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Reads tagged with “space”

Ordering the Heavens: Hevelius’s Revolutionary 17th-Century Star Catalog and the First Moon Map
Ordering the Heavens: Hevelius’s Revolutionary 17th-Century Star Catalog and the First Moon Map

How a visionary manuscript, completed by the first female astronomer of the Western world, survived three fires to become a beacon of scientific dedication.

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The Universe, “Branes,” and the Science of Multiple Dimensions
The Universe, “Branes,” and the Science of Multiple Dimensions

How a needle, a shower curtain, and a New England clam explain the possibility of parallel universes.

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Blast Off: Visionary Vintage Children’s Book Celebrates Equality, Diversity, and Space Exploration
Blast Off: Visionary Vintage Children’s Book Celebrates Equality, Diversity, and Space Exploration

“The blackness of space was dotted with stars.”

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Astronaut Chris Hadfield on Success and the Meaning of Life
Astronaut Chris Hadfield on Success and the Meaning of Life

“If you view crossing the finish line as the measure of your life, you’re setting yourself up for a personal disaster.”

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December 24, 1968: NASA Simulates Exactly What the Apollo 8 Astronauts Saw When They Took the Iconic Earthrise Photograph
December 24, 1968: NASA Simulates Exactly What the Apollo 8 Astronauts Saw When They Took the Iconic Earthrise Photograph

Cutting-edge technology reveals how one of history’s most important images almost didn’t happen.

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Astronomer Jill Tarter on the Ongoing Search for Extraterrestrial Life and How She Inspired Carl Sagan’s Novel-Turned-Film <em>Contact</em>
Astronomer Jill Tarter on the Ongoing Search for Extraterrestrial Life and How She Inspired Carl Sagan’s Novel-Turned-Film Contact

The importance of playing the long game in life, be it extraterrestrial or earthly.

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Amusingly Cryptic Warning Signs from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Autotuned
Amusingly Cryptic Warning Signs from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Autotuned

A serendipitous adventure in science communication.

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Astronaut Chris Hadfield Covers Bowie’s “Space Oddity” in Space
Astronaut Chris Hadfield Covers Bowie’s “Space Oddity” in Space

“Now it’s time to leave the capsule if you dare…”

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Weight and Weightlessness: The Science of Life in Space, in Charming Vintage Illustrations
Weight and Weightlessness: The Science of Life in Space, in Charming Vintage Illustrations

An impossibly lovely primer on how gravity works and why we don’t fall to the center of the earth daily.

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November 14, 1963: The First-Ever Footage from Space
November 14, 1963: The First-Ever Footage from Space

“Through the magic of the camera, earthlings take their first ride into space.”

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