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Book Review: The Orbital Perspective – Lessons in Seeing the Big Picture from a Journey of 71 Million Miles

The Orbital Perspective – Lessons in Seeing the Big Picture from a Journey of 71 Million Miles by Ron Garan; Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.; $27.95 (Hardcover); 2015. There have been a number of “tell-all” books authored by former space travelers. But this book tells all and more. Ron Garan spent 178 days in space, carrying out […]

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Moonshots to Mars: CNN’s Fareed Zakaria Spotlights Space Program

Fareed Zakaria is the host of CNN’s Global Public Square (GPS). “Americans used to understand moonshots inspire us, but also power America’s future,” Zakaria notes in a recent tweet. The GPS special airing called “Moonshots” on Sunday, January 4 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on CNN. A CNN opinion column was […]

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“Invisible Shield” Discovered over Earth

  Scientists have discovered an “invisible shield” roughly 7,200 miles (11,500 kilometers) above Earth that blocks so-called “killer electrons” – highly charged electrons that can fry satellites, degrade space systems during intense solar storms, and pose serious health risks to astronauts. Researchers say that an “extremely sharp” boundary at the inner edge of the outer […]

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Spaceship Earth: A Look at Global Challenges

A new book – Sanctuary: Exploring the World’s Protected Areas from Space – offers a stunning look at current global conservation challenges here on Earth and explores the role that information generated by remote-sensing satellites plays in effective terrestrial and marine conservation. Published by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) of Arlington, Virginia, with […]

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Historic Landing Timeline: Crosshairs on a Comet

  The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft is set to deploy its Philae lander for a first-time touchdown on a comet. On November 11-12, Philae is set to separate from Rosetta at 09:03 GMT (10:03 CET) and touch down on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at about 16:02 GMT (17:02 CET). A timeline of the most crucial activities […]

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