A Spacewalking First

By Melissa Silva In what will likely be one of the final “firsts” in Earth-orbital spacewalking, at 7:38 a.m. EDT yesterday, astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir switched their spacesuits to internal power and made history, conducting the first all-female...

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SpaceX’s Next Trifecta

By Dale Skran On the evening of Saturday September 28th, Elon Musk provided an exciting update on Starship progress at Boca Chica, Texas.  By the time you read this, you’ll have probably seen some good articles in the space press summarizing the talk (the entire talk...

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Book Review: Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon

Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon, by Suzanne Slade. Reviewed by Clifford R. McMurray. Especially wonderful about this children’s book about Apollo are the illustrations by Thomas Gonzales that adorn almost every page—some of the finest space art I’ve ever seen. For the beauty of the story and the artwork, Countdown has won a number of well-deserved awards, including the National Science Teachers Association award for best STEM book of 2019.

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“Just Like Starting Over”: O’Leary’s Startling New Direction

This Space Available, by Emily Carney. In last week’s This Space Available post, we introduced Dr. Gerard K. O’Neill, a Princeton physicist, who, at mid-career, was struggling to bring his ideas about space settlement to a wider audience. While we will catch up again with O’Neill in future posts in this series, this week we will revisit Dr. Brian O’Leary following 1972, the year he introduced his friend O’Neill to a large, enthusiastic audience at Hampshire College – an event which would forever impact space history.

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“Power To The People” Meets “Imagine”: O’Leary and O’Neill’s Lives Intersect

This Space Available, by Emily Carney. At this point in Brian O’Leary’s life, his path crossed with that of another working scientist who he’d previously met while “auditioning” for 1967’s astronaut group. This scientist had qualified as a finalist for that group, but hadn’t made the final cut: the soft-spoken Dr. Gerard K. O’Neill, physicist from Princeton University.

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