Category Archives: Human Experience

Flying Over Class Charlie

It is not everyday that you fly over class ‘B’ (Bravo) or ‘C’ (Charlie) with a small aircraft. Private pilots usually try to avoid the busy airspace of international airports. But every once in a while you might get to … Continue reading

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2013: 13th of 13 Things I Want to Know: What’s The Deal With Frogs In Space?

Sept 11th, 2013 – NASA carries out the much anticipated LADEE (Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer) launch to the moon on an unmanned mission. The liftoff took place from Pad 0B at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. On the … Continue reading

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2013: 12th of 13 Things I Want to Know: How to Deal With Rejection?

I didn’t write this. I have no idea who did, it just amuses me a great deal. –——————– Professor Hombre Chair – Search Committee Department of Biochemistry University of Towanda Health Sciences Center, Towanda, IA Dear Professor Hombre, Thank you … Continue reading

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2013: 11th of 13 Things I Want to Know: Could Superman Help Felix Baumgartner?

An Austrian skydiver broke the speed of sound in a jump from the ‘edge of space’ at 128,000 feet (~40km or ~24mi), as part of a Red Bull promotion, on Oct 14th, 2012, the 65th anniversary to Chuck Yeager’s record … Continue reading

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2013: 9th of 13 Things I Want to Know: Have You Considered the Hyperloop and the Fear Factor?

Much hype about the Hyperloop, the radical proposal for extreme high-speed transit from LA to SF in around 35 minutes, using passenger pods in a low pressure air-cushioned tube.  [Here’s a summary article]. Some of the reactions have a negative … Continue reading

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2013: 7th of 13 Things I Want to Know: Sending Up a Bag of Light – Why?

9:30 PM local time, a beach on the Pacific; Summer time, completely dark, and I was on my way out when some commotion caught my attention.  A group of people of all ages were gathered around some light source. Suddenly … Continue reading

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2013: 3rd of 13 Things I Want to Know: What’s The Yahoo ‘Better World Ripple Effect’ Doing at a Hair Salon?

So I learned about the Yahoo ‘better world ripple effect’ in the most unlikely of places: at the hair salon, while waiting to be called upon, with my nose in a pile of magazines. Now I’m sitting patiently, while my … Continue reading

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2013: 2nd of 13 Things I Want to Know: When is Iran’s President Going into Space?

Did an Iranian monkey in fact get to space last month? Will Ahmadinejad in fact be next? There was no independent confirmation to Iran’s claim that they launched a monkey into space, but this story was all over the news … Continue reading

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1+1=10. Why Should High School Grads Know What That Means?

I showed the ‘About the Author’ page of this blog to high-school grads. They thought the equation 1+1=10 is a typo. If you also think it’s a typo, be advised it isn’t. And not knowing this is not your fault. … Continue reading

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Detoxing Snow White @NASA Hyperbaric Chambers

I bet you never asked what Snow White has to do with NASA.  I never asked this before either, but it all made sense when I came across the story of Nikkie, a teenager who spent an entire month in … Continue reading

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Do You Have to be a Kid to Enjoy ‘Wreck-it Ralph’?

Sorry, this one is not about space… it’s about a movie.  An hour before I saw the movie an adult said the movie is ‘ok’, and he gave it 3 out of 5 stars.  So we asked some kids and … Continue reading

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On Starships and Nail Polish

    “I wonder how complicated it would be to put on nail polish while traveling on a starship,” I said thoughtfully, “and while there might be time to solve that problem, how do they do it on the International Space … Continue reading

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Libya is Why

People have asked me times and again why this interest in anything beyond the clouds. This week I’ve been reminded of one of the reasons. Hate. Reflected On Sept.11 (!) in the brutal murder of the American ambassador to Libya, … Continue reading

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Reflections on a Moonwalker’s Passing; or “I’m OK To Go!”

  Neil Armstrong on the moon next to the Lunar Module Eagle Credit: Reuters/Edwin Aldrin-NASA/Handout Friday July 20th was the anniversary of the first moon-landing (43rd). A month later, last Saturday August 25th 2012, the first Moonwalker Neil Armstrong died. … Continue reading

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More on Cyborgs

So back on the topic of cyborgs (previous discussion here).  Such Carbon-based life forms as we are, we are so fragile. There are so many things that can kill or damage us. Certainly we cannot bear the harsh realities of … Continue reading

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Fascination

If you belong to the species Homo Sapiens Sapiens, then you will find at least 2 things on the following list, with which you are fascinated.   The sun setting into the sea. Your birthday and life-time. What the world … Continue reading

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