Amy Shira Teitel: Why is Space Such a Boys' Club?
"Space skews predominantly male, especially Apollo-era space history because that was the era when little boys growing up were being told, 'You can be an astronaut, too'!"
Adulation for Today's Space Race is Misplaced. So is Nostalgia for the First One
by Catherine Devlin
It is impossible not to compare today’s billionaire space race to the iconic celestial competition of the 1960’s. But what if neither is worthy of adulation?
Can Space Exploration Restore American Faith in Science?
by John Baick
The 60th anniversary of the first manned space flight is time to reflect on the devolution of space exploration from an expression of science as a public and collective enterprise to a vanity project of fame-seeking billionaires.
Persevering to Mars
by Stephen J. Pyne
In two prior ages of exploration, the work has been inseparable from contact between peoples leading to colonization. Last month's successful landing on Mars may herald an age where technology encourages all people to imagine themselves as equal participants.
The Exploration of Space as a Project of Humanity
by Joseph Preston Baratta
The exploration of space as an international objective hopefully points the way toward planetary unity beyond nationalism.
Fly me to the Moon: Covering the Early Space Program
by Ron Steinman
Will people struggling to get through a normal day be inspired by a renewed space program? Will either the government or the media commit for the long haul? At least I knew there was a time when we all had it in us. For the future, only time will tell.
The Total Eclipse That Helped Prove Einstein's Theory of Relativity
by Sylvester James “Jim” Gates, Jr. and Cathie Pelletier
2019 marks the 100 year anniversary of the eclipse that proved Einstein’s theory and ultimately catapulted him to fame.
Apollo: America’s Moonshot and the Power of a National Project
by David Carlin
President Kennedy understood that his “goal [would] serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills.” We need similar thinking today.
The Amazing Handmade Tech That Powered Apollo 11’s Moon Voyage
A surprising number of the Apollo spacecraft’s critical parts ended up being crafted and assembled by hand, by a vast battalion of little-known and little-heralded workers back on earth.
SOURCE: NY Times
Jill Lepore Reviews Seven New Books About the Apollo 11 Mission
by Jill Lepore
“At no point before the actual moon landing did any majority of Americans support the mission to land on the moon,” Lepore says in this podcast.
SOURCE: Washington Post
A brief history of black holes after the first photograph of one
This is the first direct image of something theorized for more than a century.
SOURCE: The Conversation
Apollo 11 brought a message of peace to the Moon - but Neil and Buzz almost forgot to leave it behind
by Michelle L.D. Hanlon
You may be surprised to learn there are more than a hundred sites on the Moon with evidence of human activity.
SOURCE: Live Science
A 30-Million-Page Archive of Human History Was Just Launched into Space
It's the third in a series of archives that make up the Billion Year Archive initiative.
How Do You Preserve History On The Moon?
"There has never been historic preservation off our planet. It's a really difficult subject."
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