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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The Falcon 9 first stage landing barge about to set sail

The competition heats up: The barge that SpaceX has modified to provide an ocean platform for the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket to land on is ready to leave port for Friday’s Dragon launch.

I think this Friday’s launch should be far more interesting and exciting that the Orion test flight a little over a week ago. Unlike the Orion flight, SpaceX will be attempting something that has never been done before. And should they succeed, they will rock the aerospace industry as much as Sputnik did in 1957.

Update: SpaceX put out a press release late on Tuesday detailing precisely what they hope to do, with videos from previous atttempts.


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  • geoffc

    And the really cool part happens, after the paying customers mission is done with the first stage.

    So Dragon will deliver cargo, and hopefully the first stage will land. Cool and utilitarian.

    So much better than the Orion waste of money EFT-1 test.

  • Scott

    Musk is quite reasonably hedging this operation. He assessed the probability of successfully pulling off an intact recovery of the booster stage as “probably not more than a 50 percent chance.” If it succeeds, the video of the landing will be right out of a 50’s SF movie! Ya gotta hope!

  • BSJ

    How in the world are they going to be able to get all four pads of the landing legs to make contact at the same time, with the barge pitching and rolling all over the place?

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