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Evidence of Mankind’s Evolving Self-Perception

Despite its often blunt message that man, for all his glory, stands as a tiny grain of sand against the naked might of the universe, science fiction leaves us with a hope that, yes, we can achieve the impossible dream.

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Olbers’ Paradox of Infinite Daylight

But we do have darkness! What gives? Now, old Olbers was certainly not some sort of nineteenth century nut case. Still, he’s have to live another 100 years to find the real answer to his paradox.

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Apollo 14: The Ultimate Sand Trap

Scotland may take credit for inventing the game, but leave it for a witty American to take the sport to its greatest heights – literally!

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Io Erupting (Voyager 1)

We might have discovered this six years earlier if not for a glitch. Of the thousands of commands sent to Pioneer 10 during the 24 days of its Jupiter encounter, only one was lost due to those radiation belts. It could have been one just like this.

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Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868-1921)

Unknown to all at the time, her discovery would forever change our understanding of the universe.

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