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

Hat tip Wayne DeVette.

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.

Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at amazon, Barnes & Noble, all ebook vendors, or direct from the ebook publisher, ebookit. And if you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and I get a bigger cut much sooner.


  • 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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