Monthly Archives: September 2023

FTV: First Man in Space

        With all the talk about Elon Musk’s desire to make humanity a ‘multi-planet species’, it makes me kind of wonder who, exactly, will be the first human to (as Musk’s t-shirt proclaims), ‘Occupy Mars’.  True, the first attempt to launch his massive Starship was a mixed success;  the Super Heavy booster B7 did fly […]

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AstroCal – October 2023

    Let us check and see if we will be getting our traditional (and spooky) Full Moon for Halloween this year.  Rats!  As Maxwell Smart used to say on Get Smart!, “Missed it by that much.”  The Full Moon on October 28 means it will still be bright on All Hallow’s Eve, so you still have a […]

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       In his Your Place in Space feature printed in The Planetary Report’s June Solstice 2023 edition, Bill Nye opened this special OSIRIS-REx issue with some reflections about the probe’s seven year journey.  As the president of The Planetary Society, Nye wanted to remind all the Society’s members that, “You share in missions like OSIRIS-REx.  […]

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