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Whose Apollo Are We Talking About? - Los Angeles Review of Books
"Apollo’s Legacy Perspectives on the Moon Landings By Roger D. Launius Published 05.14.2019 Smithsonian Books 264 Pages Apollo to the Moon A History in 50 Objects By Teasel E. Muir-Harmony Published 10.30.2018 National Geographic 304 Pages"
books  review  space  history  1960s  moon  apollo-program 
7 weeks ago by tsuomela
First Men and Original Sins - Image Journal
"Faith and the American Space Program Kendrick Oliver. To Touch the Face of God: The Sacred, the Profane, and the American Space Program, 1957–1975. Johns Hopkins, 2013. Catherine L. Newell. Destined for the Stars: Faith, Future, and America’s Final Frontier. Pittsburgh, 2019. First Man. Directed by Damien Chazelle. Universal/Amblin/DreamWorks, 2018."
books  review  space  religion  history  culture  experience  grief  faith 
july 2019 by tsuomela
American Scientist
"MARKETING THE MOON: The Selling of the Apollo Lunar Program. David Meerman Scott and Richard Jurek. xiv + 130 pp. MIT Press, 2014. $39.95."
book  review  space  history  technology  marketing  nasa 
july 2018 by tsuomela
spatstat - spatstat website
"spatstat is an R package for spatial statistics with a strong focus on analysing spatial point patterns in 2D (with some support for 3D and very basic support for space-time)."
space  statistics  r  package 
april 2017 by tsuomela
Visions of the Future
"Imagination is our window into the future. At NASA/JPL we strive to be bold in advancing the edge of possibility so that someday, with the help of new generations of innovators and explorers, these visions of the future can become a reality. As you look through these images of imaginative travel destinations, remember that you can be an architect of the future. Click on the thumbnails below to learn more and download a free poster sized image."
nasa  space  poster  graphics  communication  public-relations 
february 2016 by tsuomela
The American Scholar: Boldly Going No More - Nathalie Lagerfeld
"Leaving Orbit: Notes From the Last Days of American Spaceflight, by Margaret Lazarus Dean, Graywolf Press"
book  review  space  exploration  nasa 
june 2015 by tsuomela
Telecommuting, Serendipity, and Innovation - IEEE Spectrum
"That’s an example given in a new working paper from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, entitled “Zone Overlap and Collaboration in Academic Biomedicine.” Its authors developed a notion they call the "functional zone” and found that pairs of workers are more likely to collaborate the more their paths and areas overlap."
collaboration  space  proximity  location  office  serendipity  innovation 
august 2013 by tsuomela
Week 39: On space as a service | Urbanscale
"Broadly speaking, we’ve been considering a set of clearly related, and in some ways overlapping, concerns about the technologically mediated, temporary use of shared spatial resources. And while it’s not at all clear yet if there’s a rocky core at the center of this ideacloud, or, if we found one, how we’d go about developing it into a shipping product or service, it’s our sense that there’s something terrifically exciting and productive waiting to be articulated in here."
geography  data  social-computing  surveillance  privacy  space 
october 2012 by tsuomela
Going to the Moon? Don’t Touch the Historical Artifacts, NASA Says
Don’t say you haven’t been warned. NASA put out an official document today specifying how close any future spacecraft and astronauts visiting the Moon can come to the artifacts left on the lunar surface by all US space missions, including the Apollo landing sites, any robotic landing sites like Surveyor and impact sites like LCROSS.
space  law  history  moon  lunar  nasa 
may 2012 by tsuomela
The Architecture of Information: Architecture, Interaction Design and the Patterning of Digital Information (Paperback) - Routledge
"This book looks at relationships between the organization of physical objects in space and the organization of ideas. Historical, philosophical, psychological and architectural knowledge are united to develop an understanding of the relationship between information and its representation.

Despite its potential to break the mould, digital information has relied on metaphors from a pre-digital era. In particular, architectural ideas have pervaded discussions of digital information, from the urbanization of cyberspace in science fiction, through to the adoption of spatial visualizations in the design of graphical user interfaces. This book tackles:

the historical importance of physical places to the organization and expression of knowledge
the limitations of using the physical organization of objects as the basis for systems of categorization and taxonomy
the emergence of digital technologies and the twentieth century new conceptual understandings of knowledge and its organization
the concept of disconnecting storage of information objects from their presentation and retrieval
ideas surrounding ‘semantic space’
the realities of the types of user interface which now dominate modern computing."
book  publisher  information-science  information  architecture  space 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Earth | Time Lapse View from Space, Fly Over | NASA, ISS on Vimeo
Time lapse sequences of photographs taken by the crew of expeditions
28 & 29 onboard the International Space Station from August to October,
2011, who to my knowledge shot these pictures at an altitude of around 350 km.
video  science  space  earth  time-lapse 
november 2011 by tsuomela
100 Year Starship Study
"DARPA is seeking ideas for an organization, business model and approach appropriate for a self-sustaining investment vehicle in support of the 100 Year Starship Study. The 100 Year Starship Study is a project seeded by DARPA to develop a viable and sustainable model for persistent, long-term, private-sector investment into the myriad of disciplines needed to make long-distance space travel practicable and feasible. "
space  science  funding  private  industry  government  darpa 
june 2011 by tsuomela
BLDGBLOG: Spacesuit: An Interview with Nicholas de Monchaux
"Nicholas de Monchaux is an architect, historian, and educator based in Berkeley, California. His work spans a huge range of topics and scales, as his new and utterly fascinating book, Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo, makes clear.

From the fashionable worlds of Christian Dior and Playtex to the military-industrial complex working overtime on efforts to create a protective suit for U.S. exploration of the moon, and from early computerized analyses of urban management to an "android" history of the French court, all by way of long chapters on the experimental high-flyers and military theorists who collaborated to push human beings further and further above the weather—and eventually off the planet itself—de Monchaux's book shows the often shocking juxtapositions that give such rich texture and detail to the invention of the spacesuit: pressurized clothing for human survival in space."
book  interview  space  history  sts  science  architecture  design  fashion  1960s  apollo-program  exploration  technology  technology-effects 
may 2011 by tsuomela
Benjamin Rosenbaum: Never trust an astronomer with a sinister goatee
"You know, nowadays I consider myself mostly kind of an eye-rolling jaded sophisticate as far as interstellar settlement goes. While I'm moderately bullish on humans making some interesting use of the rest of our own solar system someday -- God willing -- I scoff at FTL drives and galactic empires, and even managing a quick trip (by biological humans) to Proxima Centauri seems honestly like it's going to be a matter of several millennia from now at best.

I'm not really talking about engineering, here
sf  future  space  travel  life  extraterrestrial  exobiology  economics 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Challenger, 25 Years Later - James Fallows - National - The Atlantic
"In my mind, what makes the Challenger story so tragic isn't that there was a civilian teacher on board. It was the disconnect between what insiders knew at the time and what the public was being told, or sold. "
history  space  disaster  1986  1980s  space-shuttle  risk  technology 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Thierry Legault - Partial solar eclipse and transit of the Space Station from Oman
"Image of the solar transit of the International Space Station (ISS), taken from the area of Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman on January 4th 2011 at 9:09 UT, during the partial solar eclipse. "
space  satellite  exploration  photos  eclipse  photography  solar 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Remembrances of Times East — Psychological Science
How do people think about time? Here we describe representations of time in Pormpuraaw, a remote Australian Aboriginal community. Pormpuraawans’ representations of time differ strikingly from all others documented to date. Previously, people have been shown to represent time spatially from left to right or right to left, or from front to back or back to front. All of these representations are with respect to the body. Pormpuraawans instead arrange time according to cardinal directions: east to west. That is, time flows from left to right when one is facing south, from right to left when one is facing north, toward the body when one is facing east, and away from the body when one is facing west. These findings reveal a qualitatively different set of representations of time, with time organized in a coordinate frame that is independent from others reported previously. The results demonstrate that conceptions of even such fundamental domains as time can differ dramatically across cultures
time  perception  psychology  anthropology  space  representation 
october 2010 by tsuomela
The golden age (is ending) | Cosmic Variance | Discover Magazine
As has been oft remarked on this blog, we are in a golden age of astrophysics and cosmology. The data is pouring down from the heavens, in large part from 14 state-of-the-art NASA space telescopes. However, this cornucopia of astronomy is about to come to a crashing stop. We are at the high-water mark, and the next few years are going to see a rapid decline in the number of observatories in space. In five years most, if not all, of these telescopes will be defunct (WMAP is already in the graveyard), and it’s not clear what will be replacing them.
astronomy  astrophysics  physics  observatory  space  data-collection  history  funding 
october 2010 by tsuomela
Yavin IV: Exploring space on the cheap with an iPhone, Droid, and Flip
Many a nerd has dreamed of exploring space—the final frontier—as a child. Despite visions in books, comics, TV, and film of a future where space travel is commonplace, that dream is still far from reality. But a handful of "self-admitted nerds" from the interactive design firm Sevnthsin are taking to the skies with a weather balloon, a hacked cooler, and the latest in mobile technology.

Calling their project Yavin IV (after a rebel base in the Star Wars universe), the small group from Minneapolis, Minnesota completed their first full launch on Friday. Ars was on the scene to capture the event, and we spoke with project leader Jamey Erickson to understand what the project is trying to accomplish, and what's in store for its future.
amateur  engineering  space  exploration  hacking  citizen-science 
september 2010 by tsuomela
SSB: Space Studies Board
The Space Studies Board provides an independent, authoritative forum for information and advice on all aspects of space science and applications.
science  space  astronomy  astrophysics  physics  governance  funding  priorities 
august 2010 by tsuomela
Space exploration: To infinity and beyond | The Economist
Mr Pyne seeks to identify the necessary conditions for successful exploration. Technology is vital but it does not, in itself, drive discovery. An insatiable curiosity is needed, but this, in itself, will not guide success either. One of the reasons why the Voyager missions were reinstated was that the alignment of the planets offered a rare opportunity for travel that would not be repeated for almost two centuries. Still, that was not enough. In the wider world exploration is in hock to politics, where it exists to promote national glory. Moreover such flag waving is born of rivalry between nations. The exploration of the solar system would not have happened, Mr Pyne argues, without the cold war on Earth. What looks today like the scientific mapping of the features of the outermost reaches of the solar system began life as having little to do with the discipline.
book  review  space  exploration  science  politics  cold-war  history  planetary  astronomy 
august 2010 by tsuomela
AAVSO: American Association of Variable Star Observers
The AAVSO is an international non-profit organization whose mission is: to observe and analyze variable stars; to collect and archive observations for worldwide access; to forge strong collaborations between amateur and professional astronomers; and to promote scientific research and education using variable star data.
astronomy  science  citizen-science  amateur  professional  collaboration  project(Utenn)  associations  space  research  physics  variable-stars 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Here Comes the Neighborhood - Magazine - The Atlantic
Conventional suburbs are overbuilt and out of favor. In cities and suburbs alike, walkable neighborhoods linked by train are the future. Here’s how a new network of privately funded rail lines can make that future come to pass more quickly and cheaply—and help reinvigorate housing and the economy.
urban  urbanism  design  development  housing  suburbia  space  transportation  transit 
june 2010 by tsuomela
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