This is not within my area of expertise, but I have long speculated that large fields of mirrors could offer a practical approach to defending the earth from asteroids. I think this concept just got a boost from the Heliogen development. As a side benefit, the fields could serve as power sources when not needed for defense.
I was in Florida for the 2017 meetup of fans of James Cameron’s Avatar. On one day during our meetup, we went to the John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC), our nation’s port in our adventure towards the stars.
I started the day by hearing a briefing about our nation’s state of affairs in space. We have several programs taking place at the current moment, as well as partnership with several other nations. One of these greatest programs is the International Space Station (ISS), arguably the grandest symbol of international peace and cooperation ever produced by humanity, in which individuals from ... more »
Basic tenets of astronomy are difficult for me. It was the only course I ever took in college that I failed. (I took it again to wipe the "F" off my transcripts and then failed it a second time.) And despite this, I'm fascinated by any and all space and solar system models. So my little company is called Omaha Orrery and I stay busy upcycling these items.
My fascination with Space began on a Trinity Academy school trip to Calton Hill Observatory Edinburgh, where I first viewed the Moon and the night sky through a telescope. I have done around 50 short university courses, including Astronomy, and Moons. I plan to produce a sci-fi movie based on my novelette Moon Shock. I bought land on the Moon from the Lunar Embassy, and I have created micronations Moon Kingdom of Alba on Copernicus and Moon Kingdom of Kath on Manillius. My flying saucer, called Moonship Phoenix, requires further research and development. I joined the Society July 23, 2019. ... more »
As a boy living between 3 Heavy Bomber Bases I found some early Radio parts & mags belonging to my dead in the war Uncle. They did work - just - so when the war was over I found low cost modern battery valves and made a radio in a cigar box. My friends thaught WOW and I ended up making 8 of them,(at a tiny profit - a 2 valve one for myself!). Then a rich - older - friend built a TV out of war surplus radar bits - wow I was hooked.
STEM+C Inc. creates bold, innovative challenges to capture our nation’s younger generation’s attention and spirit. STEM+C Inc. is bringing 6 teams of students, from across America, together for the ultimate STEM experience “Project Blackbird”. Each team will design, and build, a remotely controlled aircraft (UAV, unmanned aerial vehicle) that is capable of being towed up by a weather balloon to an altitude of 100,000ft. Upon reaching 100,000ft the UAV needs to be released from the weather balloon and flown back to Spaceport America. Each team is given 12 months’ worth of development time. During this time, the students need to ... more »
As an avid science fiction reader in high school, I bemoaned the fact that I was too late for discoveries on new lands on Earth and too early for discovery on the planets. Then came President Kennedy’s goal to place men on the Moon. The space age was suddenly here.
In 1969 I was a 29-year-old Assistant Professor at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. At that time, I had completed coursework for my Ph.D.—and lacked only the defense of my dissertation and certification in a second foreign language. My dissertation subject was the Geology of the Agrippa Region of the Moon, ... more »
On my 70th birthday, July 3, 2019, I found myself in Ithaca, NY. It's been maybe 20 or 25 years since I was last there, visiting Cornell and environs, where I received my BA degree in 1971. Carl Sagan was on the faculty during my undergraduate years, but I don’t think I knew of him, nor do I think I ever met him. As a freshman, I was a physics major with a goal of particle physics or astrophysics but that was to change.
I always had an interest in space, with my first memories watching failed Vanguard launches and successful ... more »
The history of space exploration has been accelerating ever since Galileo developed his first telescope, pointed it toward the stars some four centuries ago, and published his findings in a small book titled Sidereus Nuncius, "The Starry Messenger”. Since then, new and ever-improving technology was invented, and enormously creative astronomers, astrophysicists and space scientists have learned and made exciting discoveries about our vast surroundings and the extraordinary place in which we live—space. While some devote important time to observe, learn, discover and understand those things in our comfort zone—the air we breathe here on Earth, the water we drink, the ... more »