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“First Man,” Reviewed: Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong Bio-Pic Is an Accidental Right-Wing Fetish Object | The New Yorker

First Man is worthy of enduring as a right-wing fetish object. It is a film of deluded, cultish longing for an earlier era of American life, one defined not by conservative politics but, rather, by a narrow and regressive emotional perspective that shapes and distorts the substance of the film.

the movie doesn’t stint on the distinctive Americanism of the action onscreen (including, in a scene of Armstrong ascending from the ground to the capsule of Apollo 11 in an elevator, a point-of-view shot that reveals, majestically, the words United States painted, vertically, on the side of the very tall rocket).

In its explicit content, and by artful omission, First Man subscribes to the misbegotten political premise that America used to be greater—and that the liberating and equalizing activism of the sixties ignored, dismissed, and even undermined that greatness.
critic  movie  rightwing  astronaut  nasa  society  usa  american  hollywood  hero  family  personality  children  death  moon  opinion  1960s 
october 2018 by aries1988
A Hybrid Quadcopter for Longer Flights, Quieter Skies
Video from a computational fluid dynamics simulation of the Straight Up Imaging (SUI) Endurance quadcopter hybrid design in forward flight. The video starts with NASA’s novel hybrid design modification from the original configuration, where the front rotors have been undermounted and the back rotors are kept overmounted. The video then shows the vortex wake using the Q-criterion isosurfaces. If you look closely, you can see that the upper surfaces of the blades are blue (lower pressure), and the lower surfaces are red (higher pressure). The difference in pressure is what generates thrust to fly the drone. The hybrid design reduces the rotor wake interactions and yields much better performance. Timothy Sandstrom, NASA/Ames
drone  nasa  simulation  cfd  video 
january 2018 by aries1988
Why Land on the Moon? - The Atlantic
THOUGHTFUL critics, concerned over the allocation of limited national resources, ask whether this is a good way in which to spend funds that might otherwise be used for the betterment of man's lot on the surface of the earth. Could some of the money going into space research be diverted into other programs of public interest -- medical research, education, housing, technical aid to emerging nations -- a variety of projects contributing to the welfare of our society?

But if space money cannot readily be rerouted into other channels, that negative consideration in itself is not a reason for these large expenditures. What are the positive values which we derive from this investment?

The current discussion of these values of the space program has served the United States well in directing its attention to questions of national purpose. But, however we may try to break the program down into its elements and to attempt a detailed balancing of debits and credits, the fact remains that the space effort is greater than the sum of its parts. It is a great adventure and a great enterprise, not only for the United States but for all humanity. We have the power and resources to play a leading role in this effort, and it is inconceivable that we should stand aside.
science  politics  policy  discovery  state  moon  astronomy  nasa  space 
october 2017 by aries1988
La sonde Cassini a émis son dernier message en plongeant vers Saturne

Avec près de trois cents orbites autour de Saturne, la sonde a découvert notamment des mers de méthane liquide sur Titan, son plus grand satellite naturel, et un vaste océan d’eau salée sous la surface glacée d’Encelade, une petite Lune saturnienne. Les données recueillies par le spectromètre de Cassini lors de la traversée d’un panache de vapeur au pôle sud d’Encelade, ont révélé la présence d’hydrogène.

Cet hydrogène est la signature d’une activité hydrothermale propice à la vie, avaient alors conclu les scientifiques en annonçant cette importante découverte en avril dernier. « Ce monde océanique d’Encelade a vraiment changé notre approche sur la recherche de la vie ailleurs dans notre système solaire et au-delà », a pointé Linda Spilker.

Lune Europe, également dotée d’un vaste océan d’eau salé sous une épaisse banquise, où la vie pourrait exister.
planet  explore  nasa  esa  2017  2004 
september 2017 by aries1988
Bound for Pluto, Carrying Memories of Triton -
Triton was a fitting capstone to the Voyager adventures, at least here in the solar system. Voyager 2 and its twin, Voyager 1, were launched in 1977 to take advantage of a rare once-in-175-year alignment of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune to tour the outer solar system. In addition to cameras and other gear, each carried a gold record (and instructions on how to play it) with sights and sounds of Earth, including a kiss, as greetings for whoever or whatever was Out There.

Voyager 1 departed the tour early, having detoured to inspect Saturn’s misty moon Titan, and then headed for the stars. Voyager 2 kept going past Uranus and Neptune before looping outward past Triton. The Voyagers cruised on, during wars, recessions, the inauguration of the space shuttle, the crack cocaine epidemic and Ronald Reagan’s “morning in America.” At every planetfall the Voyager scientists, like a graying tribe, reassembled at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., for a refresher course on nature’s repertoire.

Today astronomers agree that the leading candidates besides that old standby Mars for harboring life outside Earth – at least in our solar system – are moons of Saturn or Jupiter: the ocean of Europa, jets of water squirting from Saturn’s moon Enceladus, or even in the methane snowdrifts and lakes of Titan.
story  nasa  cosmos  discovery 
november 2014 by aries1988
Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon – in pictures | Science |
Neil Armstrong, the astronaut famed for the words, 'A small step for man, a giant leap for mankind,' has died aged 82. In this gallery we celebrate the achievements of one of the few men in the world who can literally boast a stellar career
photo  nasa  hero  history 
august 2012 by aries1988
Obituary: Neil Armstrong | The Economist
"I am, and ever will be, a white-socks, pocket-protector, nerdy engineer, born under the second law of thermodynamics, steeped in steam tables, in love with free-body diagrams, transformed by Laplace and propelled by compressible flow."
googlereader  usa  nasa  engineer  astro  story 
august 2012 by aries1988
NASA Used Tons of Macs & iPads for Mars Curiosity Landing
NASA Used Tons of Macs & iPads for Mars Curiosity Landing
nasa  mac  feelgood 
august 2012 by aries1988

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