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April 23, 2019 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

The first segment is embedded below the fold. The second segment is not yet available.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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  • Edward

    I think that the difference between the reporting of SpaceX’s problem with its launch escape system and Boeing’s problem is that SpaceX’s problem resulted in a spectacular plume of smoke that was noticed by many people. Curiosity and concern naturally followed, and people wanted to know what had happened. Boeing’s problem went unnoticed and unknown until it was announced in a more proper and controlled way.

  • Edward: Yeah, that makes sense. At the same time, there is always a heightened interest in whatever SpaceX does, since it has such a spectacular track record. Boeing not so much, which means their won’t be as much interest.

  • Edward

    SpaceX does not seem to be afraid to let everyone know that rocket science is hard. They make their spectacular failures public as a matter of policy, or even entertainment: (2 minutes: SpaceX failure compilation)

    They seem to enjoy the interest that was generated in their company.

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