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Robert Zimmerman

I have not only been fortunate to write about some of the most exciting moments in space history, I have also had the great and grand fortune to actually go where no one has gone before.

When I was college (around 1974) I stayed up late one night to watch the movie Citizen Kane. When the movie was over I was left breathless with wonder at its clarity of vision. Hungry to see more movies like this, I scanned the television dial and stumbled upon the opening shots of the classic and equally great MGM film, Grand Hotel.

For the next twenty years I dedicated myself to making movies, hoping to create films as entertaining and as meaningful.

Instead, I ended up making a large number of very bad low budget horror films in the New York City area. Sometimes I was the key grip. Sometimes I was the production manager. In later years I wrote screenplays and helped produce several films.

Most of these movies were mindless, mediocre, and completely forgettable. By the mid-nineties I had had enough, and decided to change careers.

During these same years I was also cultivating other interests, almost all of which had to do with the human instinct for exploration. I got a master’s degree, studying early America colonial history because I was curious to learn how the most successful pioneer societies organized themselves. I followed the space program from childhood because I saw it as the future of the human race. (I also thought it was exciting and fun!)

And I got involved in cave exploration, because I simply didn’t have the math skills necessary to make it as a NASA astronaut but still had the desire to explore unknown territory. And from what I could learn, caving was the one physical activity in which it was still possible for ordinary people to go where no one has gone before.

Robert Zimmerman in a Cave
photo by Jim Gildea

Since my first wild cave trip in 1984, I have explored hundreds of caves in the United States, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Russia, and Ukraine. I have been involved in a number of projects, pushing and surveying virgin cave passages, walking in places previously untouched by human hands. I have even become a cartographer, drawing the maps of the caves I have helped discover and survey.

Once, I was even trapped inside a cave for 10 hours because of a flood.

Even as I was having all these cool adventures, in 1996 I began the slow transition from movie-maker to full time non-fiction science writer. I had decided that — instead of making dismal, violent movies that said nothing positive about human nature — I would focus on telling the exciting stories of scientists, engineers, and astronauts in their never-ending efforts to push the limits of human experience, either as researchers trying to solve the mysteries of nature or as explorers trying to push the unknown.

Today, I have no regrets, having written four inspiring histories about the first forty years of space exploration as well as more than a hundred magazine and newspaper articles about the adventure of science and astronomy. (Even more important, the career change brought me to the Washington, D.C. area, where I was fortunate to meet my wife Diane, who makes everything I do worthwhile. At the same time I also became Bob KB3IWD, gettting my ham radio technician’s license.)

In the next two decades, the human race will begin the actual exploration and settlement of the solar system. I am honored to be able to tell that story, especially because the words I am writing are describing the founding heritage of all future generations — generations who will look back at Earth and see it only as the Old World.

Robert Zimmerman can be reached zimmerman at nasw.org

 

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  • Paul Marynowych

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  • JIM

    so often C2C has climate deniers on. Since I teach HS science it is exceedingly aggravating when George Noory gives these folks such a vast platform without a voice from the scientific community to present the evidence.

    If you are not a denier I hope you drive home the facts so Noory’s listeners get the majority opinion.

    Thx

    Jim

  • The very fact that you use the insulting term “denier” for anyone expressing skepticism in science tells me that you do not understand the scientific process at all. I lost relatives in the Holocaust, and to equate someone who simply has doubts about the accepted global warming paradigm with those who deny the murder of seven million Jews is beyond despicable.

    Please read these two posts from my webpage to get the essence of what I think about climate science:

    Deniers of Science

    Al Gore and the silencing of debate

    I suspect you will not like what I say and will then dismiss it without any thought. Too bad. I speak not from mere opinion but from almost a decade of dedicated research in the state of the climate field. Unlike most people and politicians with opinions about this stuff, I actually have read literally hundreds and hundreds of scientific papers, from all sides, in order to get an understanding of the confusing state of the climate field. My conclusion: no one really understands the climate or knows exactly what is happening, and anyone who claims they do is a downright liar.

  • Howard Hughes

    So, according to you (and your technical training is?) the United States and the world’s top climatologists, oceanographers and glaciologists are all “liars”? Your beloved NASA is lying about global climate change too? But calling you a climate change denier (and for some reason you’re equating that to holocaust deniers, which makes no sense and has nothing to do with climate change), is “despicable”? But it’s okay to call people who have years of professional training and decades of first hand experience, conducted cutting edge and state of the art experiments “liars” is ok because you’ve read hundreds of scientific papers. Are you sure you understood them? Because my readings of hundreds of scientific papers, afters years of professional training and decades of first hand experience says your “conclusions” are irrelevant. After all, YOU readily admit at the top of your very thin bio that YOU “simply didn’t have the math skills necessary to make it as a NASA astronaut.” But you have the math skills to understand the hundreds of scientific papers you read? Instead, you got a “a master’s degree, studying early America colonial history”. Well, excuse me Mr. Zimmerman, in that case you most be a foremost expert in climatology, and you must be named Science Advisor to the President post haste. And tell us more about solar activity because you have a PhD in Astrophysics, right? You’re an expert in stellar astrophysics, right? Nope.

  • I have interviewed hundreds of scientists and have also found that the best scientists in the climate field are decidedly uncertain about what is going on with the climate. I also never claimed I know what is going on. I don’t. What I find wrong is anyone who claims they are certain about the science, that “the science is settled.” It is not.

    Science is never settled. Science demands that we allow everyone to question every conclusion, at all times. Otherwise, we lose the chance to learn something.

    I suggest you read the two links I gave to Jim. It will give you a better idea of where I stand. Trust me, I do not consider myself the foremost expert in this subject, in the slightest.

  • Howard Huges

    I ssuggest you read:

    Levermann A, et al., (2013) The multimillennial sea-level commitment of global warming.
    Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 110(34):13745–13750

    Solomon S, Plattner G, Knutti R, Friedlingstein P (2009) Irreversible climate change due to
    carbon dioxide emissions. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 106(6):1704–1709.

    The National Academy of Science are and these experts are “liars”?

    That paper is about one winter. Weather, Seasons, natural oscillations are all real. Global climate is not one winter or one summer It’s not even 5-10 winters or summers.

    I strongly encourage you to read these papers talking about global climate change in the context befitting it’s complexity, over hundreds to thousands of years.

  • Howard Hughes

    Just because there are uncertainties about certain details and short-term timescales, doesn’t mean there isn’t broad consensus about the overall long-term trends.

    Barnosky AD, et al. (2012) Approaching a state shift in Earth’s biosphere. Nature
    486(7401):52–58.

    See, you are perpetuating this language of “hoax” nonsense. The National Academy of Science, NASA and NOAA don’t take part in hoaxes or fudge data! That is absurd. This is not Dallas Nov 22nd 1963. This is not a conspiracy.

    “Political reasons to create the illusion of warming”? The long-term hundreds to thousands of years of temperature data, CO2 data and sea-level rise data is not in the least reliant on satellites, the evidence is indisputable in the ice, the atmosphere, and in the geological record. Five years of satellite data means nothing!

    George HW Bush signed the Kyoto Protocol, Clinton did nothing on climate. This is not about politics and it has NOTHING to do with solar cycles over the LONG TERM.

    You’re exactly right you don’t know what’s going on.

    The overarching movement science is never over. But scientific questions get settled all the time.
    “Science [DOES NOT] demands that we allow everyone to question every conclusion, at all times.” That’s why it’s called peer-review. A house wife living in Sheboygan has the right to question anything she wants, thats called democracy, not science.

  • Howard Hughes

    Nevertheless, I share your great enthusiasm for space and space science, and you’re efforts to expand our imaginations and dream about what’s out there is as critical as ever. Kennedy lifted this country and lifted the planet by choosing to go to the moon! Best of luck in your continued investigation of climate change
    and your space-related pursuits. Sincerely, Mr. Hughes ;~)

  • We will have to respectively agree to disagree. However, the global warming advocates in the science community will have to explain, which they as yet cannot, why every single one of their climate models, which had predicted that the global climate temperature would continue to rise in lockstep with the increase in carbon dioxide, have all failed to predict the pause in temperature increase that has taken place over the past 18 or so years, even as CO2 continues to increase. See this link, written by one of the world’s top climate scientists.

    Look in particular at the graph there. It doesn’t disprove the theory of human caused global warming. It does however illustrate how very uncertain the science is.

  • Howard Hughes

    First of all, calculating the global average temperature of the entire planet is extremely difficult. You can’t use a single thermometer! ;~) Second, temperature does not and will not increase evenly everywhere on Earth. More heat goes to the poles and their are positive feedback loops, lees reflective ice, more dark absorbent ocean water and accelerates. However, as I mentioned previously there are natural short-term oscillations and it has been demonstrated that a great deal of that missing atmospheric heat went into the oceans. Finally, I strongly encourage you to take another look at that graph, we are talking about tenths of degrees difference in the overall temperature of the entire planet! Over 18 years, there are natural ups and downs, but the long-term trend is clearly up up and away!!!

  • David Schwartz

    Hello Mr. Zimmerman,

    I enjoy listening to your interview on the John Batchelor Show and your various insights on topics ranging from space launches to satellite to asteroids. It is on the latter-most topic I send you this comment.

    I recently attended a conference during which the founder of the site Asterank discussed how he created the site by pulling data from various sources (typically raw txt file data), using an open-source visualization layer, and creating a nifty tool for tracking the potential mineral mining value of an asteroid (and cost to get there).

    http://www.asterank.com/

    Just thought I’d share.

    Thanks.

    David

  • One undeniable fact is that most of the climate predictions and so called “science” is based on atmospheric models that can accurately predict weather for 1 or 2 weeks at best, and often fail in their predictions for even the next day. So when scientists start talking about “deniers”, it makes me sad to see that such a perspective is so strong in one part of the scientific community.

    When politicians fund scientific endeavor, the agenda of the politicians will dominate. So, as long as there is some political opinion to support, some “scientists” will spend a lot of time, effort, and tax payer money to generate stuff to support it.

    Just look at the concentration of scientific minds that existed in Germany in the early 20th century. Then look at the accomplishments that happened in physics, chemistry, and other branches. Most of those accomplishments were done by those who went against the commonly accepted ideas; where would we be with Einstein, for example.

    Human caused global warming is based on a theory that does not always refer to nature, but often refers to complex mathematical models that (despite their complexity) are NOT able to even adequately account for water vapor in the atmosphere – the most abundant green house gas. We see in the ice sheets at the poles a history over many thousands of years that describes climate changes that have nothing to do with carbon emissions from human beings.

    I am so tired of watching politics ruin everything it touches. Science is not immune from their reach, unfortunately.

  • Sorry, I meant to say: where would we be WITHOUT Einstein.

  • Mike Nelson

    Bob

    Listened to you on the JBS tonight and hate to dash your hopes, but being in the FLASH memory business I am pessimistic wrt Oppy’s future prospects. I’m not sure of the specific technology node for Oppy’s memory, but the error behavior as described is an ominous sign. The reason is that FLASH memory degrades over time (i.e it physically wears out as you use it), so you can only write to it a finite number of times before the cells become unstable. Radiation doesn’t help, but those effects are quite localized and fairly easy to map out. Reaching the endurance limit is a global phenomena as the controller tries hard to evenly spread out the write cycles across the drive (called wear leveling). A good rule of thumb is that you will see 10% of lifecycle media errors over the first 90% of life, and then the remaining 90% of errors in the last 10% of life. Therefore I expect that things will gradually get worse in the months ahead, and that Oppy probably has about 1 year of ever-degrading FLASH memory operation left given that it is 11 years old.

    I hope I’m wrong, but I doubt it. If you want to understand the issue better Google on “FLASH memory endurance” and you should find lots of hits.

    Keep up the good work. I listen to JBS all the time and in particular for your segments, and enjoy BtB too.

    Mike

  • Interesting, and not surprising. The one saving grace from the recent memory problem is that during the last three months they figured out how to operate Opportunity with no flash memory at all, essentially working only with RAM that was lost each night when they had to shut down. From this experience they now can argue that they could continue to use the rover effectively, even if the flash memory should eventually go bad.

  • Don Bancroft

    I remember a quote from someone that went something like “Science is truth distilled through doubt”.
    I can’t find it at the moment, but there’s this-
    “…It is our responsibility as scientists, knowing the great progress which comes from a satisfactory philosophy of ignorance, the great progress which is the fruit of freedom of thought, to proclaim the value of this freedom; to teach how doubt is not to be feared but welcomed and discussed; and to demand this freedom as our duty to all coming generations.”
    “Now, we scientists are used to this, and we take it for granted that it is perfectly consistent to be unsure, that it is possible to live and not know. But I don’t know whether everyone realizes this is true. Our freedom to doubt was born out of a struggle against authority in the early days of science. It was a very deep and strong struggle: permit us to question — to doubt — to not be sure. I think that it is important that we do not forget this struggle and thus perhaps lose what we have gained.” – Richard Feynman

    command+f and type “doubt” for more at –
    http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Richard_Feynman

  • Jeffrey L. Colton

    I listen to any space talk I can find and can’t find an answer to my question. . .which is. . . .
    Why are all our efforts fixated on Mars. We went to the moon. I would seem that a colony there would be a good stepping stone to Mars eventually yet the moon is ignored like an unwanted child. It’s omission from the dialog is incredible. What’s going on? ? ? Why the complete disregard for the moon.
    I have heard some bizarre explanations. Your thoughts? ? ?

  • The fixation on Mars is based on ignorance and politics (which seem to go together too often unfortunately). I have written and spoken about this repeatedly in my appearances on the radio and on my webpage.

    1. The moon is a great place to learn how to build a base on another planet. It is close by, and easy to get to and from.

    2. A space station is a great place to learn how to build an interplanetary spaceship. My book, Leaving Earth, was written entirely to illustrate this point.

    3. Do both, and then you will have the technology, skills, and abilities to go to Mars. Try to go to Mars before you have done both and you will almost certainly fail, or if you succeed it will be a shallow and very temporary success.

  • It has been completely proven that we were scientifically created and “What” God is

    My web pages are on search engines and everything is free.

    The Humane Genome Project’s Discovery Proves Mankind was
    Scientifically Created by God. And there is no way it could naturally happen.

    The Adam and Eve Method of Genetic Engineering, We were Created, by Robert Kress
    Read how 2 chimpanzee chromosomes were fused by a 150,000 base pair sequence
    to make our human chromosome two. Evolutionists will not be able to explain
    this one.
    http://www.robertkress.com/Adam_Eve.html#start

    Genesis One, God Created our Solar System
    http://www.robertkress.com/God_Created_Solar_System.html#content

    Interviewed by Art Bell:
    8/16/96 John Qurine/guest, SOHO evidence, new red shift model,
    said that SOHO was taking Spectroscopic pictures of a close star.
    There was no Red Shift.
    Then a Corona Flare of ionized particles passed in between SOHO
    and that star.
    Suddenly there was a large Red Shift.

    Conclusion: Charged particles can Red Shift light rays.
    And as light travels from far away occasionally it passes close to
    charged particles, gives up a little energy to them and in doing
    so Red Shifts a little each time.
    The greater distance a light ray travels the more charged particles
    it passes, the more it is Red Shifted.

    The Star of Bethlelem
    http://www.robertkress.com/Star_of_Bethlehem.html#content

    KJV Bible UFOs Outlined and Explained, by Robert Kress
    http://www.robertkress.com/KJV_Bible_UFOs_Explained.html#content

    When YOU know “What” God is,
    YOU will Know how he does things at the Second Coming.

    ZEC 14:3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations
    http://www.robertkress.com/War_Gog_Magog.html#content

    Earth destroyed verses. This is Why God Lifts us Off Earth
    http://www.robertkress.com/Earth_Destroyed.html#content

    Resurrection is Medically bringing Someone Back to Life.

    Ten Examples of Resurrection, some ate food after, and Prophecy Verses
    http://www.robertkress.com/Resurrection.html#content

    Is a spirit words or a ghost? 22 Examples
    http://www.robertkress.com/Spirit_Words_Ghost.html#content

    The Iniquity that Preachers, Rabbi’s, and Evangelist’s Die the 2nd death For REV 21:8
    http://www.robertkress.com/Iniquity_Preachers_Die_F.html#content

    Eight Examples of my 100 or so Bible pages, each is a subject,
    just the verses, very little Bla, bla, bla.
    Free Computer Bibles, type in words or phrases to find things.
    My pages are in the 1769 KJV Bible.
    Everything is free on my web site.

    From http://www.robertkress.com

    Thankyou for your consideration,
    Evangelist Robert Kress, U.S.A.

  • Joy Williams

    Tonight someone called into Coast to Coast tonight and asked you not “why is there gravity” but “what causes gravity”? You thought he asked “why is there gravity” which goes into philosophy, but what causes gravity is probably gravitons, which though we haven’t actually detected them yet, probably explains why gravity is one of the wimpiest, yet persistent forces in the universe. It’s one of the great scientific mysteries, but a flip answer would be, “Nothing causes gravity, the universe just sucks”.

    http://www.livescience.com/1770-greatest-mysteries-gravity.html

  • To your last line I can only say, heh.

    To me, the simple answer to the question “what causes gravity?” is mass. If that is what the caller wanted I’m sorry I misunderstood. However, even then this really isn’t a satisfactory answer, because the next question immediately rises: why does mass cause gravity? You suggest gravitons, but here you are beginning to move into the more uncertain areas of physics which are often just on the edge or already creeping into philosophy and belief systems.

  • j

    Taken into consideration that the warm waters dumping into the earth can possibly cause some glaciers to melt won’t have much of an effect when you take into account that the Earth does naturally go through cycles and that we are now going into the equinox of the Earth’s 26,000 year precession. Not to mention that Earth is also slowly moving away from the Sun on it’s ecliptic that essentially even if the earth is warming that Earth’s climate will eventually be evened out as it slowly moves away from the sun (as it should actually get colder.) In all actuality the Earth is not warming; rather it will be gradually (hundreds-6000yrs) cooling into another ice age. This is an more exact science to understand than all of your “climate change” opinions. Man made climate change may actually be needed to escape extinction. Further supporting iced earth is the fact that carbon in the atmosphere would actually cool the earth because it blocks heat from the sun. Lets get with the picture “global cooling” is a far better term. Also note that automobile emission may also have a local or metropolitan climate effect possibly making it warming (heat reflecting more off of tarmac) during the summer and carbon blocking more heat from the sun during the winter. These might hinder results as well.

  • I would like to have you as my guest on the show. My show runs on LNM Radio and on Art Bells Dark Matter Radio Network and High point radio 1700AM & 100.5.FM & K98Talk Thank you & I look forward to your response. Here is the link to my website http://www.latenightinthemidlands.com

  • Dark matter is recycled star systems and solar systems of a galaxy.
    We have seen black holes at the center of many galaxies.
    We have seen jets of ‘dark matter’ being shot out of the poles of the black hole
    at the center of our galaxy.
    And we have seen halos of ‘dark matter’ of 10 times the galaxy’s size around galaxies,
    as said by Michio Kaku on 7/11/2000.

    Dark matter is galaxy matter pulled into the huge black hole at the center a galaxy,
    recycled into raw matter, and launched out of the poles.
    This matter might take 10 times as long to fall back to the plane of our galaxy
    as it takes to cycle through the galaxy, in 2 to 4 generations of stars,
    and fall into the black hole at the center. (One Dark Matter Cycle)

    All black holes crush matter down into raw matter, electrons and protons.
    See Diagram of a Black Hole and text.

    http://www.robertkress.com/Dark_Matter_Explained.html#content

  • Sherry Johnson

    FYI: This poster is not Howard Hughes from The Unexplained Podcasts.

  • jburn

    Hi Robert.
    I found this story interesting, might make good grist for the mill of ideas.

    It’s about the guy who created a home made of concrete and it withstood one of the local “wild” fires that crossed over his land.

    Future versions of this home could be 3D printed. This has a nice tie-in to creating more environmentally resilient structures which can better withstand fires, floods, earthquakes, etc, using modern technology versus stick built homes.

    Would forest fire fighting be as important if the homes didn’t burn. What role should we take in preventing them? Are homes made of trees becoming the equivalent of using horses for transportation — toys for the wealthy but not all that practical.

    Off world applications — they won’t be making houses out of sticks (up there) and this technology could be transferable.

    http://www.popularmechanics.com/adventure/outdoors/a17038/washington-man-survives-blazing-wildfire-by-hunkering-down-in-dome-home/

  • Hello I am Michael Vara the host of Late Night in the Midlands & I would like to have you as my guest on the show. I would like to set up 2 1/2 hrs give or take if we may. We have a large listener base.

    My show is also run on Art Bells Dark Matter Radio Network and High point radio 1700AM & 100.5.FM also K98Talk & SHR Media.
    Thank you & I look forward to your response. Here is the link to my website http://www.latenightinthemidlands.com

    Producer/Host
    Michael Vara

  • Orson

    HH does not seem to recognize what the IPCC said in their Third Asessement report:

    “In climate research and modeling, we should recognise that we are dealing with a coupled non-linear chaotic system, and therefore that the long-term prediction of future climate states is not possible. ”

    http://www.ipcc.ch/ipccreports/tar/wg1/505.htm

    All the hype and bluster about “general trends” is not the same actual sound science.

  • Hello,
    I wanted to share with you this great audio where Robert Zimmerman explains the significance behind the cracks NASA scientists have discovered on Mars’ moon Phobos.
    You can listen here: http://bit.ly/1RQxeeE
    if you could please share it on your page
    thanks Dana

  • Richard Blakely

    Hello Behind The Black,
    Robert Zimmerman, at the end of 2015, you were asked the question about the cause of “gravity” again on Coast to Coast AM. I think, like diamagnetism, only a few materials must have some anti-gravity, and all elements probably do not have anti-gravity. In fact, photons have not been tested to see if they have gravity or anti-gravity. The “Gravity Research Foundation” offers prizes for essays on gravity.

    Since the Earth is not really flat, the universe is probably not really expanding, and therefore photons probably have gravity. This “must” be true because photons traveling for billions of years have a redshift. In fact, redshift occurs because photons travel at the speed of light, and gravity travels at the speed of light (proven already), and so gravity shock waves must occur as photons travel for billions of years in space. I think, photons lose energy very slowly since they emit gravity shock waves.

    Extending the theory, since photons “must” have gravity due to redshift being a fact, other particles without mass may have gravity. Particles may exist with “negative equivalent mass” similar to the “positive equivalent mass” of photons. For example, since photons “must” have gravity, and they “must” have positive mass, it may be that particles with “negative equivalent mass” might have anti-gravity.

  • Phil Veerkamp

    LOOK!

    One molecule of the Face of God . . .

    https://youtu.be/Ip3YHk0gu0I

  • Wayne

    Mr. Z–
    Been meaning to mention to you, ref the website–
    – Completely appreciate you have practically zero advertising. (will be donating & book-buying, soon!)
    – BtB loads into my browser super-fast, ‘like’ 5-10 seconds max, complete–everything. ( & I have low speed DSL over twisted-copper.)
    -Btb has never crashed by browser, ever. (& I use IE v 11, with all it’s bugs & problems. Refuse to use MS-Edge until I’m forced into it.)
    -I see your hosting people use SSD, that appears to make a big difference, at least in my case.
    –Been utilizing the Search function recently– very cool, fast, & highly informative.
    (I have a personal policy against bloated websites, endless adverts & scripts.)
    Kudos to you & them!

    Phil Veerkamp:
    -Cool video, thanks! downloaded the “super-HD” version from YouTube.

  • C. J. Kelly

    Mr. Zimmerman, just had the pleasure of reading Genesis. Fantastic work. I’m sorry it took so long to give it a read. Now, I will get onto the rest of your library. Thx, C.J. Kelly.

  • Thank you for the kind words. If you want to get autographed copies, there are links here on BtB to buy the books directly from me.

  • Doug

    I thought you would find this funny. It’s a model rocket launch of an SLS at Pad 39.

    Surely, a prediction of the future. This turd will never fly.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lbt4Chj0xVk

  • Heh. Though I think it is probably unfair to the students who built this model to link them with SLS. Their work didn’t cost as much, didn’t take forever to build, and probably was fixable and launchable within a week of this failure.

  • John Eric Thompson

    great information. Thank you for making this site

  • W. Robin Wansley

    Hi Bob,

    Thought you might like this.

    I enjoy your visits on the John Batchelor Show and your website and agree with your politics.

    Best,

    Robin

    The South Pole turned into giant neutrino detector:

    http://www.gizmag.com/ara-south-pole-neutrino-detctor/44487/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=35943cf670-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_65b67362bd-35943cf670-90931097

    Also:
    http://arxiv.org/abs/1507.08991

    Here are two links.

  • Mr. Zimmerman,

    I have listened to you on the John Batchelor show for a few years now and have even responded to Mr. Batchelor’s invitation to support your website. If you are inclined I would like to ask for some guidance.

    I am a dentist in Waco, TX. For the past 20 years since I left service in the US Air Force, there has been a local MD (pathologist) who has regularly written guest op-eds in the Waco Tribune Herald warning of the ravages of global climate change. He has made recommendations and harsh warnings and even threatened dire outcomes if we don’t take action. There is never an opposing perspective in the editorial page and I have decided that his tripe has to be responded to.

    While the erstwhile doctor quotes pseudoscience and sounds sound to the public, I feel that the points that he makes are rubbish and clearly not based in sound science but rather fear huckstering. I need to arm myself with facts as part of my proper response.

    Can you recommend a website where I can begin the armemant process so as to counter such bogus claims as, “97% of scientists agree….”?

    Thank you for any assistance,

    Steve Childress

  • wayne

    (Dr.) Steve–

    Yow… that is one NICE dental-office, you have in Texas!
    ( If I ever need a dentist in Waco, I’m calling you up! )

    You should be able to find a lot of material, right here at Behind the Black, just use the site-search feature. Mr. Z regularly posts threads on “climate.”

    (threads on rockets/space, cosmology, Trump, and “warming,” produce a lot of commentary & back-n-forth)

  • wayne

    Steve– just plug in a few search terms & you’ll be composing a high-quality Editorial before the end of the week!

    http://behindtheblack.com/?s=climate+change

  • Steve,

    Wayne’s suggestion to use the search box on Behind the Black (located near the bottom of the right column) is of course a good idea. I focus on facts, and post often on the subject of climate and the dishonesty that is slowly corrupting that field of science.

    When you do search BtB, look especially at climate posts that have a long comment thread. There you will likely find discussions where a global warming advocate arrived here and tried to debate the issue with me and my readers. There is lots of good information and links in those threads.

    You could also take a look at “Climate and Sun bibliography” link at the top of BtB. This includes many basic references that I’ve researched over the years.

    Finally, the two most useful general climate sites I use are Watts Up With That and Climate Depot. Both provide many links to many stories. Real Science is also useful in that the author has been in the lead in noting the tampering of data that NOAA and NASA have been doing to the data to make it look like the climate is warming.

    This should give you a good start.

  • John Berry

    [regarding Richard Blakely’s post on January 2nd 2016 at 7:40am]
    @Richard Blakely:
    Allow me to challenge your thinking, regarding Gravity (based upon numerous statements that I have heard Michio Kaku say about Gravity/Newton/Einstein). First, let me point out that ‘gravity’ does not really exist. It was simply a word and/or concept that Newton “invented” to TRY to describe the mysterious hidden phenomenon that drives the motion of falling objects. Later, when Einstein came onto the scene, Einstein proposed that, because Space and Time exist together in a continuum (i.e. if you move through Space, you move “less” through Time; if you stop moving through Space, you move “more” through Time; there is always a trade-off between Space and Time), Space itself is malleable !! As a result of Space being malleable, Einstein realized that ‘gravity’ (which actually does not exist; it was just a notion invented by Newton) does not “pull” objects down to the Earth, but rather, it is SPACE (which is malleable; co-existing in a trade-off continuum with Time) that PUSHES objects toward the center of the Earth. So, it is NOT the case that objects DO or DO NOT possess ‘gravity’. It IS the case that objects warp Local Space SO AS TO cause SPACE to PUSH other objects TOWARD the center of the original object in question. I forget who first said “The solution to any problem lies in the proper posing of the actual question.” The real question, in this case, would seem to be “Which objects possess the means to warp Local Space so as to exhibit the phenomenon that we commonly call Gravity?” The CAUSE of Gravity was elucidated by Einstein; it is merely Force or “tap”-able Energy that exists in a region due to Local Space being properly warped.
    [NEW Question!!: Suppose that permanent magnets, regarding their Magnetic Field, attract para-magnetic objects due to a “special” warping of Local Space. What must the nature of the “special” warping of Local Space be so as to readily attract Iron while exhibiting very little RELATIVE attraction for objects such as Strawberries or Bananas? What if it turns out that ALL forces are merely the result of Unique Warping of Local Space? How would someone re-write equations to represent THIS notion ?]

  • Insomnius

    Imagine one day we discover or develop the technology of launching space vehicles into outer space by turning the gravity of said object off. We could fling the spacecraft into outerspace with a variable speed, of 0mph to 1,000mph, depending on the latitude of the launch!

  • Hello Robert:
    There are spirals of less gravity than the norm on the surface of the Earth; and if research is opened, they will tell of WHY pyramids and ancient monuments. The two I am most sure of are at Giza and in Florida. The Egyptian one passes directly over the three peaks of the three pyramids and its less gravity caused the Giza area to become a plateau. The one in this hemisphere begins at Corkscrew Marsh; as it grows it passes over the area of Coral Castle and then goes over the keys, which it drew up to become islands. The math pattern of the spirals appears to be a golden-mean spiral. There are other suspects such as the curve that passes over Machu Pichu, Cuzco and two other ruins in South America. See, the once and future Osiris.blogspot.com. . . . A new math is waiting, one that will give us a better understanding of the 26 dimensions of string theory, of dark matter (as aether) and will require a reassessment. Call if you like; my telephone number is 928-414-1197 — after 3:30 PM (mst) is best. Please respond. Joe Richardson

  • Ted

    Happy Thanksgiving Mr. Z! Always enjoy your spots with John Batchelor.

    Ted KE8CAG

  • Gary7

    HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!!!!! And besides, where would all these conspiracy and de-bunkers be if the paranormal community and shows such as C2C did not embrace their views and make them known? Naw, give Mr Zimmerman his platform, and even though some aspects of his and others seem far fetched it’s up to us to make the final decisions…….what I do find odd is why the feds and others are still screwing around with chemical conventional rockets when in the real world massive triangles using exotic propulsion systems zip into space and time with regular schedules………………..money should be spent there and enlighten our civilization of it’s existence ……………….talk about that will ya?????

  • Jennifer Williams

    More than 800 Earth scientists and energy experts (and counting) urge the incoming president to take six crucial steps

    I do not like your constant commentary on the “no proof” of climate change, Please educate yourself on this before commenting on radio shows like coast to coast.

  • Hi Jennifer: Take a look at the menu at the top of my webpage and click on the link for “Climate and Sun Bibliography.” You will find a pretty extensive list of the research I have done on the subject of the climate. I make my living writing about science. I make sure I understand the subject.

    Just because you “do not like” my commentary means nothing. I am not hear to make you like me. I am here to express my perspective, based on solid grounded research. If you disagree you will need to present me facts that support your position.

  • You are correct on the Carbon climate forcing, three sided fake debate. The Darth Big Warmists and Luke Little Warmists both claim ‘warming’ from phantom back radiation which does not exist.

    coasttocoastam.com/show/2015/03/18 > Climate Change & Thermodynamics

    Has link to my website, also recommend….”Volcanic CO2″ at Geologist-1011.mobi

    “Corollation of Seismic Activity and Recent Global Warming” by Dr Arthur Viterito

  • I listened to most of your interview on Coast To Coast AM last night and your thoughts on colonizing Mars. In your enthusiasm for that subject I think you left out some critical information. I attended a lecture at Columbia University on this very subject. Mars, like Earth, depends upon volcanic activity for much of the oxygen it once had. It’s last volcanic activity was about 500,000,000 years ago. Due to Mars’ low gravity the escape velocity is 5 km/s, while the escape velocity on Earth is approximately 11 km/s. These two factors are what actually limit how much of an atmosphere Mars can generate or retain. Regardless of our efforts to create an atmosphere it will simply escape the planet’s gravitational attraction.

  • Charles: You are right of course. I could not possibly cover the entire subject in the time available. I personally believe that the terraforming of Mars will always be confined within artificial constructs. The planet itself, as you know, cannot hold onto any atmosphere we create.

    Time to go to bed.

  • Alex

    Mr. Zimmerman, you said: “The planet itself, as you know, cannot hold onto any atmosphere we create.”

    That might be true, but the process will take many million of years. Time enough for a human civilization there.

  • Life on Mars or any planet is very likely when you look at life on earth. The diversity of the extreme cold, hot, deep underwater with no sun, and how a frog can hibernate most of the year and come out during a rain storm in Arizona. We can go on and on with life that lives a few hours or life that changes from one creature to another. I believe life exists everywhere in one form or another.

  • Anthony Domanico

    Mr. Zimmerman,

    I recently discovered your work via The Space Show. We have similar thoughts on a lot of topics. I enjoyed your policy paper. I would like to ask you a few general questions. Do you think the policy paper will be effective given that policy makers are clearly motivated by getting the biggest piece of the pie for their constituents? If you exclude the government markets (domestic and foreign), do you think the private sector could support a Bigelow space station? If not, when will it be sustainable without government as an anchor customer? Based on your comments on The Space Show, it sounds like you don’t put much stock in ULA’s plan to reuse the engines on the first stage. What do you think about their plan to have a reusable upper stage, the system they dubbed ACES? I hope our elected officials will realize the value of our blossoming private space industry. Rather than fighting over the pie, let’s make the pie bigger!

    Thanks

  • Anthony Domanico: Thank you for the kind words about my writing.

    I can’t answer your questions in detail here. You need to read my books (all available here at BtB) and follow me to get my overall perspective on all these questions. However, I will say that I routinely alternately between optimism and pessimism when it comes to the government and private commercial space. Some days it looks like the government has finally gotten it. Other days it looks like the government is working to squelch private enterprise and freedom.

    As always, the fight for freedom never ends. Its greatest advantage is that it works, producing wealth. That sells it better than anything.

  • Please also go to http://supersymmetry.com this is my URL to observe my systems moving from 2 Eccentric Mass Load Systems CW and CCW rotating about their respective axis, and observe many systems moving from rotational eccentric mass load energy. This web site also describes the current Conservation Laws of Physics, Conservation of Angular Momentum only apply to symmetrical operations about a center axis of rotation. I am pointing out the Emmy Noether’s 1915 Conservation Laws are completely dependent upon Symmetrical operations. My systems are physical experimental proof that eccentric load mass systems can move from rotational energy.
    China in the recent past few years have asked me to set up my URL in China and I just deleted their email requests, that had links. I keep one of China’s email in my email records.
    You may also click on this link to enter http://www.space.com/22707-china-satellite-activities-perplex-experts.html and see for yourself that China is moving satellites that are able to move to other satellites, and we admit we do not know how China is moving Satellites in space.
    You may also enter this link to enter https://www.technologyreview.com/s/408558/mining-the-moon/ There you can learn about the millions of tons of helium 3 on the surface of the moon, and the Helium 3 can be used for nuclear power with no nuclear waste to worry about, to generate electric power. You will also see that China is planning to go to the moon and mine the helium 3. http://www.mining.com/china-is-taking-lunar-mining-seriously-65595/

    I am requesting your help to open a update and new direction in Physics. Also to make sure China does not take the lead in the Space Development of moving systems in Space and take the lead in the He3 lunar mining. We need to make sure that the United States of America is first to mine the helium 3 on the surface of the moon.
    Please open the link in the email to me from the National Science Foundation below “NSF Grant Proposal Guide Chapter II,” for all the requirements to complete a NSF Proposal.
    Let me know if you have any questions?

    Thomas L Navarro
    President Force Equals Mass Times Acceleration Inc.
    2914 Benton Street
    Wheat Ridge, CO 80214
    303-238-2014
    Thomas.Navarro@supersymmetry.com

  • David

    Mr. Zimmerman, I enjoy your site and would like to post comments occasionally. However, I do not use e-mail and thus do not have an e-mail address to give you. May I post comments without one?

  • David,

    As you can see, it appears that if you can. Welcome and comment away!

  • jhon

    When are you going back on the Bachelor show? You have been on when you were away before. I need my fix.

  • jhon: Thank you for your support. I should be doing my next podcast tomorrow, September 5.

    This particular trip was hampered by terrible internet service in Glacier and Capitol Reef National Parks. We also had no cell service in Glacier. Nor did we have a phone in the room. It was literally impossible to do an interview with John Batchelor, or anyone.

  • AJ

    Hi Bob,

    Your interviews on The John Bachelor Show have quickly become my favorite podcasts. So much is happening in space these days and you always find a way to bring us up to speed in a facinating and exciting way. Love it!

    I’m working in the Japanese game industry, helping Japanese companies bring their novel sized games to the west through crowdfunding. I’d like to mix my passion for Mars exploration with a new project. Could you recommend any adventure books about Mars? I’d love to reach out to the authors to discuss a collaboration between them and a Japanese studio to turn their story into a game.

    Thank you!
    AJ

  • AJ: Amazing. You ask about any adventure books about Mars and I am about about announce something here on BtB in only a few weeks that might apply directly to what you asking for. That’s all I will say right now about this personal project but stay tuned.

    If I had to recommend any classic books about Mars this second, my first choice is always Robert Heinlein’s Red Planet.

    Anyway, thanks for the kind words, and as I said, stay tuned.

  • AJ

    Thank you very much for the reply and suggestion. For the record, mind reading is only a hobby ;) Very much looking forward to your announcement!

  • AJ

    Hi Bob,

    I just finished reading Pioneer. It was fast-paced and intense. I couldn’t put it down.

    Yes, amazing that you came out with this book literally a week after I brought up Mars, especially considering it’s history. Wow.

    Your description of the asteroid crater was terrifying. I imagined the detail was related to your cave exploration experiences, but based on your bio, you wrote this before your first “wild cave trip”?

    I’m still contemplating what made me keep cheering for Maxwell! He’s far from your typical charismatic lead character. I’d love to know how he came to be.

    I also stopped to wonder if the 13th day on Hellfire was a Friday haha.

    With your permission, I’d like to spend some of my own time coming up with ideas to adapt Pioneer into a “visual novel” type game that would help fuel the interest in space exploration. I’m submitting my email address and I’d be happy to talk in more detail.

    I agree with your preface. “This is a good book!” You really dug up a gem.

    Thank you for such a fun read,
    AJ

  • wayne

    AJ–
    You need to talk Mr. Z. into releasing the graphic-novel version of Pioneer!
    (And a “50th anniversary” edition, as it were, of Genesis for 2018.)

  • Tom Lynn

    Bob, I listen to you on the John Batchelor Show whenever I am at work, and you are also on the program.
    I have also explored your website.
    If I may be so bold, I would suggest that you segregate the space stuff all in one place, and all the other stuff in a whole nuther place.
    Also, I see a role for you in our space program as an administrator. Have you considered this, and would you accept?

    Thanks,
    –Tom

  • Tom Lynn: Thank you for your support.

    As for your suggestion, sorry but no. Whenever others have previously suggested this it has usually been because they disagree with my perspective, and rather than learn from the political stories that I post, they desire instead to segregate them into a ghetto where they won’t have their “safe space” violated by facts that bother them. I won’t do that. Every story I link to is factual, carefully chosen by me because the facts there are documented. If the truth bothers you, then you need to question your own open-mindedness.

  • Tom Lynn: As to whether I would consider a position as an administrator or manager at NASA, the real question is whether anyone would ever offer it to me. Personally, I think hell will freeze over before any politician from either party would have anything to do with me. I am simply too honest and straightforward. I brown-nose no one. (See for example this post by me about a Mike Pence speech about space earlier this year.)

    These days, our politicians want toadies to do their bidding. Not my cup of tea.

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