50 Years Ago: the first woman in space!

On June 19th, 1963, Valentina Tereshkova returned to earth after three days and 49 orbits. making her the first woman to travel in outer space. Her landing near Baevo, Altai was quite rough.   Since the parachute canopy was huge and lines very long, there was hardly any way to control it as she hit […]

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Cosmonaut Postcards – The Vostok Missions

Vostok 1 - (12 Apr 1961)  Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space.   Vostok 2 - (6 Aug 1961)  Gherman Titov, the first man to spend one day in space.     Vostok 3 – (11 Aug 1962)  Andriyan Nikolaev, first simultaneous flight of two manned spacecraft.     Vostok 4 – (11 Aug 1962)  Pavel Popavich, first […]

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Skipping Rocks Across the Solar System

Zing!   Asteroid 2012 BX34 has just skipped by Earth, coming within 30,000 miles.   That’s only 0.17 Lunar Orbit distance.   Pretty close shave.    Meanwhile, it’s a heck of a lot of fun to play with the NASA three dimensional orbit viewer, which animates our solar system by a selection of speeds and centers.   Check out the […]

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Year of the Dragon, off to a fire-breathing start!

Our sun blasted out an amazing breath of dragon’s fire yesterday, the largest solar Coronal Mass Ejection event in seven years!   Arriving this morning, the blast of cosmic rays ruffled our hair at the staff meeting, and no doubt set a few embedded devices on the fritz, but fortunately not much else went wrong. […]

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Solaris Soundtrack Artwork

The haunting soundtrack by Eduard Artemyev for the masterpiece SF film Solaris has been floating around the inter-tubes.   I didn’t really care for any of the existing DVD or CD cover artwork, so I cooked up my own custom cover from a still showing Kris Kelvin walking through the circular hall of the space station. […]

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Encapsulated Man

“Behold the astronaut, fully equipped for duty: a scaly creature, more like an oversized ant than a primate — certainly not a naked god.  To survive on the moon he must be encased in an even more heavily insulated garment, and become a kind of faceless ambulatory mummy.  While he is hurtling through space the […]

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