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NASA

Cassini Fly-By

Regular Readers will know that we’re huge fans of NASA’s remarkable Astronomy Picture of the Day feature (APOD). We encourage anyone interested in astronomy to visit regularly or add it to their RSS feed. And every now and then, the good people at NASA put up something so spectacular that we feel compelled to share […]

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On This Day: Apollo Set in Motion

On this day, fifty-five years ago, US President John F. Kennedy gave a speech to the US congress in which he lit the blue touch paper on the greatest journey the human race has thus far undertaken. I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of […]

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On This Day: Alan Shepard

On this day, fifty-five years ago, Commander (later Rear Admiral) Alan Shepard became the first American in space, when he piloted the Mercury-Redstone 3 mission on a fifteen-minute sub-orbital flight. Although, three weeks earlier, on April 12th, the Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin had become the first human in space (and the first to orbit the […]

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APOD: Pluto Fly Past

We’ve mentioned before how much we love NASA‘s incredible Astronomy Picture of the Day site. It’s one of the first sites we go to every day and it’s always interesting and frequently awe-inspiring. We love the high quality photos from the Hubble Space Telescope, the wide range of images captured by Earth-based observatories and the […]

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On This Day: NASA was Born

On this day in 1958, the creation of the National Aeronautic and Space Administration was authorised by US congress. Eleven years later – almost to the day – they did this:

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Space Probes

Gateway is on record as being an ardent admirer of NASA and its wonderful Astronomy Picture of the Day site. Wanna know why?  Because this:   To boldly go . . .

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Happy Birthday, Rocket Boy!

On this day, in 1943, Homer Hadley Hickam Jr was born. His is probably not a name that will be familiar to a great many of our readers, but we’d argue (politely but firmly) that it should be. Homer H. Hickam, Jr wrote one of the stand-out books of 1998: Rocket Boys. It told the […]

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Space is Really Big

As we’ve noted before in this very blog, we here at SF Gateway are big fans of NASA‘s excellent Astronomy Picture of the Day site. If there’s a better diurnal dose of delight out there on the internets, then we don’t know where it is. We are also – as all right-thinking sentient beings are […]

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In Praise of . . . The Astronomy Picture of the Day

No man is an island, Entire of itself ~John Donne The internet is, among many other things, an ecosystem.  No site exists in isolation; articles are written, responses posted, rebuttals made, points elaborated upon, and so it goes: the endless conversation of the interwebs. About a month ago, now, we posted In Praise of Good […]

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Cover Art for Art’s Sake

Prompted by the awesome On This Day function on the indispensable Encyclopedia of Science Fiction – which tells us that today is Vincent Di Fate’s birthday – we thought it might be nice to pay homage to some of the wonderful cover art that has graced science fiction novels down the years. Of course, SF […]

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Hailing Frequencies Open

This is a follow-up in some ways to the post I wrote on Mars and whether there’s room for inspiration in the cerebral spaces or whether we’ve become culturally dependent upon athletes as role models… Neil deGrasse Tyson may not be a name that’s familiar to you. If it’s not, though, IMHO it should be. […]

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