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Amos 8 and a Total Eclipse of the Sun

Published on August 20, 2017 By sirrahc

“Usually there’s a big ball of light in the sky But now on this Day of the Mon Nothing I can see A total eclipse of the Sun” (with apologies to Bonnie Tyler and James Richard Steinman) I admit, I’m just not that into it. Chasing Monday’s eclipse, that is. I’m a science apologetics geek, […]

Another Historic SpaceX Launch

Published on March 19, 2017 By sirrahc

“Governments can develop new technology and do some of the exciting early exploration but in the long run it’s the private sector that finds ways to make profit, finds ways to expand humanity.”  — Dr. S. Pete Worden, director at NASA Ames Research Center OK, I might be a tad late in reporting on this, […]

Godspeed, John Glenn

Published on December 11, 2016 By sirrahc

“Zero G, and I feel fine.”  — Col. John Glenn On December 8, 2016, America and the world lost a hero and, some might even say, a “living legend”, when former Marine aviator, astronaut, and U.S. Senator John Glenn passed away at the age of 95. He will be laid to rest at Arlington National […]

Private Space Firm Targets the Moon

Published on August 28, 2016 By sirrahc

“Bang! Zoom! To the Moon!” Did you miss it? Splashdown! Just a couple days ago, SpaceX’s Dragon capsule came home after spending over a month at the International Space Station (ISS). This mission was the 9th (out of a planned 20 under contract) since 2012, when Dragon “became the first commercial spacecraft in history to […]

The Growing Commercial Spaceflight Industry

Published on April 13, 2014 By sirrahc

The following guest-post is from a young man trying to grow his essay-writing business. He contacted me and offered to research/write an original post on a topic of my choice. Since I had been meaning to return to the subject — well, some aspect of it, anyway — of commercial spaceflight, I decided to let […]

Water on the Moon

Published on October 23, 2010 By sirrahc

“Do I gotta get water from the Moon? Is that what I gotta do to make you love me?” Good news, Celine! It’s there! (No green cheese, yet, though.) It all began last year, when NASA’s LCROSS Mission crashed a spent-fuel, Centaur rocket into a lunar crater at 5,600 miles an hour — on purpose. […]

NASA's JPL vs. Intelligent Design

Published on April 25, 2010 By sirrahc

You remember that documentary called “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed“? That was the one that came out a year or two ago, hosted/narrated by Ben Stein, that looked at incidents where educators and scientists were ridiculed, denied tenure, and sometimes fired simply for believing that there might be evidence of design in nature. Well, here’s another […]

"Liftoff!" with Training Wheels

Published on March 26, 2010 By sirrahc

Some of you may remember back in December when I mentioned the public unveiling of Virgin Galactic’s first SpaceShipTwo craft — soon to be “the world’s first commercial spaceship.” Now christened the VSS Enterprise (yeah!), the ship is back in the news with another historic milestone. Mounted on a pylon between the twin fuselages of […]

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