A selection from an ongoing photography project—seven years and counting—leading up to the launch of the Orion project.
Sunday, October 23rd, 2016
Tuesday, August 30th, 2016
A brief history of space concept art—Norman Rockwell, Chesney Bonestell, Robert McCall, Pat Rawlings, David Meltzer …all the classics.
Wednesday, July 27th, 2016
Never let fear get in the way! Don’t be afraid to continue even when things appear to be impossible, even when the so-called “experts” say it is impossible. Don’t be afraid to stand alone, to be different, to be wrong, to make and admit mistakes, for only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
Tuesday, July 12th, 2016
Moonscape is a free and freely shareable high-definition documentary about the first manned Moon landing. Funded and produced by space enthusiasts from all over the world, it shows the full Apollo 11 landing and moonwalk, using only the original audio, TV and film footage and the original photographs, rescanned and restored from the best available sources, with full English subtitles (other languages will follow).
Friday, July 8th, 2016
Margaret Hamilton’s code after scanning and transcribing.
Tuesday, September 29th, 2015
This is so, so wonderful—hundreds and hundreds of photographs from all of the Apollo missions. Gorgeous!
The shots of Earth take my breath away.
Sunday, August 23rd, 2015
An old-school styleguide.
Thursday, February 19th, 2015
A beautiful website for ISS-based biology experiments.
Friday, December 19th, 2014
Airships in the atmosphere of Venus. More plausible than it might sound at first.
Thursday, June 12th, 2014
Design fiction from a NASA scientist.
Saturday, May 24th, 2014
A free PDF download from NASA on all things SETI, specifically the challenges of interspecies interstellar communication.
Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
A really nice piece on Robert McCall, who was artist-in-residence at NASA and worked as conceptual artist on Kubrick and Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Saturday, January 26th, 2013
Gorgeous colour-processed images from NASA probes. I could stare at the fountains of Enceladus all day.
Sunday, December 9th, 2012
Gorgeous pictures from the Suomi satellite, just released by NASA
Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
Bomp. bomp. bomp. Satelloon of love. Bomp. bomp. bomp. Satelloon of love.
Monday, November 14th, 2011
A round-up of the hacks from this weekend’s Science Hack Day in San Francisco. Sounds like it was great!
Sunday, November 13th, 2011
One of the opening lightning talks at Science Hack Day in San Francisco by Sean Herron of NASA.
Sunday, April 24th, 2011
The plan to get Curiosity Rover onto the surface of Mars (ignore the cheesy sound effects in space).
Wednesday, December 1st, 2010
When I was gushing enthusiastically about Old Weather, I tried (and failed) to explain what it is that makes it so damn brilliant. I’ve just experienced some of that same brilliance. This time the source is Spacelog:
Read the stories of early space exploration from the original NASA transcripts. Now open to the public in a searchable, linkable format.
The beauty of the idea is matched in the execution. Everything about the visual design helps to turn something that was previously simply information into an immersive, emotional experience. It’s one thing to know that these incredible events took place, it’s another to really feel it.
Apollo 13 and Mercury 6 are just the start. If you want to help turn more transcripts into an emotionally engaging work of hypertext, everything is available under a public domain license and all the code is available on Github. Transcripts are available for Gemini 6, Apollo 8, and Apollo 11.
I can’t wait to read Charlie Duke as hypertext.
This is a truly excellent project: transcribing and archiving the transmissions of historic space missions. Excellent!