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An evening pause: In celebration of the first monsoon rain this past Saturday here in Tucson.

Hat tip Willi Kusche.

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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  • wayne

    Occasionally get extremely well defined lightning storms coming in off Lake Michigan, but have not seen one like the video, in quite a while.

    Lots-o-rain, thunder, and lightning, the past 10 days in Michigan. Had a very late Spring, then it went straight to the 90’s. We are in peak Tornado Season, colliding Low & High pressure zones, tend to concern us. (On the upside, the Tornado count this season is only 50% of the historic average.)

    >Northern Wisconsin & the Upper Peninsula were hammered over the weekend. Michigan Tech (in Houghton, Michigan,) is temporarily closed.
    “Flash Flooding, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula”
    June 17th, 2018

    Had an F-5 tornado wipe out a few towns 62 years ago-
    The West Michigan Tornadoes of April 3, 1956

  • John M. Egan

    As a meteorologist, this is a true delight!

  • ted

    Visually excellent, but the stupid sound effects could have been left out. Seeing lightning miles away and hearing a crack at the same time?

    It reminds me of combat footage where a bomb explodes in the distance and somebody has added an explosion sound so they occur simultaneously.

    It cheapens the show.

  • wayne

    completely agree on fake sound fx’s. (especially with historical films)

    For this one, it’s more “art” than a documentary (as it were), but agree the delay is an integral part of the experience, it’s a feature of reality, not a bug.

  • Enjoy watching thunderstorms from a safe distance (miles), but after twenty years in the South and some way-too-close-for-comfort-strikes, just as happy to live in place where lightning storms are uncommon.

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