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The Death of Phaethon: An Aetiology for an Eclipse

Ovid, Metamorphoses 2.381-93

“All along, Phaethon’s father, filthy and bereft
Of his own light, the way he is when the sun is eclipsed,
He hates the light and himself and the day… 211 more words


Hackaday Links: August 20, 2017

Foam core, dollar tree foam board, Adams foam board, or whatever we’re calling a thin sheet of foam sandwiched between two pieces of poster board, is an invaluable hacker’s tool. 433 more words

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Crater - the cup

Crater is one of the constellations passed down from the ancients to us via Ptolemy. Its brightest star Labrum, “the lip” (of the cup) is rather dim. 321 more words


Yes, it really has taken NASA 11 years to develop a parachute

(Source: arstechnica.com)

Last week, NASA’s acting chief technologist, Douglas Terrier, visited one of NASA’s main contractors in the Houston area, Jacobs. Along with a handful of media members, he spent about an hour touring the company’s engineering development facility, where the company supports NASA programs from the International Space Station to the Orion spacecraft. 766 more words


Dear Apollo Day 2

Dear Apollo,

I woke up in a really bad place today, and yesterday, and the day before. I’m getting tired of waking up in a bad place. 566 more words


Dear Apollo Day 1

Dear Apollo,

I don’t know why or how I have a predisposition to you. When I was younger I read the Percy Jackson books and when your character popped up I thought, that’s the one. 525 more words