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Rocket waves captured on video

Rocket waves captured on video

Amateur videos captured visible rings of rippling shock waves from a rocket launch in Florida last week, when of all things, the Solar Dynamics Observatory blasted past a ‘sundog’ caused by suspended ice particles in the air. The effect was totally unexpected, as we can hear from the reactions of people also recorded on these […]

Never mind the moon, a more important space race is off and running hard

Never mind the moon, a more important space race is off and running hard

At a populist level there may be much pain and anger in America over President Obama’s budget proposal to abandon the Constellation project to return US astronauts to the moon by 2020. The political dimension was discussed in the Crikey subscriber bulletin today. But this is about much more than the symbolism and science of […]

A flash look at the ISS

A flash look at the ISS

Before the internet USA Today revolutionised newspaper graphics. This last frame capture of an interactive flash graphic showing the time line for the construction of the ISS is as much about where newspapers with strong brands can go with on-line media innovation as it is illustrative of engineering in space. The ISS is now brighter […]

And they came to a silver world under a black sky

And they came to a silver world under a black sky

There are many classic photos of the Apollo 11 moon mission, which took the first moon men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin to their touchdown on the Sea of Tranquillity on 20 July 1969, and some that get overlooked. All of these are courtesy of the NASA Apollo 11 image gallery. The image above […]

Meeting the first Moon man

Meeting the first Moon man

Joe Boerner, then US Consul in Sydney cautioned me that interviewing Neil Armstrong was ‘difficult’. His advice was “talk to him about flying. He loves flying.” It was good advice but I more or less blew it. It was March 1979 and the Sydney Morning Herald was sending me to Melbourne to talk to the […]