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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Dragon returns successfully from ISS

Capitalism in space: A reused Dragon capsule successfully splashed down on Saturday, returning after a month-long cargo mission to ISS.

The successful splashdown Saturday marked the conclusion of SpaceX’s 14th resupply mission to the space station under the space transport company’s more than $3 billion, 20-launch cargo contract with NASA. It was the third round-trip cargo flight with a reused Dragon capsule.

I await the first time one of these capsules completes its third flight into space. That will be significant.

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2 comments

  • geoffc

    I like that they are painting ‘kill marks’ with an ISS silhouette on the Dragon for each visit.

    I look forward to a Dragon that looks like an A-10 that saw service in the first gulf war.

  • pzatchok

    I want to see them test it with a life like mannequin inside during re-entry.
    Could a space suited astronaut use it as an emergency escape ship?

    How fast could it be sent from the station to earth entry? How much life support would it need? Is a space suit enough? Will it be smooth enough or with it scramble the passengers?

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