Category Archives: Space Exploration

Seeing the Future Dimly

By David L. Brown One of the news websites, Fox News (here), today featured excerpts from a number of predictions made 25 years ago by “science thinkers,” predicting conditions in our time of 2012. I recognize the names of most … Continue reading

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Mars Curiosity Rover Lands Safely

By David L. Brown If you didn’t watch the live feed from the Jet Propulsion Lab last night as the new Mars Rover, Curiosity, made its entry and landing, you missed one of the great moments in space exploration history. … Continue reading

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Curious About Mars? Tomorrow’s the Big Day

By David L. Brown Tomorrow the newest Mars rover, Curiosity, is set to land on the Red Planet. If all goes well, it will set down through an incredible series of engineering steps. In the final stage, the massive rover … Continue reading

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One-way Trip to Mars Is Not ‘Suicide’

By David L. Brown In the news today are headlines about a “suicide” mission to Mars being planned by a private company. Here is a link to an article at Fox News about the plans announced by the Dutch company … Continue reading

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Hawking Again Calls for Star Trek Future

By David L. Brown Stephen Hawking, one of the world’s most celebrated scientists, has once again stated that “the long-term future of the human race must be in space.” According to a report on CNN.com/europe, Hawking recently said: “It will … Continue reading

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A New Superpower Flexes Its Muscle

By David L. Brown As the world churns and turns it seems that hardly a day goes past without the results of some horrible oversight or lack of foresight coming to light. The flavor of the week today is the … Continue reading

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Does Our Future Require Star Trek Technology?

By David L. Brown Well, Stephen Hawking is at it again, with a prediction that humankind “will need to venture far beyond planet Earth to ensure the long-term survival of our species,” according to a story in The Telegraph (here). … Continue reading

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Space Proponents Sounding Truly Desperate

by Val Germann This writer is old enough to remember Sputnik and the galvanizing effect it had on the United States.  The Cold War with the Russians had suddenly been extended into space and the Evil Empire had a little … Continue reading

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Living, or Rather Dying, in Space

by Val Germann Four years ago the current commander of the International Space Station, Pavel Vinogradov, was here in Missouri and visited Morrison Observatory in Fayette. He gave a talk, through an interpreter, to a group of students and interested … Continue reading

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Shuttle to Launch but It’s China Taking Off

by Val Germann This afternoon NASA’s space shuttle will, weather permitting, be launched on a very important mission to the International Space Station. This writer hopes that all goes well with the flight and that he gets to see the … Continue reading

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