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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Russia launches new crew to ISS

Russia tonight successfully launched a Soyuz capsule carrying a new three-person crew to ISS using its Soyuz-2 rocket.

The leaders in the 2020 launch race:

26 China
16 SpaceX
11 Russia
4 ULA
4 Europe (Arianespace)

The U.S. and China remained tied at 26 in the national rankings.

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5 comments

  • Captain Emeritus

    How long are we going to rent rides to our space station, from the barbaric, murderous, russian communists?

  • Captain Emeritus: This was the last paid-for ride. Future rides will be by barter, we on their ship in exchange for them on ours. This is to make sure everyone knows how everything works, which is just common sense.

  • pzatchok

    All they really need for the Space X ride home is to pick out their in flight meal and movie.

  • Chris

    Space x plus ula = 20, how do we (usa) get to 26?

  • Chris: I am only listing the leaders. The U.S. has two other launch companies, Rocket Lab and Northrop Grumman, that have also completed launches, but not enough to make the leader board.

    In January I will publish the full list, with my annual launch report. Go here for the 2019 report.

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