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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VAB to be opened to tourists for the first time in years

The Vehicle Assembly Building at Cape Canaveral is going to be opened to tourists for the first time in years.

Back in around 1977 I was down in Florida for that year’s science fiction Worldcon convention. At one point we went out to the space center to take the tour. Since this was after Apollo but before the shuttle, the VAB was then part of the tour, and they took us inside at the ground level so we could look up into its vast height. Hopefully, the new tours will let the tourists see more.

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  • cdw from canada

    I was inside the building in 1967 as Apollo 1 was going to the pad. It was the most important event of my life at that time, I was 7 years old. Grissom, Chaffee, and White, I will never forget them.

  • jwing

    Took the kids on a road trip this summer to Cape Canaveral. We only drove past the VAB in the bus but it was amazing. At the time, the shuttle Atlantis was standing on 39A for its July 8th launch. It was a great road trip; we visited: the Wright Brothers Museum at Kitty Hawk, NC; the Smithsonian Air and Space Musuem on the Mall, the Smithsonian Hanger in Chantilly, VA.; Cape Canaveral, the Wright Brother’s bike shop in Dayton, Ohio, the Air Force Museum in Dayton where we went to the experimental hanger and touched the XB-22 Valkyrie and X15up close; the Chicago Museum of Science’s U505 exhibit all in 10 days while still visiting Disney Land. It’s great to be a Dad with three kids ages 9, 8 and 8, because I got to be a kid again, too.

  • Jwing: color me green.

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