Okay, I think I’m going to have to get this pack of three notebooks: Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo.
Monday, July 2nd, 2018
Monday, December 11th, 2017
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.
Thursday, December 7th, 2017
Relive the final trip to the moon with Geno and the crew of Apollo 17 …(real)timeshifted by 45 years.
Saturday, December 2nd, 2017
I want to build websites that perform this well.
On Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, Voyager engineers fired up the four TCM thrusters for the first time in 37 years and tested their ability to orient the spacecraft using 10-millisecond pulses. The team waited eagerly as the test results traveled through space, taking 19 hours and 35 minutes to reach an antenna in Goldstone, California, that is part of NASA’s Deep Space Network.
Lo and behold, on Wednesday, Nov. 29, they learned the TCM thrusters worked perfectly — and just as well as the attitude control thrusters.
Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
Friday, August 18th, 2017
Monday, June 12th, 2017
The following film describes an unusual motion picture now being produced in London for release all over the world, starting in early 1967.
Sunday, October 23rd, 2016
A selection from an ongoing photography project—seven years and counting—leading up to the launch of the Orion project.
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.