Monuments to Wonder

February 16, 2017 / 0 comments

Aimed toward the sky – these radio telescopes look up into space. Listening, collecting, as monuments to wonder. Where are they aimed, what are they listening to, looking at, receiving? Considered as a monument, the dish stands for the yet to know and understand, and sometimes less often for communication with something or someone orbiting Earth or another…

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Exploring Extraterrestrial Oceans Here on Earth

March 12, 2015 / 0 comments

NASA has announced that observations from the Hubble telescope suggest there is a vast underground ocean on Jupiter’s moon Ganymede, which is also the largest moon in our solar system: “Scientists estimate the ocean is 60 miles (100 kilometers) thick – 10 times deeper than Earth’s oceans – and is buried under a 95-mile (150-kilometer)…

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Drawing of imagined space settlement, a ring of green residence in a space station.

Obama and Space Settlement: 2015 SOTU

January 21, 2015 / 0 comments

I wonder if this is the first mention of space settlement in a US president’s State of the Union address? “I want Americans to win the race for the kinds of discoveries that unleash new jobs — converting sunlight into liquid fuel; creating revolutionary prosthetics, so that a veteran who gave his arms for his country can…

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graphical Image of Low Earth Orbit orbital debris around the earth

Two Approaches to ‘Space Junk’: “Cultural Heritage of Space Exploration” & “Orbital Wake of the Anthropocene”

January 17, 2015 / 0 comments

NASA has an Orbital Debris Program Office dedicated to the question of space debris. The featured image for this post comes from this office, and is an image of debris in LEO. LEO “stands for low Earth orbit and is the region of space within 2,000 km of the Earth’s surface. It is the most…

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