Earthrise simulation

Using newly-obtained topography data from the Lunar Reconnaisciance Orbiter, Nasa animator (stop and think for a second how cool a job that would be) Ernie Wright reconstructed the famous Earthrise scene from Apollo 8, which I wrote about here. Check out the awesome animation!

Requiem for the Space Program

“Requiem”, though we tend to think of the word in reference to a Catholic Mass said (or sung) for the dead, literally means “rest”. ¬†And that’s the way I think of the United States space program, at rest. On Tuesday the Space Shuttle Discovery cruised into Washington, DC, buzzed the monuments a few times, and…

The Other Stars of the Titanic Tragedy

My wife and daughter and I visited the Titanic exhibition at the National Geographic Society yesterday, and on the way in we were interviewed by a local CBS radio reporter. I’m afraid we didn’t have that much interesting to say. We weren’t aware of any anniversary (at least, not that it was yesterday in particular)…

Excursion to Moab

My day job recently took me to Denver, Colorado, for a workshop and conference. When I first found out about it, I got a map and started looking at reasonable weekend excursions. I found that Moab, Utah was about six hours away. In eastern miles, that’s quite far, about the length of time it takes…