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On Christmas Eve 1968 three Americans became the first humans to visit another world. What they did to celebrate was unexpected and profound, and will be remembered throughout all human history. Genesis: the Story of Apollo 8, Robert Zimmerman's classic history of humanity's first journey to another world, tells that story, and it is now available as both an ebook and an audiobook, both with a foreword by Valerie Anders and a new introduction by Robert Zimmerman.

The ebook is available everywhere for $5.99 (before discount) at amazon, or direct from my ebook publisher, ebookit.

The audiobook is also available at all these vendors, and is also free with a 30-day trial membership to Audible.

"Not simply about one mission, [Genesis] is also the history of America's quest for the moon... Zimmerman has done a masterful job of tying disparate events together into a solid account of one of America's greatest human triumphs." --San Antonio Express-News

An evening pause: A short, simple and thoughtful 1977 Czechoslovakian animated film by Jankovics Marcell.

Hat tip Wayne DeVette.


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  • mpthompson

    Very nice metaphor for life.

  • Localfluff

    This is a nice 4 minute collage of space flight history:

  • wayne

    Interesting video, could maybe have been a bit longer however, but nicely put together nonetheless. ( They sorta rushed through the first 1/2 of the 20th century.)

    there is this fellow who wrote a whole encyclopedia….

  • Localfluff

    Armchair astronomy is a 1960s radio show by Hayden Observatory discussing astronomy. To be found on youtube. The contrast to what is known today is interesting.

    Episode #50 is about habitable zones in the Solar System, and not much progress has been made there. How to define life? Even then patterns on the surface of Mars were still suggested having potential intelligent origin!

    Episode #49 is about a comet which could then be seen in the daylight sky. It is a dot. Its only properties is its position and brightness. That’s it. Compare that with what is now known about 67P/C-G, the 67th periodic comet discovered, in 1969.

  • wayne

    LocalFluff– very cool radio shows! Glad somebody took the effort to upload them.

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