Thursday, June 23, 2016

Landing Zone



Launched by the United States to help its return of crewed missions to the Moon, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is helping to determine a landing site to be explored by a future Russian rover.

City



Two-time Fourth Hoarseman Paul Weimer takes a look at Clifford D. Simak and his most famous fix-up: City.

Commerical Space

Is there a market for a "commercial" space station? One former NASA space station manager seems to think so.


(Addendum: And how to service a commercial space station? How about an increasing fleet of commercial vehicles?)

Solstice Moon

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day brings us the dawn of the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere along with the setting full Moon.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tales of the Future



An in-depth look at Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, concentrating on...oddly enough...fonts. But with plenty of other interesting bits as well!

Less is More



Minimalism. Is it making a comeback?

//looks around at a room with a part of a multi-thousand volume book collection// O.K., maybe not here.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Amateur Photo

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day appears to have been done by a non-professional astronomer. Let me pick my jaw up off of the floor.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Crescent at the Edge

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day is a hauntingly beautiful shot from the New Horizons probe of a waning crescent "dwarf" planet Pluto.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Comes the Red Horse

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows the Horsehead Nebula (one of the most difficult things I ever hunted in my backyard; I'm still not 100% sure I got it!) in infrared light, courtesy of the Hubble Space Telescope.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Night on the Planet of Love

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day brings us a view of the night side of Venus, as imaged in infrared by JAXA's Akatsuki probe (which spent a long five years arriving at its destination).

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Peeking into the Sound Stage

It won't convince those who think the whole space race ended on a sound stage in California (or at Area 51), but today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows Surveyor 1 on the plains of the Ocean of Storms,

Friday, June 3, 2016

The Dog and the Whale

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows NGC 4631, popularly known as The Whale Galaxy. The dog? The dog is the constellation: Canes Venatici, the hunting dogs.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

It's Nice to Have the Big Toys

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows three of our neighbors as imaged from a (cough) small ground-based observatory. (What detail!!!!!)

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Nobody Tell the Colonel

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows IC2944 in the constellation of Centaurus, popularly known as the "Running Chicken Nebula".