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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Tony Bennett – It Had to Be You

An evening pause: Hat tip Edward Thelen.

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One comment

  • Localfluff

    For fun: An astronomer said that he read about the Moon illusion, that the size of the Moon on the sky seems to change much more than it physically does due to its eccentricity. It was claimed that one can cover the full Moon behind a fingernail on arm’s length, which is quite counter-intuitive. He calculated in his head that a 1 cm wide finger on a 1 meter arm covers 1/300 of a circle which is one degree. The Moon is only a half. But he had to go out and check if it’s actually true!

    Astronomy is the dichotomy of theory and observation/exploration. Science can’t really “prove” anything, but mathematics can. And it is always reliable. One can’t check out a charm quark with the finger, but we know it’s there (or there). Still, human instinct has the urge to see if it can outsmart logic. I think it is a sound general distrust to claims that doesn’t make any exception for logic. Before logic was discovered, not too long ago, who would’ve thought that anything like that could be?

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