08 Dec

The Overview Effect and the 40th anniversary of the famous Blue Marble photograph

The Overview Effect is about self-awareness and the realization of who and where we are within the grand scheme of the Universe.

‘On the 40th anniversary of the famous Blue Marble photograph taken of Earth from space, Planetary Collective presents a short film documenting astronauts’ life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside..’

As said by Carl Sagan:

One of the great revelations of space exploration
Is the image of the earth, finite and lonely
Bearing the entire human species
Through the oceans of space and time

We’ve begun at last
To wonder about our origins
Star stuff contemplating the stars
Tracing that long path

Our obligation to survive and flourish
Is owed not just to ourselves
But also to that cosmos
Ancient and vast, from which we spring


17 Oct

The Outpost Tavern is Gone…

The Outpost Tavern

A little corner of our USA Space program history is gone. The Outpost Tavern is gone.

And when I tell you “USA space program history”, you better believe it.

This used to be the place where NASA astronauts and engineers used to hang out. It was a place that when you went inside it was kind of emotional. So much history inside those walls. A very old shack with a lot of history that began in the 1950s with the test-pilots and the early astronauts (the Right Stuff since the days of Mercury & Gemini) and where its the walls honored the many astronauts and others in the space program who contributed throughout the years.

Great hamburgers and beer, place to hang out, celebrate and even brainstorm about missions and software designs…

On the later years I am told the Outpost was not the same as it used to; perhaps a reflection of the current state of the space program… 🙁

There is nothing like contributing to the space program, and nothing like contributing to the manned space program. I hope the USA manned space program continues moving forward. It took 50 years to get to where we are today. It is not as riding a bicycle; can’t scrap it and believe it will all come back easily.

Goodbye Outpost Tavern, it was fun…


I will look for my old photos while in the place and will update this blog if successful…


01 Apr

Witnessing a supernova explosion from start to finish, including the black hole ending

For the first time ever, pictures of a massive star (50-100 times more massive than our own Sun) exploding and becoming a black hole (Science Daily).

Supernova SN 2005gl: explosion from start to finish, including the black hole ending

This is so impressive (and so cool) – you can see the star’s Solar Filaments and Prominences, just as in our own Sun. The star exploding, and most of the material going inward as the star collapses…

Dr. Avishay Gal-Yam of the Weizmann Institute’s Faculty of Physics and Prof. Douglas Leonard of San Diego State University, saw the star before going supernovae, calculated its mass… then were lucky enough to capture the photos (using the Keck Telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii and the Hubble Space Telescope) of the star going supernovae and becoming a black hole.

…only a small part of the star’s mass was flung off in the explosion. Most of the material, says Gal-Yam, was drawn into the collapsing core as its gravitational pull mounted. Indeed, in subsequent telescope images of that section of the sky, the star seems to have disappeared. In other words, the star has now become a black hole – so dense that light can’t escape.

Note that when an exploding star is 20 times the mass of our sun or more, its gravitational pull becomes so great that it wins over the energy of outburst itself (inward energy beats outward energy), resulting in a black hole, with gravity forces so powerful that not even light waves can’t escape – becoming “invisible”.