Saturday, January 21, 2017

Keeper of the Gap

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows Saturn's tiny shepherd moon Daphnis as imaged by the hard-working Cassini orbiter. As the mission winds down, NASA and JPL are taking a few chances.

Buckle up for the ride.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Touching History

The last of the Apollo astronauts to walk on the Moon (hopefully, not the last person ever) has passed away.

Dark Planet

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows the night skies over the Earth...from over the Earth. "Mouseover" the image (in the link) of the International Space Station to get a guide to what you are seeing.

Monday, January 16, 2017


Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day is a short video showing satellites in geosynchronous orbit moving through the constellation of Orion.

Close to Tears...

Was Clarke disappointed with the film of 2001: A Space Odyssey? This recollection probably (well, yes definitely) should be taken with some grains of salt. We no longer can ask Kubrick or Clarke for their recollections, but this contradicts the thousands of words written by them, or others involved with the production, or covering the production.

Update: A different posting of the same article throws a different light in emphasis.

Saturday, January 14, 2017


Science Fiction and Fantasy author David Weber talks about the worldbuilding work of several authors. Some great stuff here (like Barbara Hambly).

Stardust Molecules

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day brings us NGC 1333 and associated nebula. Stars, dust and complex molecules combine to bring a thing of wonder.

Into the Deeps

A look at our deep-space efforts.


A chart showing current (and a few proposed) lift vehicles.


Cover art for a 1966 Revell model of Gemini IV and a spacewalking Ed White. That was a great kit!

Thursday, January 12, 2017


An interesting look at a game series that has caught my eye: The COIN series from GMT Games.

(The image above is more than COIN, but you get an idea of where my buying habits have been the past two years!)

Dusty Edges

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows NGC 891 in the constellation of Andromeda (home of Messier 31). Seen edge-on, the more familiar spiral shape you see in Messier 31 is changed to a view of the stars and obscuring dust clouds embedded in the spiral.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Insert Obligatory Star Wars Reference Here

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day comes courtesy of the long-running Cassini orbiter, now in the final stages of the mission. Saturn's moon Mimas displays crater Herschel with a very visible large central peak. Death Star, anyone?

Downtown Mars

And a busy day on Mars as well, also thanks to Robert McCall.