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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SpaceX completes the first launch in 2022

Capitalism in space: SpaceX today successfully launched 49 Starlink satellites, thus completing the first launch in 2022.

The first stage landed safely, completing its third flight.

It appears SpaceX alone could have as many as five launches in January, suggesting that 2022 will get off to a very fast start.


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  • Jason Rose

    Bob – slight error – its 2022 :-)

  • Jason Rose: Thank you. Habits die hard. All fixed.

  • Jeff Wright

    Russia’s Baikonur is having Kazakh problems…or vice-versa. Abandoning national assets could make this Putin’s Afghan pull-out. Maybe the unrest was behind the recent UAE deal.

    The UAE may deal with Israel with smiles-or maybe Kazakhs are their North Korean proxies–all of a sudden…R-7 looks even more like a minaret…if not the tallest spire of the Iron City of Dis bursting out of the Earth.

  • Questioner

    We all love the living god Elon Musk for his exploits and technical daring (see current developments in Boca Chica). But it is very good for your own mental health to make fun of Musk (not only for fanboys!) when you get the chance. This funny video offers the opportunity again!

    “Elon Musk Invents UNDERGROUND Traffic Jam!”

  • Questioner: You will cease the name-calling, now. I am tired of you referring to anyone who expresses admiration of Musk and his effort as a “fanboy”. It is insulting, and inappropriate, especially on this site. Those who comment here have made it quite clear that they admire him for rational reasons, and are also aware of his faults.

    Similarly, just because Edward rationally disagrees with you about labeling the U.S. as an empire does not justify suggesting he is now “bordering on madness.”

    You will stop. You will treat those you are debating with respect. Do it again and I will suspend you for a week.

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