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Blog Archive for the ‘Space’ Category

Peter Schwartz: The Starships ARE Coming — A Seminar Flashback

by Mikl Em on September 12th, 02014

In September 02013 futurist Peter Schwartz spoke for Long Now about realistic scenarios for human interstellar travel. Peter, a founding Long Now Board member, participated in “The 100-year Starship” project and contributed to the book Starship Century (Edited by Gregory Benford and James Benford) with scientists and science fiction authors positing realistic ways humanity. . .   Read More

After more than a decade, ESA’s Rosetta Mission arrives at Comet 67P

by Andrew Warner on August 8th, 02014

After ten years, five months, and four days of travel, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta Mission has finally rendezvoused with the 67P comet. The Rosetta mission woke up back in May and has subsequently been maneuvering towards the comet. This is the first mission dedicated to exploring comets, a little understood but important part. . .   Read More

Ed Lu: Thwarting Dangerous Asteroids — A Seminar Flashback

by Mikl Em on June 19th, 02014

“How do you deflect an asteroid? Simple…”
In June 02013 former astronaut Ed Lu discussed the very real future threat of asteroids striking the Earth and efforts by himself and the B612 Foundation to keep the planet safe. It turns out that detecting them is the hard part. Twice a month we highlight a Seminar. . .   Read More

ESA’s Rosetta Probe begins approach of comet 67P

by Austin Brown on June 6th, 02014

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe has sent some great images back to Earth illustrating its approach as it has pulls to within 2 million kilometers of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko the comet it is targeting. Later this year it will drop a lander on the comet to conduct important experiments on its composition–more. . .   Read More

ICE/ISEE-3 To Return To An Earth No Longer Capable of Speaking To It

by Charlotte Hajer on February 24th, 02014

This August, a pioneer in space exploration returns to Earth after more than 30 years of service. The spacecraft is still in good, functioning condition, and could possibly be assigned to another mission. Sadly, however, we seem to have forgotten how to speak its language.
The probe, a collaboration between NASA and ESA, was one. . .   Read More

Wake up, Rosetta!

by Austin Brown on December 16th, 02013

Almost ten years ago, the European Space Agency launched a probe with the goal of approaching and studying a comet. The probe was named Rosetta because, just as the Rosetta Stone allowed historians to piece together an ancient language and unlock a great deal of human history, the Rosetta probe will give us a better. . .   Read More

A visit to Star Axis

by Austin Brown on November 11th, 02013

Having climbed the staircase for some time, I stopped on a step that sent me back to the sky of twenty-five hundred years ago, the sky that loomed overhead when the Book of Job was written. I braced myself against the cool stone of the corridor that bracketed the staircase, and looked up through. . .   Read More

Adam Steltzner Seminar Media

by Andrew Warner on October 30th, 02013

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

Beyond Mars, Earth
Tuesday October 15, 02013 – San Francisco

 
Video is up on the Steltzner Seminar page for Members.
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Audio is up on the Steltzner Seminar page, or you can subscribe to our podcast.
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Mighty daring. . .   Read More

Peter Schwartz Seminar Media

by Austin Brown on October 2nd, 02013

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

The Starships ARE Coming
Tuesday September 17, 02013 – San Francisco

 

Video is up on the Schwartz Seminar page for Members.
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Audio is up on the Schwartz Seminar page, or you can subscribe to our podcast.
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Starship. . .   Read More

Adam Steltzner Seminar Primer

by Andrew Warner on October 1st, 02013

“Beyond Mars, Earth”
Tuesday October 15, 02013 at SFJAZZ Center, San Francisco

Adam Steltzner is the person responsible for putting space geeks the world over through the “seven minutes of terror” on August 6th, 02012. As the lead engineer of Curiosity rover’s “Entry, Descent, and Landing” phase, he helped create the “sky crane” and. . .   Read More