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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Volcano Eruption in Papua New Guinea

An evening pause: I don’t know why, but somehow I think this is appropriate for election day.

Hat tip Jim Mallamace.

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  • Diane Wilson

    I’d go with Kilauea. It just keeps spewing and spewing and spewing.

  • wayne

    Heavy turnout in Michigan this year– roughly 53% of registered voters showed up.

  • Kirk

    Is that video of the Europa Clipper blowing up?

    Has there been serious discussion on EC’s chances without Representative Culberson, who lost 47.7% / 52.3% to Lizzie Fletcher?

  • mkent

    Has there been serious discussion on EC’s chances without Representative Culberson, who lost 47.7% / 52.3% to Lizzie Fletcher?

    In my opinion, Europa Clipper is pretty safe. It’s the next-highest priority on the Planetary Decadal Survey after the Mars 2020 rover. It’s received a formal new-start from NASA and the Administration. Europa Lander, however, is hanging by a thread. It was really only there because of Culberson. The next-highest priority on the Decadal Survery after Clipper was a Uranus orbiter, not Europa Lander. I don’t think Lander even made the list.

    We’ll see how this all plays out in the next few months. The 2020 budget request in early February will be telling.

  • That was great! Really cool how you can see the shock wave. You know it’s going to be loud, but wow! Judging by the time lag they look to be about 2.5 miles away, which seems safe enough, but I wondered about the freighters anchored basically next to a volcano.

  • Kirk

    Thanks mkent! I was mistakenly conflating Rep. Culberson’s championing of the Europa Lander with the Europa Clipper program in whole.

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