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Book Review: X-15: The World’s Fastest Rocket Plane and the Pilots Who Ushered in the Space Age

March 9th, 2014

X-15: The World’s Fastest Rocket Plane and the Pilots Who Ushered in the Space Age by John Anderson and Richard Passman; Zenith Press/Quayside Publishing Group, Minneapolis, MN.; Licensed by Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum; $30.00 (hard cover); 2014. This account of the pioneering X-15 program (flying from 1959 into 1968) is a highly enjoyable […]

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Book Review: America’s Space Futures – Defining Goals for Space Exploration

February 2nd, 2014

America’s Space Futures: Defining Goals for Space Exploration, Editor Eric Sterner; George C. Marshall Institute, Arlington, Va.; $12.99, shipping and handling $3.99; (soft cover); 2013. The George C. Marshall Institute has published a thought-provoking new book, America’s Space Futures: Defining Goals for Space Exploration, edited by Institute Fellow Eric Sterner. There are those that see […]

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Origami Space Solution: Know When to Fold ‘Em!

December 3rd, 2013

Origami is a source of inspiration for mechanical engineering students who are working with NASA/JPL, the National Science Foundation, and origami master Robert Lang to design novel mechanisms for use in space and in other applications. Brigham Young University (BYU) students are focused on space exploration’s greatest — and most ironic — problem: lack of […]

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Space Rock 101: Asteroid Doomsday or Payday?

November 20th, 2013

That Feb. 15 asteroid that burst over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk has reset thinking regarding damage caused by smaller space rocks. Also, there may be more small asteroids than formerly thought. These findings and other research observations are on view tonight on a special PBS television airing. The Russian asteroid fireball earlier this year […]

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Book Review – Mission: Mars – Get Ready for the Future of Space Exploration

November 9th, 2013

Mission: Mars – Get Ready for the Future of Space Exploration by Pascal Lee; Scholastic Inc., New York; $6.99 (paperback); September 2013. Looking for a link to Mars for that special Christmas present? Here’s a book recommended for ages 9-12, but readers of all ages can find value in this fun and fact-filled publication. The […]

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Asteroid Impacts on Earth: Sweat the Small Stuff

October 19th, 2013

In dealing with asteroids that could cause damage to people and property, Earth has a blind spot. According to space rock expert, Jay Melosh, a distinguished professor of earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences and physics at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana: “We need to invest in telescopes that can find asteroids on Earth’s sunward […]

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