The final week of my annual February birthday month fund-raising campaign for Behind the Black has begun. I continue to be overwhelmed by the outpouring of support, including numerous donations and a surge of new subscribers willing to commit to donating anywhere from $2 to $25 per month. Wow! The numbers are too many to send out individual thank you’s, so please forgive me for thanking you all with this one announcement.


The campaign however must go on, especially because I have added more regular features to my daily workload. In addition to my daily never-ending reporting on space exploration and science, my regular launch reports, my monthly sunspot updates, the regular cool images, and the evening pauses I post each evening, I have now added a daily weekday post I have entitled "Today's blacklisted American." Its goal is not to discuss policy or politics, but to note the endless examples occurring across the United States where some jack-booted thug or thugs think it is proper and acceptable to censor, blackball, cancel, and destroy an innocent American, merely because that American has expressed or holds an opinion or is of a race or religion that is no longer considered acceptable to the dominant leftist and bigoted culture. I want to make clear to every American that a large number of your fellow citizens no longer believe in the enlightened concept of freedom of speech or the idea of treating each person by the quality of their character.


Instead, they wish to shut you up, and oppress you if you happen to disagree with them or have the wrong skin color. This evil must be exposed.


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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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