Tag Archives: the moon

Oh print me a home where the cosmic rays roam…

3D printing really is pretty amazing. By laying down successive layers of precursor material (typically liquid or powder), a 3D printer can create essentially any solid object, no matter how intricate. On the small scale, 3D printing technology has already … Continue reading

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How far can you see?

I’ve always loved looking out towards the horizon. Especially by the shore on those beautifully clear days when you can see right to the edge of the sky. But just how far away is the horizon anyway? Actually, it’s pretty easy to calculate. Continue reading

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Precious moments

❝ Whenever I look at the moon I am reminded of that precious moment, over four decades ago, when Neil and I stood on the desolate, barren, yet beautiful, Sea of Tranquility, looking back at our brilliant blue planet Earth … Continue reading

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The spirit of exploration

Setting foot on the Moon is possibly the biggest single statement of exploration, that innately human ambition, ever made. We live in a different world now, and a different time. We look back nostalgically on the Apollo missions as “the … Continue reading

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RIP Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong was an inspiration to me for my entire life, and I suspect I’m not the only one. People look to the achievement of Neil, as well as his fellow Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, with … Continue reading

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Those final small steps…

This is an image of the Apollo 17 landing site, captured by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). This image shows the descent stage left behind by the “Challenger” lunar module when Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmidt blasted off from the … Continue reading

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Holding on to the Moon

It’s sad that even many of the space enthusiasts these days tend to be a bit too willing to give reasons why we can’t do things. We can’t build a space shuttle v2.0 because we don’t have the engineering knowledge … Continue reading

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Ground up moon rocks are pure poison?

Universe Today has a rather interesting article today, all about how moon dust may be harmful to humans. And it’s an interesting thing to consider. While not every world is as obviously lethal as Venus, any other place where human … Continue reading

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There’s a beautiful Earth out tonight…

Here on Earth, poets and artists have been inspired for centuries by the beauty of a clear moonlit night. Perhaps it won’t be too much longer before they’re similarly inspired by a clear Earthlit night. A lunar night bathed in … Continue reading

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While perhaps a certain XKCD comic last week might have been a touch harsh, it did rather have a point. Actually two. Because it’s true that if, as all of those crackpots moon hoaxers imply, we didn’t actually land on … Continue reading

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