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Blog Archive for the ‘Space’ Category

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

Peter Schwartz Seminar Primer

by Austin Brown on September 5th, 02013

“The Starships ARE Coming”
Tuesday September 17, 02013 at SFJAZZ Center, San Francisco

Peter Schwartz likes taking a long view. He’s a founding board member of The Long Now Foundation and in his career as a scenario planner he’s at the forefront of futurist thought, known for his book, The Art of the. . .   Read More

Ed Lu, “The Last Killer Asteroid”

by Austin Brown on July 3rd, 02013

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

Anthropocene Astronomy: Thwarting Dangerous Asteroids Begins with Finding Them

Tuesday June 18, 02013 – San Francisco

Video is up on the Lu Seminar page for Members.

Audio is up on the Lu Seminar page, or you can subscribe. . .   Read More

Ed Lu Seminar Primer

by Andrew Warner on June 4th, 02013

“Anthropocene Astronomy: Thwarting Dangerous Asteroids Begins with Finding Them”
Tuesday June 18th, 02013 at the Marines’ Memorial Theatre, San Francisco

It’s not often that you get to meet someone who may one day save civilization. Ed Lu, three-time NASA astronaut and CEO of The B612 Foundation, has made it his life mission to. . .   Read More

Spaceship Earth

by Charlotte Hajer on May 13th, 02013

OVERVIEW from Planetary Collective on Vimeo.

In 01963, Buckminster Fuller wrote:
Our little Spaceship Earth is only eight thousand miles in diameter, which is almost a negligible dimension in the great vastness of space. Our nearest star – our energy-supplying mother-ship, the Sun – is ninety-two million miles away … Our little Spaceship Earth is. . .   Read More

Earth Engine: decades of Landsat photographs, animated

by Austin Brown on May 10th, 02013

Humans have been telling stories about space for generations, but now space is starting to tell stories about us. By putting satellites into orbit pointed not out at the stars, but in at our selves, and simply letting the cameras roll, we can see ourselves in aggregate, growing and changing. NASA’s Landsat program has. . .   Read More

Jeff Bezos Recovers Apollo 11’s F-1 Engines

by Charlotte Hajer on April 3rd, 02013

Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon and supporter of the 10,000 Year Clock, is recovering and restoring a few pieces of scientific history.

After a three-week mission in the Atlantic Ocean, Bezos and his team of deep-sea divers have uncovered several of the F-1 engines that helped rocket Apollo 11 – and Neil. . .   Read More

Long Data: Predicting Solar Storms

by Austin Brown on February 1st, 02013

As Samuel Arbesman’s recent article on Long Data might suggest, all the data in the world on the Sun’s activities today can’t tell us what it will do tomorrow. But careful observation over the last several centuries has allowed us to develop a predictive understanding of the patterns in solar storm activity. . .   Read More

Launch of the LDCM: Continuing 40 years of Landsat Data

by Charlotte Hajer on January 28th, 02013

In 1972, NASA launched its first Landsat satellite into orbit. This February, it will launch its eighth.

The new satellite is part of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission, a collaboration between NASA and USGS that will continue adding to 40 years worth of data about the Earth’s surface.

In what is now the longest. . .   Read More

The Lunar 02013

by Charlotte Hajer on December 13th, 02012

The universe may be governed by quantum probability and uncertainty, but we can nevertheless predict the movements of bodies in our solar system with relative accuracy. For a preview of how the Moon will behave in 02013, this video offers an animated choreography of its phases and libration as it ellipses around our planet.

And. . .   Read More