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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Russians aim for Dec for fixing ISS leak permanently

The Russians announced yesterday that they plan the full and permanent repair of the small inch-long crack leaking air on ISS to occur in December, after required material is shipped to the station.

According to the official, the crack was the width of a hair and located in a hard-to-reach spot of Zvezda’s shell.

Solovyov did not specify the spacecraft that will deliver the sealing materials to the ISS, but the only one scheduled to fly in December is Cargo Dragon, a reusable freight spaceship of US private company SpaceX. The soonest flight of a Russian cargo spacecraft — Progress MS-16 — has been postponed until December 2021.

They also plan a spacewalk in the next two weeks to inspect the exterior of the Zvezda module where the crack is located.

I have yet to see an image of the crack itself. Why none has been made easily available is somewhat puzzling.


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  • pzatchok

    I actually hope this was a metallurgy defect. Some small inclusion. Something isolated.
    Yes it could happen all over the module if it is but it also means that the other modules are safe.
    It also means that stress was taken into account correctly.
    And corrosion is not a problem so far.

  • Richard M

    “The soonest flight of a Russian cargo spacecraft — Progress MS-16 — has been postponed until December 2021.”

    Wait – this doesn’t sound right . . .

    All the launch schedules I follow still have this flight for Dec. 11 2020.

    But if the Russians HAVE delayed it, it is hard to believe they are going to go over a year without a Progress cargo supply mission.

    I wonder if Sputnik screwed up this story.

  • pzatchok

    This sounds like a job for Flex Seal.
    Ask them for a material donation and an advertising fee.

  • Edward_2

    Ha! pzatchok, you beat me to it.

  • Jeff

    Flex Seal may be good, but don’t count out Gorilla Tape or T-Rex brand.

    Better yet, the Russians should just check out Project Farm’s tests…

  • Billy Mays here! Folks, let me introduce you to Flex Seal. Leaking roof, or leaking space station, it’s a wonder material and FREE SHIPPING!

  • Spectrum Shift

    Don’t forget Fix-A-Flat!

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