How to reach the outer solar system

“Even in hindsight, I would not change one whit of the Voyager experience. Dreams and sweat carried it off. But most of all, its legacy makes us all Earth travelers among the stars.” -Charley Kohlhase In the early days of space exploration, it was quite a feat just to get up and out of Earth’s … Read moreHow to reach the outer solar system

Rocks remember, and so do we

“Geologists have a saying: rocks remember.” –Neil Armstrong Looming up above us, hundreds of thousands of miles away, is the largest moon in the inner solar system: our Moon. One of the greatest achievements in the history of our planet culminated on July 20th, 1969, when the first creatures from our world set foot on … Read moreRocks remember, and so do we

With All The Suffering in the World, Why Invest in Science?

“I am looking at the future with concern, but with good hope.” –Albert Schweitzer As you all know, the most ambitious interplanetary mission ever attempted — Mars Science Laboratory — successfully landed its Curiosity rover on Mars earlier this week. Last night, I had the opportunity to go on my local news and speak a … Read moreWith All The Suffering in the World, Why Invest in Science?

The Legacy of Sally Ride

“Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we’ve ever known.” –Ronald Reagan Earlier today, Sally Ride, the first American woman ever to fly in outer space, passed away at the age of 61 from pancreatic cancer. To many … Read moreThe Legacy of Sally Ride

43 years later, we're seven minutes away from a second giant leap forward.

“The achievements of Apollo were so bold and our subsequent efforts so timid that the energy of those years seems like a youthful dream.” –Buzz Aldrin 43 years ago today, humanity took our first steps on another world, venturing nearly 400,000 kilometers from home and walking on the surface of the Moon. Of course, what … Read more43 years later, we're seven minutes away from a second giant leap forward.

Discovering the Earth from Space: Top 10 Pictures from the ISS

“We came all this way to explore the Moon, and the most important thing is that we discovered the Earth.” –Bill Anders, Apollo 8 astronaut From hundreds of miles up, the International Space Station speeds around the Earth, completing 18 orbits a day, looking down on us and returning some absolutely fabulous images. But what … Read moreDiscovering the Earth from Space: Top 10 Pictures from the ISS