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The campaign however must go on, especially because I have added more regular features to my daily workload. In addition to my daily never-ending reporting on space exploration and science, my regular launch reports, my monthly sunspot updates, the regular cool images, and the evening pauses I post each evening, I have now added a daily weekday post I have entitled "Today's blacklisted American." Its goal is not to discuss policy or politics, but to note the endless examples occurring across the United States where some jack-booted thug or thugs think it is proper and acceptable to censor, blackball, cancel, and destroy an innocent American, merely because that American has expressed or holds an opinion or is of a race or religion that is no longer considered acceptable to the dominant leftist and bigoted culture. I want to make clear to every American that a large number of your fellow citizens no longer believe in the enlightened concept of freedom of speech or the idea of treating each person by the quality of their character.

 

Instead, they wish to shut you up, and oppress you if you happen to disagree with them or have the wrong skin color. This evil must be exposed.

 

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Hubble’s main camera down

The main camera on the Hubble Space Telescope has suspended operations, and remains so as engineers troubleshoot the problem.

According to NASA, at 8:31 p.m. EST Feb. 28 (01:31 GMT March 1), 2019, the Advanced Camera for Surveys, or ACS, suspended its operations when an error was detected while the instrument was performing a routine boot procedure. “The error indicated that software inside the camera had not loaded correctly,” a statement from NASA reads. “A team of instrument system engineers, flight software experts and flight operations personnel quickly organized to download and analyze instrument diagnostic information.

They have not yet pinpointed the cause of the problem. The telescope has other cameras, however, though one of which had problems several months ago.

It is ten years since the last shuttle repair mission. That mission was expected to extend the telescope’s life for five years. Thus, the end Hubble’s life is getting closer and closer.

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.
 

6 comments

  • geoffc

    Don’t worry your pretty little head… Webb will be ready any minute now… Wait for it, wait for it… Any second now…

    Well maybe by 2030? I hope?

  • Col Beausabre

    No, there will be no Webb. No FLOP-G. No SLS. No Dragon. No Dreamchaser. Elon Musk will be reduced to his proper place in the New Order – pauperdom by taxation. Bernie and AOC say the money is needed down here for the Green New Deal. Sorry.

  • wayne

    The Marxist Alexandria Ortega Castro….

    “Taxman”
    The Beatles
    8-5-66 (remastered 2009)
    https://youtu.be/l0zaebtU-CA
    2:38

    “If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street,
    If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat.
    If you get too cold I’ll tax the heat,
    If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet.”

  • wayne

    “The Hubble Space Telescope and the Visionaries Who Built It”
    Robert Zimmerman; WGBH Forum, Boston
    https://youtu.be/5mNJAf83YTs
    (1:24:30)

  • Col Beausabre

    Wayne, It is said that Faraday once had a delegation of the Great and Good visit his laboratory. After a tour and a demonstration, the prime minister asked, “But Mr. Faraday, of what practical good is this electricity ?” to which the great scientist replied, “I have no idea my lord, but I can predict that one day you will tax it.”

  • wayne

    Col Beausabre-
    Most excellent!

    The Stamp Act of 1765
    https://youtu.be/O9JJuVxtNOc
    2:17

    Anyway….
    Hubble = great instrument. It’s eventual non-functioning, will be a great loss.

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