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Louis Armstrong – A Kiss To Build A Dream On

An evening pause: Performed live in 1962.

Hat tip Jim Mallamace.

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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  • Lee Stevenson

    Apparently this video contains content from SVT ( I’m presuming that is the Swedish TV corp ) and I can’t watch it due to copyright reasons….. ( I’m in Sweden… Your guess is as good as mine???),
    One direct for you Bob…. I don’t know if it is his own or not, but I just heard Neil deGrasse Tyson remark on Apollo 8, “They went to the moon, but discovered the Earth”, which I think is wonderfully poetic. You have probably heard it before, but thought it worth sharing anyway.

  • Lee Stevenson: Tyson is quoting my book.

  • Lee Stevenson

    @Bob…. I had a sneaking suspicion…. It’s a compliment to your writing skills that it’s made the journey into general use….. It’s a wonderful turn of phrase. It’s a shame he didn’t give you credit.

  • Lee Stevenson: Actually, I should be more precise. Tyson is quoting from my book a quote from astronaut Bill Anders. I didn’t write it, I only conveyed what Bill Anders had said on his way back from the Moon.

  • Lee Stevenson

    I guess whatever the origen, it’s a beautiful, and very thoughtful and thought provoking phrase. The photos from Apollo 8, and from Voyager 1’s “pale blue dot” picture throw our planet into remarkable context, and anything that helps keep these perspectives in the eye of our future generations is all for the good!
    I’m not the kind of guy that gets wet eyed easily, but the late great Carl Sagan’s monologue regarding the voyagers photo always fills me up
    Here we stand at the entrance to a new year and a new beginning in many different ways, I hope we can all overcome our differences, and perhaps work together, world wide, to get off this rock, and start to migrate.

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