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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On the radio

On Sunday evening I will be doing another long appearance on Coast to Coast with George Noory. I expect the first hour will talk about SpaceX and commercial space, and the second on some of the more recent planetary missions, both on-going and forthcoming.


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  • t-dub

    Robert, great to hear you are going to be on Coast again, especially for two hours! I will not miss it.

  • wayne

    For everyone who didn’t stay up late on Sunday night…

    Coast to Coast AM

    “In the first half, space historian Robert Zimmerman provided updates on the latest space news. He reacted to the recent accident at the SpaceX Launchpad in which an explosion destroyed a rocket and a satellite that was about to be launched.”

  • J Fincannon

    Per the inquiry on the show about what to do about fallen possible space debris, this article seemed to have some advice.

    Amusing and interesting article.
    “Reichel explained that the best approach whenever a suspected space debris object is found is to immediately notify CORDS and NASA since they are easy to contact online and have a vast database of orbital debris. They will also notify DoS, who will notify the UN of the found debris. The objects retain the ownership of the launching state, so, even if a Chinese debris is found on US soil, there is a good chance that the Chinese will ask the UN and the US Government for its release back to them.”

    CORDS is a private company
    NASA has an office
    DoS is the Department of State.

  • wayne

    J Fincannon– thanks for that info!

    Finally had a chance to listen to the entire CtC show, and I was pleasantly surprised as to the quality of the questions. (I was expecting UFO’s and anatomical-probing, stuff.)
    (The Youtube replay btw, has no commercials, “priceless!”)

    For the gentleman in Georgia, I think it was, with the potential piece of a meteorite. My wife was a Geologist & she occasional had inquiries about “strange rocks.”
    “Easy” stuff she could ID immediately but she would often refer people to the Geology department at our local Community College or one of our many State Universities. (They were more than happy to help.)

    (and yes, she owned a very-nice 3 gram cube of an iron-nickel meteorite I bought for her on our 20th anniversary. Diamonds might be forever, but meteorite chunks are truly, out-of-this-world.)

  • Wayne

    generalized meteorite identification–

    International Meteorite Collectors Association

  • Wayne: The gentleman from Georgia emailed me after the show, and we corresponded about his rock. He even sent me pictures. Very quickly, after doing some research, we determined it is not a meteorite.

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