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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October 23, 2020 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

Embedded below the fold in two parts. Note that my commentary about OSIRIS-REx took place before yesterday’s press release which outlined how much they had captured and forced them to cancel the spin maneuver that would have weighed the sample so that they store it as quickly as possible.


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One comment

  • LocalFluff

    If Bennu and Ryugu are rubble piles collected from many asteroids, I think there will be a problem with interpreting the samples. One wouldn’t know where they came from. Just a few meters away the sample might’ve been very different. They might have picked up one piece of gravel that is mostly carbon, another that is mostly silicon and a third that is mostly iron. Where does one go from there?

    Meteorites are not that bad. Only their surface has been burned by the friction through the atmosphere, the inner remains untouched. So much so that life could prevail there, safe from the heat and violence outside. The main problem is that one doesn’t know their context, where they came from. And I’m afraid that the two asteroid samples coming home soon won’t be much more helpful because of the character of these two asteroids.

    An astronomer said that he got a phone call one day, by a guy who wanted to sell him a meteorite from Venus, That’d be exceptionally interesting! But at first look it turned out to probably be just another one from Vesta and could not have Venusian origin.

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