline in space.

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Friday, October 06, 2017

I, For One, Welcome Our Future Alien Overlords

It's funny because it's true:

A Wyoming man accused of public intoxication allegedly told police he traveled from the year 2048 to warn mankind of an impending invasion by extraterrestrials.

Be nice if they could hurry the fuck up.

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

I Like Her Numbers


Happy 99th Birthday, Katherine Johnson.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

TDC

Eclipse with Object:

There is a spectacle and something is added to history.
It has as its object an indiscretion: old age, a
gun, the prevention of sleep.
 
I am placed in its stead
and the requisite shadow is yours.
It casts across me, a violent coat.
 
It seems I fit into its sleeve.
So the body wanders.
Sometime it goes where light does not reach.
 
You recall how they moved in the moon dust? Hop, hop.
What they said to us from that distance was stupid.
They did not say I love you for example.
 
The spectacle has been placed in my room.
Can you hear its episode trailing,
pretending to be a thing with variegated wings?
 
Do you know the name of this thing?
It is a rubbing from an image.
The subject of the image is that which trespasses.
 
You are invited to watch. The body
in complete dark casting nothing back.
The thing turns and flicks and opens.

Ann Lauterbach.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Here Comes The Earth

A nice vignette about Voyager's Golden Record on a nice, sunny day.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Horatio Hatchblower


Gus really wasn't squirmy, but the long-term ironies of his 1st spaceflight did "in the final analysis" prevent him from evaluating "the moon in terms understandable to other men" like Neil did.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

And I Still Call Her 'Buzz' In My Mind


How do I know it's almost Sadie's birfday?  Today was 11's launch.  (CBS fascists have disabled embedding, so NASA's HD is on tap, but click the link for Cronkite and crew.)

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Why Do I Have To Wait Four Days?

Juno flew by the Red Spot a few hours ago, but I can't see pics until Bastille Day?  Thanks, Trump!

Oh, have I been following Juno for a while?  Naturally, Jupiter's my fave, as you well know...

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Sunday, July 02, 2017

It's Been A Long Way

But we're here.

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* 14th Blegiversary: wanna help feed our oxen? *

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Saturday, June 03, 2017

Looks Like A Beauty


First American spacewalk on this mission, launched on this date!

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Why does Rice play Texas?


What a loser.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Not Lost In Space


We is go, and we is paving the way, Charlie.

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Friday, May 05, 2017

This is Freedom Seven


The fuel is go, 1.2g cabin at 14 psi, oxygen is go...

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

The First 534 Days

I'll bet Astronaut Whitson wishes she could stay up there until 2020:

President Donald Trump, his daughter, Ivanka, and NASA astronaut Kate Rubins will call NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson from the Oval Office on Monday to congratulate Whitson on her record-breaking stay on the International Space Station.

NASA says Whitson on Monday will officially set the US record for most cumulative days in space, surpassing astronaut Jeff Williams' record of 534 days.
Whitson arrived at the space station for her current stint on November 19, 2016, and is due to return to Earth in September.
 
 
Whitson also is the first woman to command the space station; she has commanded it twice. Her first stint as commander was in April 2008 and she's commanding the current crew.
She also holds the record for most spacewalks by a female astronaut. Whitson took her eighth spacewalk in March.
Whitson's 20-minute call with President Trump will air live on NASA Television and will be streamed on the agency's website and Facebook page at 10 a.m. ET.

At least Trump hasn't killed everything that is good at NASA yet, like Nixon did...

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Looking At The Comet Bennett


Just before the problem.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

We know. Sit down.


They've got a man up there. It's Gagarin.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Ken Mattingly Was Glad To Be Re-accommodated


Nobody dragged him away from 13, beaten and bloody.

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