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Comet McNaught

If you want, you can see a comet. That is, without clouds hampering your view. Here at least it’s solidly overcast for days in a row, and raining in addition. But then again – things…


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Tranquility Base here

Tonight the Moon terminator, the division between sunlight and darkness, crosses Tranquility Base, the place where the first men landed on the Moon. That was July 20, 1969. When that happened I was eight. When…




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Magnificent Orion

Looking up at south in the clear night sky mid-evening these days you’ll see the magnificent constellation of Orion, the hunter: According to Greek mythology, Orion was in love with Merope, one of the Seven…


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Hmmm, smells.

One problem with spacefaring is smell. You know, old fashioned smelling astronauts cramped in a tight space. That is – if you’re not inside. When you’re inside for some time, you’ll get used to it….


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Ares V one step further

As you probably know, NASA wants to return to the Moon to eventually jump to Mars. They’re developing a new transport system for that, Ares V. Here are some details. Ares is the Greek god…