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

I will be doing the first hour with George Noory on Coast to Coast tonight, talking about space and science stuff. Should be fun, as always.


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  • kelly

    you made the statement that we very definately went to the moon in 1969 and the photographs were real. In the 90’s Johnathan Frakes hosted a tv special where they showed that i one of the photographs the astronauts image was covering the hash mark that was ecthed into the lens of the camera, that photo was definately faked. I dont see why they would fake only one. Also, please explain to me how the spacesuits could deal with the rapid change in temperature of 350 degrees when the astronauts stepped from the shadow of the spacecraft into the sunlight.

  • Hi Kelly,

    1. Having written for the Science Channel and other television outlets, I never take very seriously any claims made by such shows, especially such extraordinary claims that images from the moon were faked. In fact, the extraordinary claim that the moon landings were faked will require an extraordinary level and quality of evidence before any reasonable person could take it seriously. So far, everything I’ve seen has been shallow, weak, and almost always easily disproved.

    2. How did the astronaut spacesuits manage to deal with the large shifts in temperature between lit and shadowed areas on the Moon? This is so easy it is laughable. The Apollo suits work the same way modern spacesuits work on ISS as the astronauts move from light to shadow and the station goes from day to night every 45 minutes. In fact, the actual temperature difference on the Moon was much less than what is experienced on ISS, since it was daytime on the Moon and the overall temperature was relatively the same, though colder in shadowed areas. At ISS the 45 minutes the station spends at night each orbit gets it much colder.

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