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Rand Simberg’s Book

Rand Simberg says that, if we were serious about space development, we’d be losing more people doing it. He put his thoughts together in a book, which I helped support through his Kickstarter campaign. I even reference it in a … Continue reading

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Scary Moments in Orbit

There’s something horror-movie like about your helmet filling with water. I’ll be very curious to hear about the final investigation results on this, but the engineer in me can’t help but wonder about the dynamics of the water itself, like … Continue reading

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A Little Higher…

SpaceX continues their testing of Grasshopper, this time to 325m. These flights are important, but they’ll soon run out of things to learn in the (relatively) simple up/down flights. The real envelope expansion will take place when they start shutting … Continue reading

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So, we Celebrate Round Numbers

10,000 Near Earth Asteroids.

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Merry Christmas from SpaceX!

Another early step in reusable transportation into space!

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Mars Plans Leaking out

Not a huge surprise for those who’ve been paying attention, but Elon said in a speech that SpaceX’s Mars craft will fly by burning methane. It has the advantages of higher specific impulse than kerosene at an easier storage temperature … Continue reading

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A Star Rising in the East…

Comet Lovejoy continues to dazzle the Southern Hemisphere. Enjoy your particular holiday related to the Winter Solstice.

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A case of the Screaming Heebie Jeebies!

I’ll be at The National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center on Saturday participating in their Air&Scare event.  My job will be to talk about the sky falling in the form of meteorites.  Turns out, one of my samples will … Continue reading

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9/11 From Space

Giving new meaning to eye in the sky.

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Lucy IS in the Sky…

A planet dense enough that the best explanation is that it’s made of crystalline carbon, aka diamond.

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