Popular Culture

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. […]


Apollo 8: Earthrise

In the beginning God… It’s the afternoon of Christmas Eve, 1968. As Apollo 8 emerges from the far side of the Moon on its fourth orbit, Astronaut William Anders sees something no man before him […]


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. […]


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. […]