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On the road

I am presently in Columbus, Ohio and will be in Dayton, Ohio tomorrow to give the keynote speech at the 44th Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace Sciences Symposium, sponsored by the Dayton-Cincinnati section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The topic will the Apollo 8 mission and how it changed the world.

Thus, posting tomorrow will likely be spotty.

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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  • wayne

    Hey Bob–
    I see it’s like’ 6 degrees in Dayton tonight! Similar coldness in W. Michigan. Hope you dressed warm!

  • Matt in AZ

    Any chance you’ll be fitting in a visit to the National Museum of the USAF on this trip? I grew up in Dayton, and never got tired of visiting the place. Yes I’m biased, but it may be the best aerospace museum in the world.

  • mkent

    “…Yes I’m biased, but it may be the best aerospace museum in the world.”

    I have no ties to Ohio, so I’m not biased, ;-) and I’ll say the AF museum is the second-best aerospace museum in the world, behind only the Smithsonian Air & Space museum. It truly is a wonder. You can start at a Wright Flyer replica and proceed chronologically through the development of flight into the modern age. The experimental hangar is aerospace heaven — truly a wondrous, awe-inspiring experience.

    And if you’re truly an airplane geek, be sure to check out Huffman Prairie. There’s not much there visually — just a path and some detailed signs — but that is the site where the Wright Brothers truly worked out the science of aviation. Not much to see — so your guests may be bored — but that is where man first learned how to fly.

    Dangit, now I want to go back.

  • Noah Peal

    Will an audio record or transcript be available to the general public?

  • Noah Peal: Nope, not this time. However, will be giving the same presentation in Knoxville in April and then again in Huntville in July. Details to be posted on BtB shortly. Come and see it live!

  • wayne

    Columbus is actually a nice place (over-all), but have only ever visited on antiquing-specific trips, so spent most of our time in the hinterland looking for stone & dinnerware.
    -They do have the Ohio Railway Museum just north of the city.

    If we are taking a vote; I’d nominate the Chicago Museum of Science & Industry as a particularly good museum. As well, impressed with the Boston Museum of Science.

    >Dayton weather.

  • wayne

    Let’s go for a drive, shall we?….

    Columbus, Ohio
    [ Interstate 70, Interstate 670, and Ohio St Rt 315 North]
    The Highwayman
    (Music by Alan Parsons project)

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