Readercon 2009: Apollo 11 and Science Fiction

**Update**  Terrific Photo Spread in Boston Globe – Big Picture Did SF become irrelevant after the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969?  This panel explored the relationship between the Apollo program and SF, and the ways in which SF did or didn’t live up to its visionary potentials after manned space flight became a reality.  […]

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Aloha Mars, Can-D gram for Perky Pat!

Given the opportunity, I just couldn’t resist sending a little micro-chipped token of my affection to my favorite sub-miniaturized phantasm on Mars.  Aloha,  Perky Pat!  How’s the water at Lake Shalbatana?  Thanks to NASA, you too can send a Can-D gram to the red planet!   Don’t be Chew-Z, sign up today! http://mars9.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/participate/sendyourname/index.cfm

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1950s Astronauts Testing Spacesuits

By far the most downloaded images from Yunchtime are the astronaut and cosmonaut photos from the 1960 edition of Das Bildbuch der Weltraum Fahrt that I picked up in Vienna.  So I thought I should scan a few more.   This series features the extreme temperature tests conducted on U.S. spacesuits during the 1950s, and an […]

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Orienteering on Mars

Finding your way around Mars just got a whole lot easier!  The European Space Agency has just released thumbnail images of their lush cartography of the red planet.   The glimpse above is from a 1:50,000 map of Iani Chaos region, with 50 meter contour intervals. **Link to ESA Mars Hiking Maps Thanks to Don Nadeau […]

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We need a new racket!

Boys, it says here that GoogleMoon is buying up all the prospecting claims from Tycho all the way over to von Braun.    With the kind of muscle those guys are bringing in, our little stake will be washed up.  I’d say we need a new racket!

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Visual Trope: the Alien Encounter

On this snowbound Solstice weekend in New England, I happened to be reading reviews of The Day The Earth Stood Still remake, and pondering the ways in which humans have envisioned our first contact with alien life forms.   Without going too heavily into the subject, I pondered the range of human-alien frission typically presented in […]

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What’s in the Air Over Saturn?

Interesting images captured by Cassini show us the sky over Saturn’s north pole, spanned by a hexagon of clouds in fixed rotation with the gas giant.  The scientists at NASA aren’t quite sure what is causing this phenomenon, unknown on any other planet in our solar system.   Still, doesn’t it make you wonder what […]

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