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.

 
Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at amazon, Barnes & Noble, all ebook vendors, or direct from the ebook publisher, ebookit.
 

How to watch Musk’s Starship update tonight

SpaceX has just announced the time (7 pm Central) for Elon Musk’s speech tonight updating the world on the status of Starship and Super Heavy.

If you want to watch, you can watch it on SpaceX’s website. Or you can watch it here, in the embed below:

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2 comments

  • Rob Fryer

    You can feel the moon and Mars getting closer.
    Elon’s StarShip is many things but the 2 things that stuck out
    in his presentation were simple but are worth thinking about

    Elon repeated that just getting to orbit is hard.
    A combination of Earth’s high gravity and thick air makes it hard.

    And in his simulation it appeared that his stubby hypersonic
    wings can move in 3 dimensions, changing the center of drag
    for reentry to make the StarShip more stable.
    Amazing.

  • Col Beausabre

    Jeeze, , It DOES look like a silo – complete with the barn to its left!

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