Category Archives: Technology

Asteroid belt–Around Vega

NASA and the ESA announced a few days ago the discovery of an asteroid belt around Vega.  I find this exciting, for several reasons, not the least of which is that we can all go outside and find Vega quite … Continue reading

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New life-sustaining planets? Don’t get too excited.

Sorry to be a killjoy, but I dislike misleading article titles, like “Another Earth Just 12 Light-Years Away?” The article, from Science Express yesterday, itself is fine, but just because a planet exists in a star’s habitable zone does not … Continue reading

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Dragon splashdown

I’m a few days late, but: Welcome home, Dragon!

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Electronics development for the masses

I am NOT an electrical engineer.  I had a breadboard and a pile of capacitors and resistors to play with when I was an undergraduate, and that’s about it.  I have to do a lot of soldering and splicing when … Continue reading

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The Voyager Mission

The last few posts have been serious and full of opinion.  Time for some fun facts. In 1977, two spacecraft launched to explore the outer planets of the Solar System.  Since then, they have toured the Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Uranus … Continue reading

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A new era in spaceflight

Not to be overly dramatic, but we certainly have entered a new era in spaceflight.  For those of you who haven’t heard, the Dragon X spacecraft has become the first commercially-developed and owned spacecraft to dock with the International Space … Continue reading

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