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Am Abend des 12. November 1971, kurz bevor die Marssonde Mariner 9 in das Orbit des Planeten eintrat, fanden sich Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Walter Sullivan, Bruce Murray, und Carl Sagan zu einem Synopsium zusammen. Bradbury las dabei sein Gedicht “If Only We Had Taller Been” vor. Gänsehaut.

Ich muss mir das heute ins Blog kleben: Dragon dockte heute als erste private Raumkapsel der Firma SpaceX an der ISS an. Big. Fucking. Deal. Und das auf den Tag genau 35 Jahre nach Star Wars. Science Boner! Details via Wired.

Richard Dawkins in conversation with Neil deGrasse Tyson about the big questions of science, including how our minds evolved to handle abstraction, whether we’ll discover intelligent life in the universe, how consciousness works, and why The Blob is a much better alien than ET.

(Ich mag es, wie Sagan “humans” ausspricht. Hoomans.)

Heute vor genau 100 Jahren sank die Titantic. Nun gibt es dank National Geographic eine neue, interessante Animation vom Untergang der Titanic nach dem heutigen Stand. Kommentar kommt von niemand geringem als James Cameron, der sich aber, wie es scheint, ein wenig zu viel mit der Materie auseinander gesetzt hat und den emotionalen Abstand verloren hat. Badabing badaboom!

“Die meisten Menschen sehen da am Himmel nur einen schönen Schweif und wünschen sich etwas. Der Einweihte weiß: Dort draußen lauert das Unheil.”

They can be mean and nasty, and they can mess up our planet big time.

They are near-Earth objects, dubbed NEOs, celestial flotsam such as asteroids or comets that can, and have, scored direct hits on our humble home planet.

A new international consortium has been launched to address the impact threat to Earth, but, more pointedly, to organize, prepare and implement mitigation measures.

Called NEOShield, the European Commission is providing a significant amount of euros to support the initiative. The undertaking consists of research institutes, universities and industrial partners in Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Spain, as well as in the U.S. and Russia. via Space.com

Es ist eine glorreiche Woche für extravagante, die Tiefsee erkundende, Millionäre. Nach James Camerons Tauchgang im Marianengraben hat nun JEff Bezos, Chef von Amazon, die Rakete auf dem Meeresboden ausfindig gemacht, die Apollo 11 am 16. Juli 1969 ins Weltall beförderte. Sie soll wahrscheinlich gehoben werden, gehört jedoch so oder so der NASA. Dass diese, sofern die Verfassung der Raketen es noch mitmacht, ins Smithsonian kommen werden, gilt als ziemlich wahrscheinlich. So mag ich mir meine Millionäre. Hier Bezos Blogeintrag:

Millions of people were inspired by the Apollo Program. I was five years old when I watched Apollo 11 unfold on television, and without any doubt it was a big contributor to my passions for science, engineering, and exploration. A year or so ago, I started to wonder, with the right team of undersea pros, could we find and potentially recover the F-1 engines that started mankind’s mission to the moon?

I’m excited to report that, using state-of-the-art deep sea sonar, the team has found the Apollo 11 engines lying 14,000 feet below the surface, and we’re making plans to attempt to raise one or more of them from the ocean floor. We don’t know yet what condition these engines might be in – they hit the ocean at high velocity and have been in salt water for more than 40 years. On the other hand, they’re made of tough stuff, so we’ll see.

Though they’ve been on the ocean floor for a long time, the engines remain the property of NASA. If we are able to recover one of these F-1 engines that started mankind on its first journey to another heavenly body, I imagine that NASA would decide to make it available to the Smithsonian for all to see. If we’re able to raise more than one engine, I’ve asked NASA if they would consider making it available to the excellent Museum of Flight here in Seattle. (For clarity, I’ll point out that no public funding will be used to attempt to raise the engines, as it’s being undertaken privately.)

NASA is one of the few institutions I know that can inspire five-year-olds. It sure inspired me, and with this endeavor, maybe we can inspire a few more youth to invent and explore.

We’ll keep you posted.

Sincerely,

Jeff Bezos