Tag Archives: Space Exploration

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That Planet that’s a Large, Gaseous Cloud

No, not Neptune. No, not Jupiter. Don’t make me say it. Okay, fine.

Your Moment of Solar Zen

It’s Friday, so what better way to relax than to kick back and watch and incredible and incredibly relaxing time lapse film of 10 years of The Sun!

Being an Audio Engineer for Astronauts

As you might imagine working on Jabberwocky Audio Theater, I’m always up for learning about audio engineering. And even without Rogue Tyger, readers will probably remember many a post about space exploration.

So it probably comes as no surprise we’re linking to this article about Alexandria Perryman and her work as a live broadcast engineer for NASA. Check it out!

Alexandria Perryman, via SoundGirls.org

Commence Docking Procedures!

In a little under two hours, if all goes well, there will be a rocket launch to the ISS via Space X (you can catch NASA’s live feed here).

If you want to wile away a couple hours, you can get good at docking the Dragon capsule with the ISS in a simulator using similar controls to what the astronauts are about to use.

Be warned though, it takes patience and precision. But as gastronaut Alton Brown would say, “Your patience will be rewarded.”

(by the way, thanks to a friend far more skilled and speedy at docking, do a 180 from the station for an Easter egg).

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Chris Hadfield finds your lack of Hard Sci-Fi Disturbing

I’ve really enjoyed Chris Hadfield letting us know about the realities of space exploration, from his space-based cover of Bowie to his book to his counsel on dealing with the pandemic.

So, I was happy to check out what his thoughts were on some of my favorite “hard sci-fi” films were and– oh, it’s like comparing notes with my dad, the physicist and history buff…

Tips on Isolation from Astronauts

It’s week two of a lot of us Americans staying at home. Per historian and librarian recommendation, I am keeping a journal during this time. Lesson plans and activities are set up for the kids. We’re doing our best to make sure Jabberwocky Audio Theater continues as planned for this year. And of course, there’s some home projects that are rearing both their practical and sanity-based heads.

In the face of all this, it can be kind of overwhelming, so it’s been nice see the take on some isolation subject matter experts: astronauts. Former Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has a nice quick two-minute video that might help you feel a bit more centered:

And if you want a longer, written take, former astronaut Scott Kelly has a great piece in the New York Times that covers some of the same topics in detail. I especially appreciate the idea of pacing oneself.

That’s no moon. Oh wait, yes it is!

February 29th is sort of a little bonus of a day, so perhaps in line with thinking about traveling to the moon early this week, there’s more space news.

In fact, we have a second moon. No, really. Our planet has a temporary second natural satellite. See the coverage from New Scientist, NBC News, and Mental Floss. Now granted it’s not big enough to land on (it’s about the size of a car) and it won’t be parked in our orbit forever, but all you picayune trivia buffs rejoice!

Earth -> Moon -> Mars… or Mars Direct?

Although I don’t have a huge number of posts on the site about space exploration, it remains something I always like to follow.

I mean, some of this should be obvious given the whole writing science fiction thing. The writing doesn’t exist in a vacuum, as it were. A couple years ago, I read a number of science fiction (and straight science) pieces about Mars, but I suppose I just scratched the dry, red soil surface.

So I read this recent piece by Marina Koren in The Atlantic about the current NASA planning around getting to Mars with great interest. I especially liked some of the details of the different plans people have about getting to Mars.

One Giant Leap

This past weekend, there were numerous celebrations and commemorations of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

I was lucky enough to be able to go to the National Mall where they had a special presentation –including a projection onto the Washington Monument itself– celebrating the achievement.

I posted on social media then that no video or pictures could do it justice (and for people to try and make it to the later showings that night or the following night). However, for countless people not in the DC area, that just wasn’t a possibility, so I’m happy to share a video captured of the event:

After you’ve tackled that, there’s also some behind-the-scenes fun:

Now that’s motivation!

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Space: Above and Beyond the Myths

Astronaut Chris Hadfield debunks some myths about space in a wonderfully wonky first-hand way that only he can do. If you’re worried about cooking tomorrow’s turkey just right, remember, you can’t do as bad as exposing it to the hard vacuum of space. I’ll let him explain: