Every shuttle launch, simultaneously

Ninth Anniversary Fund-Raising Drive for Behind the Black

In celebration of the ninth anniversary of the beginning this website, I am now holding a month-long fund-raising drive.

Your support not only keeps this website alive, it gives me the freedom to speak honestly about science and culture, instead of being forced to write it as others demand.

So, I ask you to please consider donating by giving either a one-time contribution or a regular subscription, as outlined in the tip jar below.


Regular readers can support Behind The Black with a contribution via paypal:

Or with a subscription with regular donations from your Paypal or credit card account:


If Paypal doesn't work for you, you can support Behind The Black directly by sending your donation by check, payable to Robert Zimmerman, to
Behind The Black
c/o Robert Zimmerman
P.O.Box 1262
Cortaro, AZ 85652

An evening pause: A special evening pause, to remember what happened on this date 32 years ago. Despite the many successes shown here, there of course is one that stands out for different and tragic reasons.

Hat tip Wayne DeVette.



  • Michael Dean Miller


    Glad you showed Challenger. An unpleasant yet vital reminder that the Future has its costs

    God Speed to all the Astronauts, Cosmonauts and Taikonauts with brass enough to Ride Fire.

  • Ted

    Without the Shuttle there would be no Hubble, no ISS and how many countless other missions would not have launched? It wasn’t perfect, we lost some wonderful people, brave people – true hero’s of our time.

    With Falcon Heavy coming on-line soon I am sure many more innovative space probes will be dreamed of, built and sent into space.

    This tribute comes only a few days after John Young made his final voyage – one of the first two astronauts to pilot a shuttle.

  • Frank

    Science, technology and art. This is wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

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