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42 years ago today: our first space station crew

42 years ago today, on May 25, 1973, the first Saturn 1B to launch from LC39 lifted off.  To adapt it to the structures built for the larger Saturn V rocket, the Saturn 1B stood atop a framework nicknamed the “milkstool”.   70 more words

Space

May 14 - 196 Philomela

Asteroid 196 Philomela was discovered by Christian Heinrich Friedrich Peters at Hamilton College, Clinton (New York) on May 14th 1879.  It is a large, bright, S-type (stony) main belt asteroid, and studies of light curve data have decided it is smooth and asymmetrically shaped. 140 more words

Astronomy

ADVENTURES ON LAND, IN SPACE, AND IN TIME

May 14th in history:

The Lewis and Clark Expedition began its journey up the Missouri River on May 14th, 1804, with William Clark leading a group of explorers from a camp in the Illinois territory. 100 more words

Today In History

But Noooooooo . . .

For the next couple of days my short story Skylab ’79 will be free for kindle download. If you haven’t read it yet, and if you need something fun to ‘while away the time’ with, then I hope you get yourself a copy. 23 more words

X-raying Dark Matter

I was at the dentist this week. Don’t ask, but they took 3 digital X-Rays.

One of the most significant methods by which we detect the presence of dark matter is through the use of X-ray telescopes. 1,209 more words

Dark Matter

Song Of The Day: Electronic Butterflies (aka, Electronic System)- Skylab (1974)

Downtempo, synth heavy grooves. Put on some headphones and ride the fourteen minute, psychedelic wave.

Music

Anything Can Happen Sunday: 7th Grade Diary Edition

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned something about sharing a few excerpts from my 7th grade diary. And what better time to do that than on… 904 more words

Humor