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April 2, 2024 Quick space links

Courtesy of BtB’s stringer Jay. This post is also an open thread. I welcome my readers to post any comments or additional links relating to any space issues, even if unrelated to the links below.

  • Head of France’s space agency visits Axiom
  • In recent weeks France has suddenly discovered the wonders of capitalism. This visit likely involves its recognition that ISS is soon going away, and that it will have to then deal with private commercial station operators.





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On Christmas Eve 1968 three Americans became the first humans to visit another world. What they did to celebrate was unexpected and profound, and will be remembered throughout all human history. Genesis: the Story of Apollo 8, Robert Zimmerman's classic history of humanity's first journey to another world, tells that story, and it is now available as both an ebook and an audiobook, both with a foreword by Valerie Anders and a new introduction by Robert Zimmerman.

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  • wayne

    2001: A Space Odyssey
    Dawn of Man

  • Doubting Thomas

    I remember going with my dad to see the premier of 2001. As we were walking out of the movie theater, he said to me: “I didn’t really understand the beginning and end of the movie”. I was 14 and too cool to admit that I was a little unsure myself. Now I wish I had told him the truth.

  • Ray Van Dune

    I went to the premier showing with a bunch of young guys my age. Later, over beers we discussed what parts we liked the best. The popular winner by far was the light show near the end.

    But I picked the early scene where the high-flung bone morphed into an orbiting satellite, and HAL telling the astronaut “I’m sorry Dave, but I’m afraid I can’t do that!”

  • Tony

    2001 got the government coverups correct.

  • Andi

    My dad, Chief of Meteorological Satellites at the time, took me to the launch of his baby, Tiros I. From what I remember, it was quite spectacular. I have a letter addressed to him from T Keith Glennan, NASA Administrator, dated April 1, 1960, congratulating him on the “splendid achievement represented by the flight of Tiros I”, and going on to state “This first step on the road to meteorological satellite systems means very much to this nation and, I hope, to the world.” Tiros, and its followon, Nimbus, proved to be fantastically successful. Quite a feather in his cap!

    What was really interesting that Tiros used a TV camera (it was after all, Television Infra Red Observation Satellite) to take pictures and record them on magnetic tape, which was then rewound and played back when the satellite was over a ground station. No space-based communications network at the time!

    Miss you, Dad.

  • Jeff Wright

    You were lucky.

    My Dad—a good man I also miss—hated space and vacation travel.

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