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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Why Are 96,000,000 Black Balls on This Reservoir?

An evening pause: Some engineering solutions are simply beyond prediction.

Hat tip Edward Thelen.

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  • Scott M.

    Apologies for the thread hijack, but is anyone watching the Starliner demo launch? Sounds like the spacecraft’s engines didn’t fire, it might be coming back in rather than getting to ISS.

  • $0.25 each in lots of 5000 on Alibaba. Shipping in 15 days. The product description notes bird control and chemical reaction abatement as primary uses. The description appears to reference the LA Reservoir directly:
    “. . . pouring a nice blanket of dark spheres over a reservoir prevents that hot California sun from breaking through, . . .”

    And: ” . . . shade balls reduce water loss by about 300 million gallons a year, which is pretty good for a side gig.”

  • Col Beausabre

    I bet it drove the Russian an Chinese recon satellite operators absolutely knuts….”What are those crazy Americans doing NOW ?!”

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