Archives: space

We talk a good game, but…

January 23, 2014 | By exurbankevin | 1 Comment | Filed in: Current Events, Democrats, Economics, GOP, Kevin, Military, Money, politcs, Politics, space.

… I’m afraid Chuck Schumer might be on to something here.  Schumer will argue that Democrats must defend popular government programs such as extended unemployment benefits and student loan subsidies to persuade Tea Party voters that they can benefit from federal programs. “The average Tea Party member, like the average American, likes government run Medicare, • Read More »

The place where time was invented.

August 9, 2013 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on The place where time was invented. | Filed in: beer, History, Humor, International, Kevin, Science, space, Technology.

Archeologists in Scotland have found a lunar calendar that predates Stonehenge by thousands of years.  A team from the University of Birmingham recently announced an astronomical discovery in Scotland marking the beginnings of recorded time. Announced last month in the Journal of Internet Archaeology, the Mesolithic monument consists of a series of pits near Aberdeenshire, Scotland. • Read More »

It’s raining soup out there

December 19, 2011 | By admindude | Comments Off on It’s raining soup out there | Filed in: Kevin, space, Technology, transportation.

All we need to eat is a bucket and the will to go outside. Jerry Pornelle’s “A Step Farther Out” shaped a lot of my worldview growing up. Not only did he nail what a world with DARPANET/Internet would look like, but he elquonetly and definitely laid out the case that the future of the • Read More »

A focus group of one

July 27, 2009 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on A focus group of one | Filed in: Humor, Kevin, space, Television.

A space adventure from the producers of Grey’s Anatomy that stars Ron Livingstone? If the ravishing Mrs. ExKev were to create a TV show from scratch, it’d look something like that. My perfect show would be something more like Flashpoint mixed with Mythbusters mixed with The Best Defense. With swords. And horses. And Salma Hayek.

An unsurpassed leap

July 20, 2009 | By exurbankevin | 2 Comments | Filed in: Kevin, space, Technology.

102:44:23 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.102:44:25 Armstrong : Gonna be right over that crater.102:44:24 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.102:44:26 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.102:44:29 Armstrong: I got a good spot .102:44:31 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.102:44:33 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You’re looking good.102:44:40 Aldrin: 120 feet.102:44:45 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 • Read More »

One giant leap

July 16, 2009 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on One giant leap | Filed in: Kevin, space, Technology.

“We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we • Read More »

Saturday Movie Blogging – Apollo 13

July 4, 2009 | By exurbankevin | 2 Comments | Filed in: Kevin, Movies, space.

America at it’s best: Doing things that no other country in the world could do and overcoming any and all obstacles in the way. Happy Fourth. P.S. When I grow up, I want to be just like Gene Krantz. Without the vests, of course.

P*ssing Match

March 31, 2009 | By exurbankevin | 1 Comment | Filed in: Kevin, space, Technology.

The International Space Station gets it’s own version of Jim Crow laws. Space officials from Russia, the United States and other countries required cosmonauts and astronauts to eat their own food and follow stringent rules on access to other facilities, including lavatories. The arguments date back to 2003, when Russia started charging other space agencies • Read More »

Raise shields, Mr. Chekov

November 4, 2008 | By admindude | Comments Off on Raise shields, Mr. Chekov | Filed in: Kevin, Science, space, Technology.

Shields raised, Keptin. We got the lasers, now it’s time to work on the photon torpedoes and warp drive. Oh, and the transporter as well, ’cause I hate my commute to work.

And to put it all in perspective,

July 18, 2008 | By admindude | Comments Off on And to put it all in perspective, | Filed in: Kevin, Science, space.

The Moon transiting Earth, as seen from 31 million miles away. Why, yes, I do feel a little insignificant, now that you mention it…

This can’t end well

July 1, 2008 | By admindude | Comments Off on This can’t end well | Filed in: Humor, Kevin, space.

Sigourney Weaver wants a ride into space on Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic spaceliner when it starts commercial spaceflights sometime in the next few years. We all know where this is headed: Four out of the five times Sigourney’s been in space, it ends up like this.

Oh you have made me VERY angry

May 27, 2008 | By admindude | Comments Off on Oh you have made me VERY angry | Filed in: Humor, Kevin, Science, space, Technology.

Can’t say I blame him. I’d be ticked off as well if strange objects from another planet kept landing in my backyard. I wonder if he buys coffee from Starbucks…

Mission accomplished.

May 27, 2008 | By admindude | Comments Off on Mission accomplished. | Filed in: Humor, Jon, Science, space, Technology.

Over the weekend, the Phoenix Mars Lander successfully set down in the polar region of the red planet. The goal of the mission is to retrieve and analyze samples of Martian soil and ice to determine if they could support life. If the probe’s first photo is any indication, we might be on the cusp • Read More »

A time for joy, a time for sorrow

February 1, 2008 | By admindude | 3 Comments | Filed in: Kevin, space, Technology.

50 years ago yesterday, the U.S. entered the space race with the successful launch of Explorer 1. 5 years ago today, the crew of the Columbia died as their shuttle disintegrated on re-entry. Here’s to another 50+ years of men and women who are willing to risk everything in order to boldly go where no • Read More »

Letter to Beijing.

November 27, 2007 | By admindude | Comments Off on Letter to Beijing. | Filed in: Jon, space.

Dear China, Been there. Done that. Sincerely, America

Oh, for crying out loud!

November 3, 2007 | By exurbankevin | 4 Comments | Filed in: Environment, Kevin, space, Technology.

It’s a ROCK. A big, hulking, lifeless chunk of rock with no more “environment” than downtown Ajo. We don’t need to concern ourselves about bespoiling the environment on the Moon because there’s no environment there to despoil! The benefits that He3 fusion power will bring to the Earth, (where, even in Ajo, there’s actual plants • Read More »

Quote of the Day, 10/23.

October 23, 2007 | By admindude | Comments Off on Quote of the Day, 10/23. | Filed in: Canada, Humor, Jon, Quotes, space.

“Stupid Canucks. You let them build a robot arm for one shuttle and suddenly they all they’re all space explorers.” — Frank J. of IMAO.us on the Canadian space claims that Mars might have water. What with the massive ice caps and all. Thanks, Galileo. (Good thing you left that place, ExKv! )

Buddy, can you spare 4 million?

August 14, 2007 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Buddy, can you spare 4 million? | Filed in: Kevin, space.

For someone like me who grew up with Apollo, Skylab, Mir and the ISS, $4 million seems like a small price to pay for a three-night stay in a space hotel. If I could, I would, and I’d go in a heartbeat.

A day late,

July 21, 2007 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on A day late, | Filed in: Kevin, space.

for the anniversary of the first moon landing, but still utterly cool. Panoramic VR’s from the Apollo Missions (QuickTime req’d).

Lord, guard and guide the men who fly

May 4, 2007 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Lord, guard and guide the men who fly | Filed in: History, Kevin, Military, Movies, space.

Through the great spaces in the sky. Be with them always in the air, In darkening storms or sunlight fair; Oh, hear us when we lift our prayer, For those in peril in the air! – Eternal Father, Strong To Save, aka “The Navy Hymn“ Goodbye, Wally Schirra.