R.I.P. Eugene Cernan

And another American hero leaves. The last man to set foot on the Moon. We have now lost the first and last of these men. There are now only six men left alive who have walked on another celestial object, all of them now in their 80’s. Why do these pioneers of the future feel like relics from the past? Why do we not go back to the Moon, and on to Mars? Where are the new heroes?

I sure will miss them.

Lots of Physics News

Weird…
Researchers orbit a muon around an atom, confirm physics is broken

Why is it not being built here!?! Hopefully someday we will invest more into fusion research.
Countries around the world are pouring billions of dollars into France’s revolutionary nuclear fusion reactor

More on the Em Drive
NASA’s Physics-Defying EM Drive Passes Peer Review

Aliens? The “megastructure” hypothesis still lives.
Scientists Are Now Even More Confused By Potential “Alien Superstructure”

Upcoming Film

I think the rash of NASA and space related films the last few years may come from a longing in this country for a time when, as a nation, we had higher priorities. The American Space program was, in my opinion, one of our country’s finest moments, and I’m thrilled we are finally getting around to telling stories like this.”Hidden Figures” tells the story of three African American mathematicians and scientists who worked in the space program. And particularly the story of Katherine Johnson the physicist who calculated flight trajectories for the Mercury program. I love stories of people who helped build something greater than themselves.

Mercury’s Transit of the Sun 2016

Well, we didn’t get a good view of Mercury last Monday, but NASA did…

Around 13 times per century, Mercury passes between Earth and the sun in a rare astronomical event known as a planetary transit. The 2016 Mercury transit occurred on May 9, between roughly 7:12 a.m. and 2:42 p.m. EDT.

What a Ride!

On November 6th, 2015 UP Aerospace Inc. launched the 20-foot (6 meter) tall SL-10 rocket into near-space. The mission: deploy the Maraia Capsule testing the aerodynamics and stability of the payload on re-entry to the atmosphere. The rocket reached an altitude of 396,000ft (120,700 meters) and speeds up to Mach 5.5 (3800mph or 6115km/h) at engine burnout.