Interplanetary Superhighway (Math, Geometry, and Mars Missions)

Let's say you've got nothing else going on, and you decide to launch a mission to Mars, as you do. Technically, assuming you had the rocket and the launch pad and the range clearance, the time and money, etc, you could do that tomorrow some time. BUT, this is a little like Steven Wright's assertion…Read more Interplanetary Superhighway (Math, Geometry, and Mars Missions)

Dark Skies

"The Lorax", by Dr. Seuss, is a cautionary tale of environmentalism, one in which all resources (truffula trees) are completely consumed to make consumer products ("You Need A Thneed!"). The landscape, devoid of trees, becomes a barren wasteland, no longer suitable for life. It's a classic tale, a metaphor for human excess and a call…Read more Dark Skies

Cygnus/Antares Launch, 4:01 am EST, November 17, 2018

Update 11/17 - The launch was successful and on schedule.  Scroll down to the bottom of this post for a couple pics from my perspective. I'm having a hard time keeping up these days, between work and kid schedules - so I thought I was going to miss this entirely.  Fortunately (unfortunately?) weather intervened and…Read more Cygnus/Antares Launch, 4:01 am EST, November 17, 2018