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What Earth’s journey through space means to us, homo sapiens!

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Olivia Judson often offers thoughts that are based on science and common sense. Here’s one from her science essay in today’s NY Times:

A pedant has pointed out that our journey ’round the sun is only seemingly endless, and that we’ve only got another four or five billion years to go before the sun turns into a red giant and engulfs us. He’s right; but a few billion years is so long that it feels endless to me.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/12/30 at 10:37

Yesterday it was images of fowl, but today

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it’s a still skitched from a NASA video of our Galaxy:

Here’s a link to the video!

 

 

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/11/11 at 04:36

A few weeks ago I posted here about the aborting of India’s Moon shot

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But according to this report the mission was 95% successful even if it was aborted.

So if my posting may have implied a failed space program the latest indicates that India is very much in the space business for profit too. The lead is “India launches seven satellites”.

So much for too hasty premonitions about India and its high tech stuff. Reading the latest from BBC.co.uk does make me feel lightly abashed, blushing et al.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/09/24 at 08:00

A very public stumble in India’s Space Program

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There is no denying that India is doing every thing it can to match China’s progress on the world stage including in Space. But India seems to have more than one problem in its Space Venture. Check this out.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/08/30 at 05:44

An image of cosmic chaos in space

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Here’s how the NASA experts explain this image:

Chaos at the Heart of Orion
NASA’s Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes teamed up to expose the chaos that baby stars are creating 1,500 light years away in a cosmic cloud called the Orion nebula. This striking composite indicates that four monstrously massive stars, collectively called the “Trapezium,” at the center of the cloud may be the main culprits in the Orion constellation, a familiar sight in the fall and winter night sky in the northern hemisphere. Their community can be identified as the yellow smudge near the center of the image.

I am always dazzled by these images. Mostly what tickles my imagination is the science, technology and engineering that supports the delivery of this image to my humble iMac. I can’t help remember my first contacts with computers, IBM 650, 1401 and 1410. I was hands on in those early IT days. But at no time could I imagine what I experience now with my 20″ monitor, full color, the Internet and organizations like NASA that make my computer experience just that much better.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/08/09 at 13:34

A neat view of Earth nearly 100km in space during Apollo 11 flight in July 1969

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I clearly recall being in our apartment in Quebec City when Neil Armstrong began the moonwalks.

About a month later I was in Algeria, part of a team of consultants preparing to work with Sonatrach, the state oil company.

A second more dreamy image of earth from the Apollo 11 flight to the moon:

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/07/15 at 12:24

Mt. Fuji snapped from the International Space Station

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This is a rare image. Not many people get to visit the ISS with a camera. This image comes from NASA files:

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/06/28 at 08:21