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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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Leak search on ISS narrows further

Further work on ISS by the astronauts has now narrowed the location of the station’s long-term slow leak to the aft area of the Russian Zvezda module.

As of Monday, the station crew had not located the precise site of the leak, but officials believe they have traced it to a transfer compartment at the rear section of the Zvezda module, near an aft docking port where a Russian Progress resupply freighter is attached.

The rate of leak continues to be slow and thus not any danger to the crew. It is also a concern, as it could become a safety issue should it increase. They want to find it and patch it. Furthermore, Zvezda is ISS’s second oldest module, launched in 2000. If this leak is a sign of that age is even more essential to know.

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2 comments

  • Jay

    I was checking on the age of the modules on the ISS and I did not know that Zvesda was the core to Mir-2! Throw a can of Flex-Seal into the next Progress flight, that will seal it up. I wonder if this will delay the launch of Nauka.

  • LocalFluff

    As you said on the JB show, if it is the docking port that is leaking, that’s a more serious problem than a micrometeorite hole. Perhaps the stress of the next docking it will rupture and become a serious leak. Perhaps the next Progress will fail to dock because of damaged larger than what the as of yet tiny leak is a symptom of. That’s worst case scenaria. But changing a docking port is even in the best case scenario a resource consuming project with space walks et cetera.

    Anyway, the ISS is not at risk. The astronauts would just seal off that module and a bit more crowded spend more time playing weightless 3D chess with the cosmonauts.

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