This is so cool—Ariel was on BBC World TV News live during the Artemis launch!
I listen to a lot of podcast episodes. The latest episode of the User Defenders podcast (which is very different from the usual fare) is one of my favourites—the life and times of a NASA engineer working on everything from Apollo to the space shuttle.
You know how they say it doesn’t take a rocket scientist? Well, my Dad is one. On a recent vacation to Florida to celebrate his 80th birthday, he spent nearly three hours telling me his compelling story.
A profile of Chesley Bonestell. It’s amazing to think how much of his work was produced before we had even left this planet.
45 years ago today.
Forget Hyperloop: this is some truly mindblowing technology from Elon Musk. In this latest test, the Grasshopper from SpaceX shows off its lateral movement for a reusable rocket.
Combine that with the sheer power of Falcon Heavy and you’ve got some amazing design and engineering.
The Ballardian beauty of a dying Baikonour.
A terrific little conspiracy theory short story from Charles Stross set at last year’s (very real) 100 Year Starship gathering.
A masterplan for the moon as a global cemetery. Launch the ashes of your loved ones to the moon (leaving the buckyball container in lunarstationary orbit). Given enough ashes and enough buckyballs, the result is a fertile surface and a atmosphere-trapping layer of fullerine. Terraforming via recycled humans.
Or, if that’s too long-term for you, you can buy a scale-model moon jewel.
This remains one of the greatest pieces of documentary footage ever filmed.
So long, Juno. Call me when you get to Jupiter.
Space stasis: What the strange persistence of rockets can teach us about innovation. - By Neal Stephenson - Slate Magazine
An excellent historical overview of rocketry by Neal Stephenson.
Gravity's rainbow on a Google map.
Even though it breaks up after just two seconds in the air, the moment of take-off is pretty awesome.
This is the first picture of Earth taken from space, specifically from a V2 rocket 60 miles up.
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