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All the Heavens Are Rejoicing

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“Sing me a new song; all the world is transfigured; all the Heavens are rejoicing.” Friedrich Nietzsche, Letter to Peter Gast, 4th of January 1889 On the 15th of September at 0455 local time, NASA scientists and engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California received their last signal from the Cassini probe. This fiery […]

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Mars or Bust

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Ridley Scott’s “The Martian” opened to the second-best October take in history, grabbing an estimated $55 million across the United States. International ticket sales will push the weekend total over $100 million[1]. Another space film, “Gravity” currently holds the top spot, but it benefited from its showing in over 46 IMAX theaters, a revenue stream […]

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Plus Ultra [1]

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On the 14th of July, NASA’s New Horizons probe will reach Pluto. Stop and think about what you just read. In a little under four weeks, humankind will have arrived at the furthest of the classical nine planets[2] in our solar system, a ball of rock and ice so far away that our Sun is […]

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I recently took a trip back home to Washington, DC with my 5-year old son. I love that town, having grown up in its Northern Virginia shadow, and I’d like my children to come to know it as well. The city is one of the most beautiful in the world: a masterpiece of neo-classical architecture […]

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The Right Stuff

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover successfully accomplished the most difficult feat in space flight to date[1]. The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) was launched from Cape Canaveral on an Atlas V 541 rocket on November 26, 2011. The spacecraft traveled 352 million miles over 36 weeks to reach the Red Planet. That was the easy part. Once it […]

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“Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.“

John Adams

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