|Jesco von Puttkamer, NASA veteran, 1933-2012.
||NASA obit. Also
Moon & Back,
|Astronomer and broadcaster Sir Patrick Moore dies, aged 89.
New York Times,
Globe & Mail,
|The canals of Mars, 1861-1970 by B. Holman - ADS-based analysis.
(parts II and
|Neil Armstrong.s family reveal origins of 'one small step' line by R. Gray - he
wrote his famous 'one small step' speech long before flying to the Moon.
Cosmic Log (w/doubts),
(more - but contradicted by
Neil himself in 1999; see alsi
SpaceCollect (w/more doubts).
|NASA Celebrates 50 Years of Planetary Exploration - on a mid-December day 1962 Mariner 2
sailed close to Venus, marking the first time any spacecraft had ever successfully made a close-up study of another planet.
||JPL Release. Auch:
|Last lunar landing launched 40 years ago, the last of the missions to land men on the moon.
|New additional material of meteor showers during 9th -19th centuries in the Islamic history by H.
Basurah - twelve records of meteor showers in Arabic chronicles.
|Stonehenge scan shows importance of the solstice by I. Binnie - the monument was
built to enhance the dramatic passage of sunlight through the circle of stones.
|Maria Reiche's Line to Archaeoastronomy by A. Sparavigna - we can appraise her approach
using satellite imagery and a free planetarium software.
||Preprint. Auch zum
|It's so in-tents by R. Dunn - Zeltsternwarten vergangener Jahrhunderte.
|An Australian Icon - Planning and Construction of the Parkes Telescope by P. Robertson -
the most successful scientific instrument ever built in Australia.
||Preprint. Auch Paper zu
The Dish und dem
|Return to Antikythera by J. Marchant - divers revisit wreck where ancient computer found.
|Evolution of the problem "search for life in the Universe" from some examples by D. Briot -
the history of Astrobiology from the origins up to the epoch of the Drake formula.
|The wheel in the sky keeps on turning by T. Christy - mehrere verschiedene geozentrische
Weltsysteme vor Copernicus.
|Launch of UNESCO-IAU Astronomical Heritage Web Portal - a dynamic, publicly accessible
database, discussion forum and document repository on astronomical heritage sites throughout the world.
||IAU Press Release. Auch:
|The Earth-like Mars by D. Bressan - the view of Mars thru history.
|Looking at the Night Sky Through the Past - the Stellafane town in Vermont.
|Voyager at 35 - and Voyager 2 became the longest-operating spacecraft on Aug. 13, 2012!
Auch: Ars Technica
|Verunsicherter Sterndeuter von C. Luethy - wie Kopernikus zu seiner Theorie des
Sonnensystems gekommen sein mag.
|How A Quaint California Town Put Us On Mars by E. Badger - the history of the JPL.
|Mapping Mars by R. Higgitt - a long and highly imaginative history.
|Peter Hingley, 1951-2012 - he was the Royal Astronomical Society's librarian "with
an extraordinary knowledge of historical astronomical documents".
|"Nuncius" mit angeblich von Galilei selbst gemalten Bildern offenbar komplette Faelschung von
D. Fischer - und nicht nur dieses Buch ...
|Wer entdeckte die Venus-Atmosphaere? von D. Fischer - oder: Warum der
Lomonossow-Effekt vielleicht besser Wargentin-Mallet-Effekt heissen sollte.
||Skyweek 2.0. Auch:
Uebersetzungen von Lomonossow und Encke
|"Jenseits des Horizonts" von D. Fischer - neue Ausstellung zu Raum und Wissen
in Berlin bietet auch viel fuer Freunde der Astronomie-Geschichte.
|Why Was Stonehenge Built? Previous speculation suggested the great stone circle was used as a prehistoric observatory, a sun temple, a place of healing, and a temple of the ancient druids. The Stonehenge Riverside Project's researchers have rejected all these possibilities.
||Science 2.0. Auch:
|Die Geschichte des Radioteleskops Effelsberg - jetzt open access im Web! von D. Fischer: Dasselbe
gilt fuer saemtliche je im Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage erschienenen Papers!
|Library of Congress obtains astronomer Carl Sagan's personal papers by J. Achenbach - his papers
arrived on 41 pallets containing 798 boxes.
||Washington Post. Auch:
LoC Press Release,
|Los Angeles: Griffith Observatory by N. Rabin: home of Rebel Without A Cause - and Terminator.
|Father of the Big Bang by W. Crawley - the story of the unassuming
Belgian Catholic priest who originated 'Big Bang' theory, Lemaitre.
||BBC Radio Feature (29 min.)
|Original 1972 space shuttle mockup going on display - the mostly wood and plastic model was created by North American Rockwell as part of the company's bid to build the space shuttle for NASA.
|The conceptual origins of gravitational lensing by D. Valls-Gabaud - the evidence available
of the early ideas on the bending of light due to a gravitational attraction.
|Die Kernprobleme der Physik von A. Pawlak - heute waere Carl Friedrich von Weizsaecker
100 Jahre alt geworden.
|The Great Soviet Space Exhibition of 1927 - 14 photos from the exhibition,
published for the first time anywhere in nearly 90 years.
|The star catalogues of Ptolemaios and Ulugh Beg by F. Verbunt & R. van Gent -
machine-readable versions and comparison with the modern Hipparcos Catalogue.
|Sunspots ahoy! Records found in old ships' logbooks.
|Soviet Moon Lander Discovered Water on The Moon in 1976 - Luna-24 returned with
water-rich rocks from beneath the surface, but the West ignored the result.
|Wissen Sie noch, was heute vor 40 Jahren war ...? von D. Fischer - Star-Trek-Premiere im ZDF!
|Did the ancient egyptians record the period of the eclipsing binary Algol - the Raging one?
By L. Jetsu et al. - evidence indicating that the period of Algol was 2.850 days three millenia ago.
Zauber der Sterne,
Uni Helsinki PR
|1859's "Great Auroral Storm".the week the Sun touched the earth by M. Lasar - accounts of
the largest electromagnetic storm ever recorded.
|MURAL FOUND ON WALLS A FIRST FOR A MAYA DWELLING - painted Numbers Reflect Calendar
Reaching Well Beyond 2012.
||Nat'l Geogr. PR. Auch:
80 Beats, New Sci.,
Sky & Tel.,
|Interview with Lubos Kohoutek by S. Kuerti - author of the large scale catalouge of planetary nebulae, discoverer of variable stars, minor planets and comets.
|25th anniversary of the Energia's flight and its weird payload.
Blog. Auch: engl. Wikipedia
|Media, technology and culture through the lens of various science fictions am Beispiel der
||Medium Cool. Auch:
|2012: The correlation issue again by J. Normark - GMT+2 the final word?
|Apollo 12's Electrifying Launch von asteitel - lightening struck the rocket and traveled
down its contrail all the way to the launch pad where it struck the tower.
|History of science mini-marathon - 20 history of science hot spots, all within a short distance of London's Piccadilly Circus.
|How Nasa first saw the early universe by A. Liddle - 20 years ago George Smoot announced that COBE had
observed radiation from "the oldest and largest structures" in the early universe.
||BBC (narrated slideshow)
|Heute vor 100 Jahren: Hybrid-Sonnenfinsternis ueber Europa von D. Fischer - sie war auch
entscheidend fuer die Entdeckung der Kosmischen Strahlung durch Victor Hess.
|The hunt for the first exoplanet - on those overlooked Canadian pioneers.
||Back Reaction. Auch:
|Swedish Stonehenge? by C. Gammon - Ancient stone structure spurs debate.
|Who put the names on the moon? by T. Christy - it was was the Jesuit Giovanni Battista
Riccioli who was born 17th April 1598.
|The Space Craze That Gripped Russia Nearly 100 Years Ago by A. Mann - the entire
country seemed to become captivated by the idea of interplanetary travel.
|Tom Johnson, 1923 - 2012 by D. di Cicco - he was the creator of the modern Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and the founder of Celestron.
|The Holy Cosmos: The New Religion of Space Exploration by R. Andersen - the history of cosmism.
|IMAX space cameras given to Smithsonian - the two cameras were carried aboard 17 shuttle missions between 1984 and 1998.
|Auf den Spuren des Venus-Transits 1769 in Vardo von D. Fischer - was von
Maximilian Hells Expedition blieb.
|Evidence stacks up that monolith at Gardom’s Edge is astronomically aligned - orientation and inclination
of the slope is aligned to the altitude of the Sun at mid-summer.
Press Release. Auch:
|Besuch bei der "Struve-Saeule" von D. Fischer - in Hammerfest.
|German V2 rocket found in Harwich Harbour - it was buried vertically with about 1.5 m
of its tail exposed at low tide.
|Roger Boisjoly, 73, Dies; Warned of Shuttle Danger by D. Martin - Boisjoly (pronounced like Beaujolais wine)
died on Jan. 6 at 73.
||New York Times.
Auch: LA Times,
amateur video of the disaster!
|The First Telescope by Y. Petrunin - the invention of the telescope became
possible only when the central part alone of a spectacle lens was used to form the image.
|"2012" in Bonn: Was die Maya wirklich dachten von D. Fischer - ein Tagungsbericht.
|The Great Neutrino Tsunami by J. Koelman - 25 years of SN 1987A.
||Science 2.0. Auch:
Sky & Tel.,
|Die ewige Wiederkehr der Ungenauigkeit von K. Bartels - ueber Schalttage, Schaltmonate,
Schaltjahre und Kalenderreformen.
||NZZ - apparently well researched
|Newly Cataloged Collection of Science Materials Now Open for Research - from the family of Sir
John F. W. Herschel (1792 - 1871).
||University of TX Release
|Ames Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Pioneer 10 - launched on March 2,1972, Pioneer 10
was the first spacecraft to make direct observations and obtain close-up images of Jupiter.
|Society in the sky by M. Kay - a seventeenth century attempt to redraw the constellations.
thru my fingers
|Der stille Held, der den dritten Weltkrieg verhinderte - Interview mit S. Petrow ueber einen
Glitch eines sowjetischen Fruehwarnsatelliten 1983.
|The Cosmos in the Antikythera Mechanism by T. Freeth & A. Jones - progress in reading a passage of one inscription that appears to describe the front of the Mechanism as a representation of a Greek geocentric cosmology, portraying the stars, Sun, Moon, and all five planets known in antiquity.
eventually end up here)
|Planets orbiting Barnard's Star (not) - with original 'discovery' NYT story ... from 1963.
|Great Melbourne Telescope to see night again by G. Mulcaster - work to restore the
GMT at its original site comes as Australia takes part in a new golden age of astronomy.
Age. Auch: Homepage
|Stonehenge design was 'inspired by sounds' by J. Amos - the idea is that ancient Britons could have based its
layout in part on the way they perceived sound.
New Scientist Blog,
|Krimi um die Himmelsscheibe von S. Moeckl - Die aelteste konkrete Himmelsdarstellung der
Welt gelangte vor zehn Jahren nach einer langen Odyssee ins Landesmuseum in Halle.
|How far the moon? by T. Christie - German cartographer and astronomer Tobias Mayer died
two hundred and fifty years ago on 20th February 1762.
|NASA Completes Publication of Boris Chertok's Rockets and People Memoir Series - the
History Program Office has released the fourth volume of the English translation.
|Sigmund Jähn - der erste Deutsche im All wird 75.
|An Introduction to the Astrolabe by D. Hayton - a short history of the astrolabe bulked
up a bit with additional material.
|50 Years Later, Celebrating John Glenn's Feat by J. Wilford - Glenn circled the Earth three times,
becoming the first American to orbit the planet.
York Times. Auch: YouTube,
|Midwifery in the evolution of science by T. Christy - Rheticus' birthday.
|Mikhail Lomonosov and the dawn of Russian science by V. Shiltsev - he broke ground in physics,
chemistry and astronomy and was a key figure of the Russian Enlightenment.
|Lost treasures: President Nixon's moon rocks by M. Campbell - priceless lunar samples
fell into wrong hands; meet the moon-hunter who went undercover to get them back.
|Franco Pacini, 1939.2012 - the Italian astronomer was a key
figure in the astronomy community.
||ESO Release. Auch:
|Hilmar Duerbeck: 1948 - 2012 by S. van Roode - Hilmar's selfless character will be greatly missed.
||ToV Blog. Auch:
|Community leader, wife of astronomer, Tombaugh dies by D. Moore - Patricia "Patsy" Edson Tombaugh
||Las Cruces Sun. Auch:
|James Arnold dies at 88; pushed to unlock secrets in moon rocks by E. Woo - the nuclear chemist's
efforts helped lead NASA to preserve and analyze a treasure trove for lunar research.
|Aristoteles entschluesselt von R. Jellen - Josef Mehringer zur neu entdeckten Struktur in der Philosophie des antiken Klassikers.
|Ancient Astronomers Were No Fools by C. Carlisle - but did they really
discover atmospheric extinction?
||Sky & Telescope
|Karl Jansky and the Very Large Array by J. Oulette - far fewer people would recognize its
namesake, the "father of radio astronomy": Karl Jansky.
|The ghost of the Isaac Newton Telescope by B. Haran - officially, the INT relocated
from Sussex to the Canary Islands in the 1980s. Or did it?
|The active observatory by R. Higgitt - review of "Architectures of astronomical observation:
from Sternwarte Kassel (circa 1560) to the Radcliffe Observatory (1772)" by A. Kwan.
|Amazing Astronomy Illustrations From the 1800s Resurface Online by S. Pappas -
sunspots, auroras and even planetary bodies as they were observed in the Victorian era.
|The last great naked eye astronomer by T. Christie - a brief look at the life and work of Johannes Hevelius.
|What did Horrocks really see? by S. van Roode - every picture showing the Cytherean silhoutte on the solar disk as recorded by Horrocks turns out to be plainly wrong.
|Declassified US Spy Satellites from Cold War Land in Ohio by T. Malik - the satellites called KH-7 Gambit 1, KH-8 Gambit 3
and KH-9 Hexagon were officially declassified in September.
|Freedom 7 Mercury capsule leaving Naval Academy for JFK Library, Smithsonian.
|A Potted Prehistory of Cosmology - a short description of the history
of cosmology, from the dawn of civilisation up to the establishment of the Big Bang model.
|NASA Searches for Loot That Traveled From Space to Another Void by M. Fernandez - the problem
of missing Moon rocks.
York Times. Auch: Spiegel
|Francoiss Arago - the most interesting physicist in the world!
in the Stars
|Himmelsscheibe wird national wertvolles Kulturgut - sie wird in das "Verzeichnis national
wertvollen Kulturgutes" aufgenommen.
|To Preserve History on the Moon, Visitors Are Asked to Tread Lightly by K. Chang - important
first steps toward raising awareness of the need to protect off-world artifacts.
|Vom Kopf auf die Fuesse getellt - 100 Jahre Kontinentaldrifttheorie.
des GFZ. Auch: DLF
|The curious aftermath of Neptune's discovery by D. Kent - controversy
following the announcement of the new planet propelled US astronomers to the international limelight.
|Charles T. Kowal, discovered 2 of Jupiter's moons - and the first Centaur, of course.
||Buffalo News. Auch:
|Boris Chertok, Engineer With Russian Space Program, Dies at 99 by D. Hevesi - he played a
central role in designing the navigation systems for Soviet spacecraft during the race to the moon.
York Times. Auch:
|Astropeiler - Podcast zur Geschichte des Stockert-Radioteleskops.
||Chaos Radio Express (1:50)
|Science Fiction Before 'Science Fiction' J. Nevins & M. Martinez - romances of Science and Scientific Romances.
|Merry Grotemas and Happy Rebercentennial! It has been 100 years since the birth of Grote Reber on 22 December 1911.
|An 18th-century astronomical tour by R. Higgitt - on "An Observer of Observatories: The
Journal of Thomas Bugge's Tour of Germany, Holland and England in 1777".
|1963 Bases on the Moon - a "Sky at Night" episode from 1963 with P. Moore & A. C. Clarke.
||BBC Archive (full 20 minutes)
|Apollo 13 notebook fetches $388,375 at auction by M. Richter - Lovell jotted down
handwritten calculations in hopes of guiding his crew safely home.
Earlier: Heritage Auctions PR
|Discoveries provide evidence of a celestial procession at Stonehenge - evidence of two
huge pits positioned on celestial alignment.
of Birmigham Press Release. Auch:
|Tausende ueber hundert Jahre alte populaerastronomische Artikel zeitweise frei im Web! Von D. Fischer -
aus dem Scientific American bis 1909, und nur bis zum 30. November.
2.0. Auch: Transit of Venus Blog
|Stars on oldest heliocentric model were on backwards by G. Schilling - the Leiden Sphaera was
built around 1670 by the clock maker Steven Tracy.
Scientist Blog. Auch: IO9
|Is This the First In-Space Portrait? I.e. photographic picture one astronaut took of another one.
|A Survey Of Moon Maps Since the 17th Century by V. Johnson - Galilei to 2010.
|A Walk Around Gdansk for Physicists by A. Januszajtis - a guide to Danzig and some of its
suburbs, focusing on sites of particular interest to physicists.
||Physics in Perspective
|The Antikythera Mechanism at HSS 2011 by D. Hayton - a panel dedicated to the mechanism at
this year's History of Science Society Annual Conference.
|A small spot in front of the sun, a small step down the road to heliocentricity by T. Christy -
the 1st planetary transit observation 280 years ago.
||The Renaissance Mathematicus
|Techniques of Radio Astronomy by T. Wilson - a short history of the development of the field.
|Johns Hopkins's "Eureka! Rare Books in the History of Scientific Discovery" by K. Coronado -
a collection of more than 300 works bequeathed to the university last fall.
|The planets of the Solar System, according to crazed pulp comics of the 1940s.
|In memory: Planetary geologist Ronald Greeley - he has contributed significantly to our understanding of planetary bodies within our solar system.
||ASU Press Release
(In Memory). Auch:
|Charles P. 'Chuck' Sonett, 1924-2011 - Pioneering Space Scientist.
||LPL In Memoriam
|Secretary of State Zijlstra opens renovated Leiden Observatory, the oldest still functioning academic observatory in the world.
||Univ. Leiden Library
|A depolarizer as a possible precise sunstone for Viking navigation by polarized skylight by G. Ropars & al. - we
demonstrate that using the transparent common Iceland spar as a depolarizer, the Vikings could have performed a precise navigation.
||Proceedings of the
Royal Society. Auch: paper from 2007;
|El telescopio Lomonosov, el Hubble sovietico von D. Marin - der Satellit, der nie gebaut wurde.
|Future of historic Yerkes Observatory remains unclear by K. Hoffman - a final report
recommends the facility transform from a research facility to an education center.
|Stories of Missions Past: Early Explorers - NASA's Explorer class missions are numbered at 92 so far, with more constantly planned.
||NASA History Feature
|The Spark of a New Era - 75 years ago the first rocket motor test at what's now the JPL.
|An early Celtic "Stonehenge" discovered in the Black Forest in the royal tomb of
Magdalenenberg, nearby Villingen-Schwenningen.
||RGZM Press Release
|Aden Meinel Passed Away - he was the founder and first director of
the Kitt Peak National Observatory.
|Aboriginal Stonehenge: Stargazing in ancient Australia by S. Hegarty - an
egg-shaped ring of standing stones in Australia could prove to be older than Stonehenge and may
show that ancient Aboriginal cultures had a deep understanding of the movements of the stars.
|Judge denies Apollo astronaut's motion to dismiss moon camera lawsuit - the case
of United States of America vs. Edgar Mitchell is scheduled to tried before a jury in October 2012.
Mitchel gives up
|Tracing the Canals of Mars by R. Milner - over 100 years ago, Percival Lowell
thought the "canals" on Mars were evidence of global engineering by an advanced race of Martians.
|Glorious Retrofuture from Japan - very rare and beautiful visions, published in Japan in the 1930s-1960s.
||Dark Roasted Blend
|Physiker und Pianist von D. Hoffmann & G. Kaindl - Mit nur 32 Jahren erhielt Rudolf Moessbauer
den Nobelpreis. Nun ist er in Muenchen verstorben.
Auch: Pro Physik,
|The seven suns of Rome by K. McAlpine - a diagram lost for more than 350 years documents haloes of 1630.
|Recasting the heavens by O. Gingerich - glowing review of D. Sobel's A More Perfect Heaven: How
Copernicus Revolutiomized the Cosmos.
||Nature 477 [15 September 2011] 276-7. Auch:
Planetary Society Blog
|Review: Soviet Robots in the Solar System by L. Friedman - Huntress and Marov chronicle
these endeavors in wonderful detail.
||The Space Review
|Historic Footage of Palomar Observatory Now Online by K. Neith - black and white silent films
documenting some of the early days of Caltech's Palomar Observatory are available for viewing at the Internet Archive.
|More than artifacts under threat by R. Rosenfeld - institutions such as the Boerhaave
have been put at grave risk of dissolution.
||ToV Blog. Auch:
Save Museum Boerhaave
|Coloured diagram from 1769 by S. van Roode - Daniel Fischer draws our attention to
an interesting exhibition on the history of astronomy in the Technoseum in Mannheim.
||Transit of Venus 2012 Blog
|Historical Maps of Solar Eclipses by B. Zeiler - from 1654 to today.
Days of Astronomy (visuals)
|Evidence of plant life on Mars? Originally published in the Manchester Guardian on 19 September 1955.
|The great Martian catastrophe and how Kepler fixed it by O. Gingerich - with a
correctly repositioned Earth, the error in Mars.s predicted position disappeared.
|Protests deny Jantar Mantar Unesco honour by R. Verma - frequent protests at the
old Delhi observatory have hurt its standing as a monument of historical value.
|Schiaparelli and the dawn of astronomy by E. Antonello - his fundamental contributions to the understanding of ancient
Greek astronomy and for his pioneer work on babylonian astronomy.
||Mem. S.A.It. 82 , 280
|Teaching Galileo? Get to know Riccioli! by C. Graney - what a forgotten
Italian astronomer can teach students about how science works.
|"Ein Schmetterling, angeschraubt auf einer Gewehrkugel" von D. Fischer - das
war der Space Shuttle; mit viel Historie von den Anfaengen.
2.0. Auch Nature articles of 40 years ...
|Is scientific progress slowing? by J. Timmer - depends how you measure it!
|Sweepers of the sky von C. Johnston - Besprechung von Discoverers of the Universe:
William and Caroline Herschel von Michael Hoskin.
|Remembering Tom Gehrels (1925-2011) by G. Schilling - in his search for understanding,
he encountered the frailty of humanity - constantly threatened by cosmic impacts - and lost track when he
tried to answer the biggest questions science can ask.
||Sky & Tel. Auch:
|Letter sheds light on alleged censorship by Hubble by E. Reich - the translator was actually
||Nature Blog. Auch: Paper
|Ordering the Heavens: A Visual History of Mapping the Universe by M. Popova - from
Copernicus to Ancient Korea, or what the Chinese concept of change has to do with Aztec astrology.
|Paris: City of lights and cosmic rays by G. Gbur - the first significant evidence of the existence of cosmic radiation ... in 1910.
|Does Islam Stand Against Science? by S. Paulson - what adds a fair amount of contemporary
angst is that Islamic civilization was once the unrivaled center of science and philosophy.
||The Chronicle of Higher Education
|A Look Back at Lunar Photographs by M. Karmelek - Pickering's pics from 1903.
|Cosmic Pluralism by A. Wilkins - how Christianity briefly conquered the solar system.
Auch: Science Blogs
|How the space shuttle program was born by M. Wall - concept goes back to WWII.
|One Hundred Years Ago Today, A Mars Meteorite Fell in a Blaze by A. Childs - the case of Nakhla.
Blog. Also: why the dog story is
a myth (paper)
|Palomar in a Vintage Escondido Travel Brochure by S. Kardel - scans from a 1951
brochure put out by the Escondido Chamber of Commerce.
|Ingenious 'Flat Earth' Theory Revealed In Old Map by N. Wolchover - In 1893 a real estate developer
drew a map of the Earth that combined biblical and scientific knowledge in a unique way.
||Life's Little Mysteries
|Hadrian's buildings catch the Sun by E. Hand - the Emperor's country estate
is aligned to meet the solstices.
|Ur-Astronomie im Schwarzwald von M. Vieweg - keltische Grabanlage war ein riesiger Mond-Kalender.
||Bild der Wissenschaft
|Astronomy in the Church by C. Sigismondi: the Clementine Sundial in Santa Maria degli Angeli, Rome.
|The Remarkable Story of the First Accurate Measure of the Earth by D. Main - in 1735, a team
of scientists and other crew departed on a most unlikely quest to S. America.
|Galileo's Discoveries After 400 Years by N. Swerdlow - double review of two 2010 Galilei books.
||American Scientist. Auch: The Nation (about same books)
|Willard S. Boyle, Father of Digital Eye, Dies at 86 by D. Martin - his CCD is at the
heart of virtually every camcorder, digital camera and telescope in use.
||New York Times. Auch:
|Zehn Jahre Himmelscheibe von Nebra - und (k)ein bisschen weiser von D. Fischer - die
Quintessenz der Proceedings der Halle-Tagung.
|Race to Space, Through the Lens of Time by J. Wilford - 50 years ago, on May 25, 1961,
President Kennedy addressed a joint session of Congress and a national television audience.
||New York Times. Auch:
JFK Library PR;
The Space Review,
|Moon movie from 1902 gets 21st-century facelift by L. David - 'Le Voyage Dans La Lune' was
restored thanks to the discovery of a colorized print.
|Eclipses in Australian Aboriginal Astronomy by D. Hamacher & R. Norris - many Aboriginal
groups viewed eclipses negatively, frequently associating them with bad omens, evil magic, disease, blood and death.
|Uranus image celebrates Herschel - the man and the machine by J. Amos, with 6-min audio of Bath house visit.
|JPL Facility has Built Famed Spacecraft for 50 Years - the Spacecraft Assembly
Facility was constructed in 1961 to support NASA's Ranger and Mariner missions to the moon, Venus and Mars.
|Wernher von Braun soll V2 nicht gebaut haben von S. Kellerhof - neu gefundene Dokumente wecken Zweifel.
|Heliocentrism by K. Ravichandran - How the Debate Surrounding the
Revolution of the Earth Revolutionized Science.
|Pondering History by L. Delgado: NASA Celebrates 50 Years of Human Spaceflight.
|A Cosmonaut's Fiery Death Retold by R. Krulwich - the horrendous death of Soviet
cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov.
|In Memoriam: Dr. Baruch S. "Barry" Blumberg 1925 - 2011 by S. Abe - he served as
the first director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute from 1999 to 2002 but is best known as the
winner of the 1976 Nobel Prize in Medicine.
Auch: NASA Feature,
New York Times,
New Scientist Blog,
|A look inside the Pantheon - a
tour of the Pantheon
and the story behind its construction, with Magli's sundial/meridiana idea.
Clip [alt.]. Also
|Tartu Observatory Turns Museum - on April 27, the Old Observatory of the University of
Tartu will celebrate its 200th anniversary by opening the landmark to the public as a museum.
||Estonian Public Broadcasting.
|Propaganda posters of Soviet space program 1958-1963 - several interesting posters of historical epoch.
||Russia Travel Blog
|Saljut 1 - Das vergessene Jubilaeum von E. Reichl - es war vor 40 Jahren ...
|The linear redshift-distance relationship: Lemaitre beats Hubble by two years by M. Way & H.
Nussbaumer - Edwin Hubble is often credited with discovering the expanding Universe based on spectra taken by him;
there are several errors in this statement.
||Preprint (see also Apr. 2007!);
published version. Also:
One Small Step
|Kepler: Moving the Earth by E. McMullin - his account of the planetary system yields a
passable theory of why the planets move as they do.
||Journal of the
International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 1 #1 [Spring 2011] 3-22
|THE VAEAKAU-TAUMAKO WIND COMPASS: A COGNITIVE CONSTRUCT FOR NAVIGATION IN THE PACIFIC by
C. Pyrek - discussion of Star Compasses included.
||136 pg. PDF
|Jodrell Bank's creator Sir Bernard Lovell by J. Bromley-Dave - he knew the future
was out of this world.
|Himmelsscheibe Nebra war nur kurz in Gebrauch - eine Nutzungsdauer von rund 100 Jahren.
|50 Jahre Gagarin, 30 Jahre Space Shuttle - und ratlos in der Gegenwart von D. Fischer: zu den Jahrestagen.
2.0. Und mehrere Artikel von
Russian Space Web,
Universe Today und
SciLogs und Bilder von der
|Vostok: an aerospace classic by A. LePage - the Vostok design was never really abandoned
but continued to be improved and adapted.
||The Space Review (auch
ueber wilde Theorien). Auch
Alles was Fliegt, ein
Jaehn-Artikel und das
|108 mins that stunned the world by A. Carbonnel - Russia honors Gagarin.
|Yuri Gagarin's daughter: 'It wasn't enough for him, it was too quick!' by A. Rose -
Elena gave her first ever interview for Western media.
Auch: RheinZeitung Blog,
|Mit Juri Gagarin fing es an von J. Brück - 50 Jahre bemannte Raumfahrt.
The Space Review,
|How Yuri Gagarin's historic flight was nearly grounded by T. Parfitt - 1st
manned orbital flight in 1961 was almost undone by last-minute hitches, newly declassified files reveal.
|Former Cosmonaut Offers First-Hand Account Of The Death Of Yury Gagarin - Vladimir
Aksyonov has offered the most plausible account.
|Early star catalogues of the southern sky by F. Verbunt & R. van Gent:
De Houtman, Kepler (Second and Third Classes), and Halley.
|Newton's three-body problem by M. Harris - review of the play "Let Newton Be!"
|Ancient Greek Computer Had Surprising Sun Tracker by L. Grossman - the Antikythera
mechanism used pure geometry as well as flashy gears to track celestial bodies' motion through the heavens.
|The Origins of the Telescope by A. van Helden et al. (eds.) - proceedings of the
conference "The invention of the Dutch telescope. Its origin and impact on science, culture and society".
||Complete Book (PDF, 376 pages,
|Strange Cases from the Files of Astronomical Sociology by K. Krisciunas - astronomers
(and non-astronomers alike) keep wondering why we are the way we are and what motivates us.
|The Galileo myths by K. Perrott - the current attempts of theistically motivated
historians and philosophers to rewrite the history of the Galileo affair.
|Early Pioneers of Telescopic Astronomy in India: G.V.Juggarow and His Observatory by K. Rao et al. -
Juggarow was one of the early pioneers of observational astronomy.
|Die tierischen Helden der Raumfahrt von H. Vensky - vor Juri Gagarin kreisten andere Saeugetiere um die Erde.
|Goddard's First Homegrown Satellite, Explorer 10 Was Launched 50 Years Ago.
||Geeked on Goddard
|Victor Blanco, Stargazer, Dies at 92 by D. Overbye - the Puerto Rican astronomer
helped build the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile.
||New York Times
|Physics: Unification + 150 by M. Waldrop - in 1861, James Clerk Maxwell
unified electricity, magnetism and light.
|Remembering James Elliot, 1943-2011, by K. Beatty - Elliot specialized in outer-planet
atmospheres at MIT, where he'd been a professor since 1978.
||Sky & Tel.
Auch: MIT Press Release,
|On this day in history: The Discovery of Uranus 230 years ago.
|ESA remembers the night of the comet 25 years
ago this month.
||ESA Release. Auch:
The Space Review,
The Space Writer,
|126 Arguments Concerning the Motion of the Earth by T. Graney - as presented by
Giovanni Battista Riccioli in his 1651 Almagestum Novum.
The Renaissance Mathematicus
|Celebrating 400 Years of Sunspot Observations - in March of 1611 Johannes Fabricius left
school at Leiden carrying several of the new-fangled telescopes.
|60 Years Ago: The World's 1st Televised Solar Eclipse by J. Rao - on March 7, 1951, an
annular total eclipse was broadcast for the first time.
|Hammer und Zirkel im All von H. Krause - zur Geschichte der Raumfahrt in der DDR.
|Martian illusion by M. Carr - Review von "Geographies of Mars" by K. Lane, u.a. ueber Lowell's Kontext.
||Nature 470 [10.2.2011] 172-3
|The beginnings of planetary exploration by A. LePage - the first probes to Venus.
||The Space Review
|Faszinierendes Dokument: Wie sich Roddenberry 1964 'Star Trek' vorstellte von D. Fischer - der Pitch ist wieder da.
|Rehabilitating Nevil Maskleyne by A. Baker - Part One: Reassessing the accusations.
of Longitude Blog (parts
|Arabic Science Tidbits - key points from "Pathfinders: The Golden Age of Arabic Science"
by Jim Al-Khalili.
|Kepler: All systems go! by L. Billings - what Struve and Epicurus had to say about exoplanets.
|Apollo 14 Moon shot: Alan Shepard 'told he was too old' by P. Rincon - the mission commander
was the oldest astronaut to have flown in space.
|The chimp that took America into space by H. Hicholls - fifty years ago Ham blasted off
and returned to a celebrity lifestyle.
|A big V-2 history post - a V-2 launch circa 1950; from an article in the
October 1950 issue of National Geographic.
|Antike Astronomie: Eine Neuentdeckung im Neuen Museum? Berliner Wissenschaftshistoriker
scannen antikes Marmorfragment mit eingravierter Sterndarstellung.
der Humboldt-Universitaet Berlin
|Voyager Celebrates 25 Years Since Uranus Visit on 24 Jan 1986.
||JPL Release. Auch:
The Space Review
|Copernicus and the Star that was bigger than the Universe on a C. Graney paper re.
arguments in favor of Ptolemy in the 17th century.
|Vor 45 Jahren: Sergej Koroljow gestorben von M. Khan - weniger als 5 Jahre nach seinem
groessten Triumph, dem ersten bemannten Weltraumflug.
|Starry Messenger by O. Gingerich - reviews of two Galilei biographies.
||New York Times. Auch:
Science 331 [4.2.2011] 535
|Apollo Landing Sites in Stunning 3-D by N. Atkinson - with the Lunar Reconnaissance
Orbiter Camera constantly snapping images of the lunar surface, we have been able to see most of the
Apollo landing sites with better and better detail.
|The scientist pope who lit up the Dark Ages by J. Hannam - Gerbert of Aurillac
played a small but important part in the unknown story of medieval science.
|Exploring Our Relationship With the Lonely Moon by C. Dean - ueber das Buch 'Moon: A Brief
History'; mit langer Bildergalerie.
||New York Times
|Earliest colour photo of astro event by P. Sutherland - from an eclipse expedition in 1907.
Bericht von dieser SoFi
|Early Australian Optical and Radio Observations of Centaurus A by P. Robertson & al. -
the discoveries of the radio source and its optical counterpart were important landmarks in the
history of Australian astronomy.
|Gab es den Stern von Bethlehem wirklich? von I. Wolter - nee!
Volkszeitung. Auch: GWUP Blog,
Ratgeber News Blog,
|Early Astronomer Described Coriolis Effect Centuries Before Coriolis - it
appears in an ancient astronomical text published 200 years before Coriolis did his work.
|The Pioneer lunar orbiters by A. LePage - seven out of eight of America's
first probes to the Moon launched between August 1958 and the end of 1960 were failures.
||The Space Review
|Adriaan Blaauw, 1914-2010 - Dutch astronomer instrumental in the founding of ESO has passed away.
|BRIAN MARSDEN (1937 Aug. 5-2010 Nov. 18) by G. Williams (actually
written by Marsden himself!) -
one the last great 'classical' astronomers (and long-time director of the
CBAT) is gone.
Mike Browns Planets,
New York Times,
New Sci. Blog,
|Tribute to a Pioneering Cosmologist by. K. Beatty - Allan Sandage died on November 13th,
succumbing to pancreatic cancer at age 84: We lost one of the true giants of observational astronomy.
||Sky & Tel.
Auch: Carnegie Obit.;
Lynden-Bell & Schweizer, Preprint, Tamman & Reindl,
Tammann, Nature 468 [16 Dec 2010] 898
|Joseph Gavin obituary by R. Turnill - aerospace engineer behind the creation of the first
manned craft to land on the moon.
|Ancient astronomy: Mechanical inspiration by J. Marchant - the ancient Greeks' vision
of a geometrical Universe may have come from an ancient mechanism.
the Heavens (more);
|100 Years of Citizen Science by M. Simonsen - the AAVSO turns 100 next October.
|Did Life First Come To This Earth In A Meteor - a story from 100 years ago!
|Happy 40th Birthday, Lunokhod! Lunokhod 1, initially slated for a mission of just under 90
days, lasted 11 months, traveled over 10 kilometers and took over 20,000 images and over 200 panoramas.
||Roscosmos Press Release.
Tages, All in the Gutter
|Professor Paul Kintner dies of cancer at age 64 - an internationally recognized
authority on the interaction of radio signals, both natural and man-made, with space environments.
|Giovanni Battista Riccioli's Seventy-Seven Arguments Against the Motion of the Earth by
C. Graney - an English rendition of Almagestum Novum Part II, Book 9, Section 4, Chapter 34, Pages 472-7.
|Pa. man hopes to sell his NASA module by J. Etzel - the inside "has nothing in there,
except rivets and steel," because the Apollo module was used only for training exercises.
|Tests begin on the body of Tycho Brahe by J. Dacey - scientists from Denmark have until
Friday to examine the remains of Tycho Brahe, before the famous astronomer is reburied.
||Physics World. Later:
New York Times
|Spectroscopy in 1881 by J. Voisey - an interesting snapshot at a developing era in
|Scientists exhume Danish astronomer's remains - a team of scientists was opening the tomb
in an effort to shed light on his sudden and mysterious death.
|About the BAA: Historical Section by S. Owens - now with a newsletter
(1st issue, 5 pg.)!
|Saturn Then and Now: 30 Years Since Voyager Visit by J.-C. Cook -
the Voyager close encounters with Saturn occurred on Nov. 12, 1980, for Voyager 1,
and Aug. 25, 1981, for Voyager 2.
Auch: old Bulletins
|Indigenous Astronomies and Progress in Modern Astronomy by C. Ruggles - a cautionary
tale also for historians of astronomy!
|Next post Birthplace of Modern Astronomy Faces Uncertain Future by L. Grossman -
Only a handful of researchers remain, and many don't stay year-round at Yerkes Observatory.
|Nebra sky disk discarded because of volcanic ash, scientists say - a
catastrophic volcanic eruption spewing huge clouds of ash was behind the burial of the Nebra sky disk,
Times. Auch: ZEIT zur Farbe
|Russia marks 50 years since space launch disaster - the Nedelin disaster when
126 people were burned alive during a launch pad accident at the Baikonur cosmodrome on October 24, 1960.
Asia Newswire, Eureka
|What Columbus Already Knew by R. Krulwich - ordinary folks in the 13th century, sailors for example,
assumed the Earth was spherical.
|A Revised Historical Light Curve of Eta Carinae and the Timing of Close Periastron Encounters
by N. Smith & D. Frew - newly uncovered historical estimates of the visual brightness of eta Car during its eruption included.
|The beginnings of planetary exploration by A. LePage - events starting 52 years ago.
||The Space Review
|Two hundred years of galactic studies in Tartu Observatory by J. Einasto -
galactic studies have been one of the main topics of studies in Tartu over its whole history.
|Ancient Observatory Unearthed in Iran, used by Iran's renowned astronomer Khaje Nasireddin
Tousi in Alamut Castle.
|Former astronaut hangout destroyed in fire by R. Pearlman - the former
which for over two decades served as a popular astronaut hangout in Texas.
Auch: Galveston Daily News
|Comets in Australian Aboriginal Astronomy by D. Hamacher & R. Norris -
25 accounts of comets from 40 Australian Aboriginal communities.
||Preprint. Also one on
the Great Eruption of Eta Carinae
|Ruth.s Reviews: God's Philosophers - James Hannam by R. Francis - review of a book
on "how the medieval world laid the foundations of modern science."
|Where the pictures came from - science books that were printed in the 16th and 17th
centuries have lavish and impressive illustrations.
|Inside The Soviet's Secret Failed Moon Program by M. Hardigree - rare photos from
a lab inside the Moscow Aviation Institute show a junkyard of rarely-seen spacecraft.
|In Memoriam: Frank Stadermann and Audouin Dollfus by S. Mackwell - we share the
news of the passing of two our esteemed colleagues.
||Planetary Policy. Zu Dollfus auch
Air & Space
|Accomplished CfA Astronomer John Huchra Dies October 8 at the age of 61 - he was
perhaps best known for his leadership, with Margaret Geller, of the CfA Redshift Survey, a
pioneering effort to map the large-scale structure of the universe.
||CfA Press Release. Auch
New York Times,
|Maurice Allais, Nobel Winner, Dies at 99 by D. Martin - the one with the crazy gravity
experiments during solar eclipses (and also economics Nobel laureate).
||New York Times
|Sputnik Crashed Here - namely Sputnik IV, at 610 N. Eighth St, Manitowoc, WI ...
|Arabic in the Sky by R. Lebling - star names of Arabic origin.
||Saudi Aramco World
|Visual Chronology of Cosmologies (Part 1) by J. Ptak - tons of pictures ...
|Australian Aboriginal Geomythology: Eyewitness Accounts of Cosmic Impacts? by D.
Hamacher & R. Norris - there is currently no physical evidence connecting these accounts to impact events currently known.
|The ICE mission: the first cometary encounter by A. LePage - recycling an existing
spacecraft that has already completed its original mission makes good sense for a number of reasons.
||The Space Review
|Where the Future Began by S. Smith - space history at the Kennedy Space Center.
||Space KSC Blog
|Ancient Greeks spotted Halley's comet by J. Marchant - a celestial event in the
5th century BC could be the earliest documented sighting of Halley's comet.
||New Scientist. Auch:
IO9 zu anderen Sichtungen
|Mars: a world for exploration (1959) - in the January 1959 issue of Astronautics
C. Tombaugh summarized the prevailing view of Mars's surface conditions on the eve of its exploration by spacecraft.
|Las misiones Apolo y la radiacion von D. Martin - warum dieses Argument der Leugner nicht gilt.
|NASA, Internet Archive And Flickr Launch Historic Image Collection with very old stuff.
Auch: PS Blog
|Jupiter's swirling storms from Voyager 1 by E. Lakdawalla - 31 years old pics newly
||Planetary Society Blog. Auch: der
Gish Bar Times,
|Important Astronomer Royal's Collection donated to the Museum by G. Clifton -
it's Nevil Maskelyne's stuff.
|50 anos de Strelka y Belka de D. Marin - los primeros seres vivos que regresaron
con vida del espacio fueron las perritas Belka y Strelka.
Air & Space Blog,
Voice of Russia,
|1st Communication Satellite: A Giant Space Balloon 50 Years Ago by C. Choi - Echo 1,
the world's first communications satellite, was launched on Aug. 12, 1960.
|1969 - Neil Armstrong besucht den Mond und dann Bonn und sogar
||Freie Honnefer. Auch:
|GA-Leser besuchen mit Astronom das Observatorium Hoher List von B. Koehl -
inzwischen ist es ruhig geworden, und an den Fensterrahmen der alten Gebaeude blaettert die Farbe ab.
|The Stories Behind the August Perseids by M. Simonsen - mostly on Swift and Tuttle.
|On the Astronomy Trail in Copenhagen by I. Musgrave - the Rundetaarn.
|Changes in the Cloud Belts of Jupiter, 1630-1664 by C. Graney - as reported
in the 1665 Astronomia Reformata of Giovanni Battista Riccioli.
|Wir muessen mit Neil Armstrong reden von S. Schirrmacher - zum Achtzigsten des Mondbegehers.
|Astronomy & World Heritage Thematic Study released - the UNESCO World Heritage Committee
has, for the first time, endorsed a study in science heritage.
||IAU Press Release. Auch:
|World Heritage Committee inscribes old astronomical observatory Jantar Mantar on World Heritage List.
||IYA Update. Auch:
Our Amazing Planet
|Copernicus reburied by Catholic church by J. Dacey - Nicolaus Copernicus was blessed and
reburied by some of Poland.s highest-ranking clerics, nearly 500 years after he was laid to rest in an unmarked grave.
||Physics World Blog.
Sky & Tel.,
|Der Tag, an dem die Welt durchdrehte von S. Grothe - als vor 100 Jahren der Halleysche
Komet erschien, geriet die Welt auch ohne Einschlag aus den Fugen.
Tages. Auch: ZEIT,
Blanco County News
|Foucault's pendulum is sent crashing to Earth - the original pendulum used by French scientist
Leon Foucault has been irreparably damaged in an accident in Paris.
Higher Eductation. Auch:
|New Museum Galileo to open to the public in June in Florence - it's the famous
IMSS under a new name.
||Beyond IYA Update. Auch:
|JCU researcher seeks inspiration in the stars - a PhD student has translated "The
Book of the Fixed Stars" by Abdul-Rahman al-Sufi.
||James Cook University Press Release
|Chariot of the Sun by M. Rundkvist - the first sun-chariot carving on Sweden's east coast.
|Archaeoastronomie, die Archaeologie des Himmels - grosses Artikelpaket mit systematischer
|Riccioli Measures the Stars by C. Graney - observations of the telescopic disks
of stars as evidence against Copernicus and Galileo in the middle of the 17th century.
|Hubble Space Telescope: 20 Years of Cosmic Awe by C. Choi - it may have been the most
influential telescope since Galileo peered at the night sky with one four centuries ago.
|Apollo 13: Nasa's finest hour? By P. Ghosh - the story of Apollo 13 deserves to be part
of humanity's mythology to guide future generations.
ueber Teleskopbeobachtjngen, eine ATK simulation
of what could have happened und
|NASA And NOAA Mark 50 Years Of Weather Watching From Space - on April 1, 1960,
the world's first weather satellite Tiros 1 lifted off.
Auch: Das 1. Bild;
New York Times
(vor 10 Jahren)
|Why Do People Persist in Denying the Moon Landings? By R. Launius - perhaps this situation
should not surprise us. A lot of other truly weird beliefs exist in society.
||Air & Space
|On the telescopic disks of stars by C. Graney & T. Grayson - a review and
analysis of stellar observations from the early 17th through the middle 19th centuries.
|Als der Mondmann nach Oberhausen kam von D. Fischer - Alan Bean berichtet im
Gasometer von Apollo 12.
|Three editions of the Star Catalogue of Tycho Brahe by F. Verbunt & R. van Gent -
we provide machine-readable versions of the three versions and discuss their accuracy on the basis of
comparison with modern data.
||Preprint. Also one on the
Catalogue of Hevelius
|NASA photographer Bill Taub dies at 86 by E. Brown - Taub took nearly every official picture of
the astronauts and played a central role in shaping public perception of NASA's work.
|Vor genau 400 Jahren: Galilei geht zur Post ... von D. Fischer - der Sidereus Nuncius ist fertig!
|Reaching for the Stars When Space Was a Thrill von D. Overbye - ueber das Buch
Another Science Fiction: Advertising the Space Race 1957-1962.
||New York Times
|Total Eclipse of the Sun, 40 Years Ago on 7 March 1970 - a short video clip.
News Blog. Auch: SoFi.org
|Galileo backed Copernicus despite data by K. Sanderson - stars viewed through early
telescopes suggested that Earth stood still.
||Nature News 2010.105
(5 March 2010)
|Astronomical Tales to be Told! There are SO many stories about the birth and
history of radio astronomy that have not made their way to the public.
|The Extraterrestrial Life debate in different cultures by J. Schneider -
the question "Is there Life in the Universe outside Earth?" has been raised almost only in the western literature.
|W. E. Gordon, Creator of Link to Deep Space, Dies at 92 by D. Martin - he was the
electrical engineer who conceived, designed, built and operated the world's largest radio telescope at Arecibo.
||New York Times
|Famed space artist Robert McCall, 90, dies by R. Pearlman - an artist whose visions of
space exploration have graced U.S. postage stamps, NASA mission patches, and the walls of the Smithsonian.
UA Release, NSS Blog,
New York Times,
Space Tweep Society,
Plan. Soc. Blog
|Soviet space secrets for sale by J. Wells - eclassified, decommissioned, the Soviet Union's
space heritage is on the market in T.O.
|That's no moon, it's a space station... Eisenhower was briefed in 1960 that Phobos
could be a space station launched by an advanced Martian civilization.
||Mars Express Phobos 2010 Fly-By Blog.
|Element 112 is Named Copernicium - the name proposed by the GSI lies within the long
tradition of naming elements to honor famous scientists.
||IUPAC Release. Auch:
Geographic Blog, New Scientist
|NASA's Jesco on his 1st day on job in space Capitol of world - seltenes Foto aus
einem Vortrag von Puttkamers fuer die Int'l Space University.
|The Uncredited Discoverer of Cosmic Rays - a new translation of the work of an
obscure Italian scientist indicates that Hess wasn't alone in this discovery.
||physics arXiv blog. Auch: ein
Paper mit der ganzen Geschichte
|Fuehrung, Universitaetssternwarte Wien - sie kann mit einer mehr als
geballten Ladung historischer Inhalte aufwarten.
|Twenty years since Voyager's last view by E. Lakdawalla & C. Anderson - Feb. 14 comes the
20th anniversary of an iconic image from the Voyager mission, the "Pale Blue Dot" photo of Earth caught in a sunbeam.
||Planetary Society Blog. Auch:
|Stonehenge visitor centre criticised by Government design watchdog by A. Laing -
the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) said the "architectural approach" was wrong.
|Only amateur video of Challenger disaster surfaces 24 years later - Moss gave the
tape to an educational organization a week before his death in December.
the video itself;
|In the Afterglow Of the Big Bang by Y. Bhattacharjee - the life of R. Sunyaev (and Y.
||Science 327 [1 Jan. 2010] 26-29
|Friedrich Wilhelm August Argelander by M. Simonsen - Argelander is a giant in astronomical
history. I mean, Come on, the guy has four names!
Days of Astronomy = Simostronomy
|Archaeoastronomy: reconnecting to reality by N. Patat - my attitude to measure things
immediately generated the question about the accuracy of alignments.
|California lists moon junk as historical resource by S. Gorman - the first such
designation for cultural artifacts located other than on Earth.
Policy Online, Spiegel
|Geoffrey Burbidge is dead, was first a star, then a maverick cosmologist.
Also UCSD Release,
|Popular astronomy now online by H. Edser - have you ever wondered how 18th-
and 19th-century scientists explained the universe?
Blog; the collection
|Caltech Mourns the Passing of Andrew Lange - he is perhaps best known
for co-leading the BOOMERanG experiment.
||Caltech Release. Auch:
|Yuri Gagarin death mystery solved after 40 years by A. Osborn - a study claims it
was caused by his panicked reaction after realising an air vent in his cockpit was open.
Auch Novosti zur Popularitaet Gagarins
|Searching for Moon Rocks Here on Earth by N. Atkinson - alarmingly, some of our Moon rocks are missing!
|The 400th Anniversary of Galileo's Discovery of the Galilean Moons - a series
by J. Perry.
Bar Times (links to series). Also: JPL,
|Flashback: Remembering the Great Comet of 1910 by D. Dickinson - it became
known as the Great January Comet or Daylight Comet of 1910.
Also: Sky & Telescope
|JPL Mourns Passing of Former Director Lew Allen Jr. - he led the laboratory from 1982 till 1990.