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Before the Drake Equation

Reading Cocconi & Morrison (1959) again, I’m (as always) fascinated to see the seeds of the 1961 Drake Equation in…

Thoughts on SETI jargon

Astronomer Jason Wright submitted an interesting paper about SETI jargon to the recent Decoding Alien Intelligence workshop and has posted a…

Luna 21 and Lunokhod 2 Q&A with Richard Garriott

Alice Gorman and I had a fascinating conversation with Richard Garriott through Twitter last night about his privately-owned moon lander…

2014 space archaeology bibliography

Breeden ‘SETI implications of gravitational assist via chaotic trajectories of binary objects‘ Chen How to Find the Apollo Landing Sites…

Asterix-1

A-1 was the first French satellite, launched on 26 November 1965 from the soon-to-close Hammaguir launch site in Algeria (which…

Cosmos-2222

Cosmos 2222 was launched twenty years ago on 25 November, 1992 from the Plesetsk cosmodrome. The 1900 kilogram US-K model…

Cosmos-312

Cosmos 312 was the fifth of the Soviet Sfera satellites (thus also known as Sfera 5), launched on 24 November…

TIROS-2

On 23 November 1960 the TIROS-2 satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, aboard a Thor-Delta rocket. Also known as…

Skynet 1A

Skynet 1A was the first of the Skynet family of British military communication satellites. The satellite was a 422 kilogram…

Injun 4

The “Injun” satellite series was developed at the University of Iowa by James Van Allen (and his team of “Injuneers”),…

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