Mars Rover Descent Video

Mars Rover Descent Video

Yay, Captain Kirk is back on deck! NASA has teamed up with good old Captain Kirk (William Shatner) to narrate the Mars Rover descent video. On a second video they have Wesley Crusher (Wil Wheaton) from Star Trek Next Generation narrating. That covers off the various generations, I think. They have truly upped the ante on the Mars Mission publicity machine. The visuals are great and the soundtrack […] Read more »

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Long Lasting Moon Flags!

Wow, this is something else. Long lasting takes on a whole new meaning with the news that all but one Lunar Assembly Flag have survived 40+ years on the moon! Now that’s a quality product! So many products these days are built to not last… There were six landing sites. These Lunar Assembly Flags were especially designed for the job. The flags were a big deal. At […] Read more »

About Blue Moons

About Blue Moons

Pop quiz. What tune are we going to be playing in August/September in Astronomy land? “Blue Moon” of course! Can’t you just hear Ella Fitzgerald’s dulcet tones? So what’s the story about blue moons? Why is the second full moon of the month referred to as “blue”? Does the moon really turn blue? Rarely apparently. Only with forest fires or volcanic eruptions. I’ll let Borgna Brunner […] Read more »

Hats off to Sally Ride

Hats off to Sally Ride

It’s almost a week since Dr Sally Ride passed on. Tributes continue as her colleagues and regular people like you and me weigh in on how she influenced our perception of what is possible. I was a teenager when she flew into the history books on the STS-7 mission on the shuttle Challenger. It opened my eyes to a whole world of possibility. From that […] Read more »

Start the stargazing journey

Start the Stargazing Journey

Welcome to stargazingnews.com. As I start the stargazing journey, I look to others who have gone before me  to guide me and give me a roadmap (that is starmap :)) that will take me from novice to fully fledged astronomy anorak. I already have tidbits of knowledge from my Mother who would point to the night sky. “Look”, she would say, “there’s the Big Dipper” […] Read more »