Saturday, December 3, 2016

Quality Issues

A shrinking budget, an aging and shrinking workforce, management issues and inattention probably aren't a good things when your product is a launch vehicle.

First Mission

The first crewed mission for NASA's Orion sounds interesting and finally gets us away from Low Earth Orbit, but why does it always seem to me that the planned date keeps creeping into the future?

Monday, October 31, 2016

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Twenty-First Century Vehicles

Depictions of crewed vehicles in our current century. Some flight-proven, some under testing or completely hypothetical.

Touring the Solar System

A poster depicting all of the robotic explorers of our Solar System.

Sunday, October 9, 2016


A sketch (colored magic marker?) by Robert McCall of a lunar colony. I recall a bunch of these appearing in a magazine (newspaper Sunday supplement?) in the 1970's.


David Hardy takes us to Enceladus. A plume in the foreground, Saturn dominates the sky.


Michael Carroll depicts the Galileo orbiter on approach to Jupiter, passing the small "potato moon" of Amalthea.

Return Journey

Artwork by Pat Rawlings showing private and government space stations in orbit around the Moon and a Earth-bound shuttle heading home.

Entry Interface

Uncredited art from 1968 showing the Apollo Command Module re-entering the atomosphere.

Dream Mighty Things

The SLS, Blue Glenn and now the ever-growing SpaceX family.

What's Up in the Solar System?

What's up in the solar system in terms of robotic exploration for October? (More than a few days behind in my posting, like much of my life right now.)

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Quest for the Homeworld

An article talking about E.C. Tubb and his most famous series: Dumarest of Terra. Stretching well over thirty (relatively thin) books, short on character, long on fantastic ideas, the series contributed to GDW's SF-RPG Traveller.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Durable Good

Here is a venerable ("old ass" give me a break) Commodore 64 that has been in use for over twenty-five years.

Now that is a durable good (says the man who still has a slide rule collection).

Wait! No dust cover on the keyboard? What?

Monday, September 12, 2016

Oblique Tools

Can a tool for musicians be of use to a critic of food? Apparently, yes.

Also worth reading for the description of what happens in a restaurant when the critic is recognized.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Hide and Seek

We watched as it landed. We watched as it tried to explore. We waited and listened when contact was lost. Now, as the ESA Rosetta comet probe reaches the end of mission (and will itself terminate on the same body), comet lander Philae has been located on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.


What's this? Oh, nothing. Just the sounds of aurora from another planet.