SpaceX: We are excited to announce that SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon late next year. That sentence makes me immeasurably happy. For most of my life I’ve been very disappointed in the human race’s collective efforts to explore space. I wasn’t even alive when the […]
The following two sentences encapsulate an incredible feat in the advancement of human discovery: TRAPPIST-1 is a planetary system, located 12 parsecs away from the Solar system (39 light years), near the ecliptic, within the constellation of Aquarius. Around a star which is 12 times less massive than the Sun and only slightly larger than Jupiter, […]
Emily Lakdawalla, on taking a writing sabbatical: I feel less and less satisfied doing rushed news-update-style reporting, and am more interested in spending more time to explain science or engineering in depth, in articles that will be useful over time, not just this week. (I am really enjoying writing the book, when I can find […]
This video is absolutely mind-blowing. Everything about this was science fiction a few years ago. In fact, the video looks fake while you watch it because you can’t believe this is happening on Earth. And now with some regularity.
Watching this video makes me think that I’ll be alive when people (perhaps even with their kids) will take off, orbit the Earth a few times, and land as a recreational pastime. Decades after that, who knows? Dinner on a restaurant in orbit? Miners working for weeks or months at a time on the moon? Vacations to Mons Huygens?