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Blog Archive for the ‘Space’ Category

Lightning, Stars and Space: Art That Leaves the Gallery Behind

by Ahmed Kabil on July 30th, 02018

Star Axis by Charles Ross.

In Part I of our exploration of Land Art in the American West, we covered the birth of the Land Art movement in the 01960s and some of the seminal works created by Robert Smithson, Michael Heizer, Nancy Holt and James Turrell, which expanded the definition of art and opened. . .   Read More

Cassini Ends, but the Search for Life in the Solar System Continues

by Ahmed Kabil on September 21st, 02017

On September 15 02017, the Cassini-Huygens probe, which spent the last 13 years of a 20-year space mission studying Saturn, plummeted as planned into the ringed planet’s atmosphere, catching fire and becoming a meteor.

Farewell Cassini, how far you’ve come. On this eve, in fiery death, Saturn & you are one. . .   Read More

Breakthrough Listen Initiative Wants to Hear From You

by Andrew Warner on August 9th, 02016

We have received an email from Jill Tarter, former director of the Center for SETI research, on a new outreach on behalf of the Breakthrough Listen Initiative. They want to hear from the general public on their ideas for new approaches for finding evidence of extraterrestrial technological civilizations. They are looking for 1 page descriptions. . .   Read More

Apollo 17 Digital Archive

by Andrew Warner on January 5th, 02016

Relive the sights and sounds of Apollo 17 – the final mission of NASA’s Apollo program, on its 43rd anniversary.  Ben Feist, a developer from Toronto, has built an interface to experience the Apollo 17 mission that syncs the 300 hours of mission audio, 22 hours of video, and 4,200 pictures, along with commentary. . .   Read More

Andy Weir, “The Red Planet for Real”

by Andrew Warner on November 17th, 02015

This lecture was presented as part of The Long Now Foundation’s monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking.

The Red Planet for Real
Tuesday October 27, 02015 – San Francisco

Video is up on the Weir Seminar page.
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Audio is up on the Weir Seminar page, or you can subscribe to our podcast. . .   Read More

Live audio stream for Andy Weir at The Interval on October 27, 02015

by Mikl Em on October 24th, 02015

Long Now members can tune in for a live audio simulcast of this sold out event starting at 7:15 PT, October 27

Andy Weir author of The Martian speaks in Long Now’s “Conversations at The Interval” series this Tuesday. Andy will talk about the real science of a Mars colonization mission. What would. . .   Read More

Sara Seager, “To Find Living Exoplanets”

by Andrew Warner on September 1st, 02015

This lecture was presented as part of The Long Now Foundation’s monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking.

Other Earths. Other Life.
Monday August 10, 02015 – San Francisco

Video is up on the Seager Seminar page.
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Audio is up on the Seager Seminar page, or you can subscribe to our podcast.
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To find living exoplanets. . .   Read More

Himawari-8 Satellite Offers A New Look at Our Planet – 144 Times Per Day

by Charlotte Hajer on August 5th, 02015

A sense of perspective is unavoidable from 22,000 miles out. Looking down at Earth from that distance — almost three times farther than the diameter of the planet itself — allows a view of the globe as a massive organic system, pulsing with continuous movement. (NY Times)

Last month, Japan’s new Himawari-8 weather satellite. . .   Read More

New Horizons Probe to Send Message to Interstellar Space

by Charlotte Hajer on April 28th, 02015

If you could tell the universe about planet Earth, what would you say?
The One Earth Message Initiative is sending a missive to the stars, and they want your input.

The initiative’s goal is to create a message that will be digitally uploaded to a spacecraft currently making its way to the outer reaches. . .   Read More

Salt Crystals and Selfies: Curiosity after the Seven Minutes of Terror

by Ahmed Kabil on December 22nd, 02014

In October 02013, NASA engineer Adam Steltzner spoke to the Long Now about landing the Curiosity rover on Mars. A decade of exhausted alternatives led Seltzner’s team to take the unconventional approach of a mini-rocket “sky crane” controlled by artificial intelligence to guide the rover to the Martian surface. Because the crane could. . .   Read More