Monthly Archives: January 2008

Explorer 1 at 50

50 years ago today, at 10:48 pm Eastern Standard Time on January 31, 1958, the U.S.’ first satellite was launched. Some items seem to escape mention in many discussions of the event, so let’s talk a bit about the “forgotten history” of Explorer 1…

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Carnivalia

The past week’s selection of “sciencey” blog carnivals, for your reading pleasure…

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The scientific tourist #5 — our first Explorer

This week’s “sciencey” tourism picture is of a model of Explorer I, at the New Mexico Museum of Space History, in Alamagordo…

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Heads up!

I’m coming to the conclusion that there must be a law somewhere stating the following (or similar) thought: some form of “the sky is falling” must be in play in the media at all times…

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Excellent article on Neatorama

If you’re at all interested in the history of computing and / or computers, you owe it to yourself to go check out an excellent article on Neatorama titled “The Wonderful World of Early Computing”…

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Casual Friday — Ares V launches a telescope

NASA seems to be having its share of problems developing the Ares I launch vehicle, but with any luck it’s big brother the Ares V should still be marching forward. Here’s an animation of what an Ares V mission would look like for the launch of an 8 meter telescope…

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Carnival of Space, Week 38 — The Adventures of Shorty Barlow, Private Eye

An “SOS Playhouse” production…

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Carnivalia

The past week’s crop of blog carnival goodness…

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The scientific tourist #4 — what you *can* tell from a hole in the ground

Quite a bit, actually, if you pick the right hole. This week’s “sciencey” tourism picture is from Barringer Crater (a.k.a., Meteor Crater) in Arizona, about 35 miles east of Flagstaff…

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The Future of Ideas — it's free, presently!

If you’ve never read Lawrence Lessig’s great book “The Future of Ideas,” you now have a cheap way to do it — as a free download!…

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