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Review: Alcohol in Space

Alcohol in Space: Past, Present and Future by Chris Carberry McFarland, 2019 paperback, 217 pp., illus. ISBN 978-1-4766-7924-2 US$29.95 Later this week, Budweiser is going to the International Space Station. Not the beer, mind you, but instead a barley experiment sponsored by the company, part of a set of research payloads on board the latest SpaceX Dragon cargo mission. According ...

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PREVIEW: SpaceX to Launch Next ISS Resupply Wednesday with Dragon CRS-19

Assuming an on-time launch Wednesday, 4 December, the CRS-19 Dragon should arrive at the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday, 7 December. Photo Credit: NASA A brand-new Falcon 9 core (tailnumbered “B1059”) will launch a mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday, 4 December, when the CRS-19 Dragon rises from Earth to begin its multi-day journey to the sprawling orbital ...

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‘To Become More Diverse’: Choosing the Apollo 13 Landing Site, 50 Years On (Part 1)

Apollo 13’s Latin motto of “Ex Luna, Scientia” (“From the Moon, Knowledge”) highlighted this mission as a voyage of exploration and scientific endeavor. Image Credit: NASA Had the cruelty of fate not intervened, 14 sons of Earth—not 12—would have taken the sweeping descent down to the surface of the Moon and left their bootprints in primordial lunar soil. In April ...

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Review: Extraterrestrial Languages

Extraterrestrial Languages by Daniel Oberhaus MIT Press, 2019 hardcover, 264 pp. ISBN 978-0-262-04306-9 US$24.95 Often in science fiction the difficulties of communications between two alien species is minimized: think, for example, of Star Trek’s universal communicator or Han Solo and Greedo speaking in their own languages in the Mos Eisely cantina yet understanding each other (but good luck figuring out ...

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