Friday, December 5, 2014
Thursday, December 4, 2014
What a week, first at TEDx Brussels (link later), then the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, where I was thrilled to be given an office for the day in the Hawking Wing.
If you prefer, a direct link.
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Another trailer for my 03 Dec talk at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. First, TEDx Brussels 01 Dec! https://t.co/xe4imtmn87— Pac_Space (@Pacific_Space) November 28, 2014
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Talk is in Waterloo, Canada on 03 Dec. That's a couple of days after the TED talk in Brussels, which I'll link here, later.
Friday, November 14, 2014
All gastight, all electrics OK! From YouTube -- "Alexander Knapton shutting down the trainer after a good check of the electrics and C02 scrubber system. Dr. CM Smith on radio running monitor cabinet exterior. Alexander is wearing the helmet but is not pressurized in this test. For more see pacificspaceflight.com, or find us on twitter @Pacific_Space."
Thursday, November 13, 2014
The little, washing-machine-sized Philae lander, after ten years cruising through harsh interplanetary space on the back of the European Space Agency's Rosetta craft, finally caught up with comet 67/P and landed today. The terrains are mind-mangling. Here are photons on your screen bringing you an image of a free-floating body of rock and ice several times the size of Mt. Everest that tumbles through space on an orbit that takes it from about the orbit of Mars out to the orbit of Jupiter before swinging back again...For centuries, the comet was a blurry sky-object of mystery, a demon, harbinger of chaos...now, we humans see it a speck of dust in the galaxy, and we can send our own grain of dust, and little bundles of wire and cables and computer chips that act as extensions of our own senses, to land on that speck of dust after ten years of exposure to the chill of interplanetary space, cosmic radiation and a thousand other shocks. Incredible! I added a 747 to scale to give an impression of the size.