August 7, 2020 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

Genesis cover

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.

The ebook is available everywhere for $5.99 (before discount) at amazon, or direct from my ebook publisher, ebookit.

The audiobook is also available at all these vendors, and is also free with a 30-day trial membership to Audible.

"Not simply about one mission, [Genesis] is also the history of America's quest for the moon... Zimmerman has done a masterful job of tying disparate events together into a solid account of one of America's greatest human triumphs." --San Antonio Express-News

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  • LocalFluff

    John Batchelor was a bit surprised about the term “mushball”, is that really the scientific term for it? So it is in astronomy. I think it started with Fred Hoyle in the 1940s dismissing the expansion of the universe with “As if it all started with a big bang!” in an interview for BBC, not recorded unfortunately, they’ve kindly responded to my email question about it. Since then astronomy has been plagued by funny expressions like black hole and local fluff (which is the slightly denser interstellar medium surrounding us and the nearest few stars, inside of the local bubble of the local chimney which is our “local” place in the galaxy). Earlier, astronomers used Latin to name such things as asteroids and features of Mars. If 100 years ago an astronomer would’ve used the word “mushball” he’d be told to go home for the day and sober up. But now it is published.

  • Jay

    Heard the podcast and yes Bob you are correct about Bezo$ cashing out his stock to create the “Bezos Earth Fund”:

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