Space Craft

One of the things that NASA and the Russian Federal Space Agency have each proven over and over again is that astro/cosmonauts are the best construction workers in and off this world. In my mind, there is only one reason for us to send people into space for non-commercial purposes is to build or repair things. These belief leaves me with very mixed emotions right now. I am incredibly proud folks currently orbiting the Earth. These ten...

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A new day rises on other Worlds

Posted By on May 17, 2007

We seem to be entering a renaissance age of planetary science. Using the great observatories of the Earth (on and off the surface), scientists are discovering new worlds of every imaginable shape and size. More locally, we are building space craft to explore our solar system. New Horizons is on its way past Jupiter as it heads to the Kuiper Belt and the non-planet Pluto. Phoenix has been delivered to Florida, its layover station as it...

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The Sky *was* Falling

Posted By on Mar 28, 2007

On Monday, March 26, a Chilean flight to New Zealand was almost struck by falling bits of space something. The pilot of the flight noted he could see burning up materials both in front and behind the flight. (Information obtained from numerous news sources). Some reports attributed the falling carnage to a Progress M-58 burning up through the atmosphere as it returned from the International Space Station, or at least insinuated as...

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Flying Metal Bits

Posted By on Jan 24, 2007

A quick fly through the nearby universe will show you, well, a whole lot of nothing. But, embedded in the nearest bits of that nothing are 8 spectacular planets, dozens of moons, and hundreds of random bits of rock and ice that, depending on where they orbit, fall into such categories as asteroids, Kuiper belt objects, and comets. Somewhat randomly distributed around (and sometimes on) these celestial objects are little bits of flying...

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