Generation Space: An Introduction

We hope you’ll follow us @GenerationSpace and on Facebook and participate in our shared cultural story of growing up in the Space Age. Adapted from the introduction of Generation Space: We have come to understand that those of us born after Sputnik in 1957 and before the first space shuttle mission in 1981 are Generation Space. It’s an alternative way to understand the slice of time into which the two … Continue reading Generation Space: An Introduction

RIP Gene Cernan: In Words & Images

Gene Cernan, the last man to have his boots on the surface of another celestial body, died on Monday, January 16, 2017. NASA summed up Cernan’s career by saying: Cernan, a Captain in the U.S. Navy, left his mark on the history of exploration by flying three times in space, twice to the moon. He also holds the distinction of being the second American to walk in … Continue reading RIP Gene Cernan: In Words & Images

On This Date (or thereabouts)

On this date in 1968, Apollo 8 launched. Last year, we posted five photos in celebration of Apollo 8. See those HERE. In Generation Space: A Love Story, we write: Fifty-five hours into the mission, the crew broadcast images of Earth from space. Anders remarked, “We came all this way to explore the Moon, and the most important thing is that we discovered the Earth.” For the … Continue reading On This Date (or thereabouts)

Werner Herzog

Today, Anna is meeting Werner Herzog during his visit to Chapman University. Here are five reasons that space nerds and science buffs should be interested in Herzog. In the documentary Lo and Behold, he told Elon Musk that he’d be happy to go on a one-way trip to Mars. Musk would prefer to offer round-trips. See the story HERE. At the end of Wild Blue Yonder, Herzog says, … Continue reading Werner Herzog

On This Date: Meteor!

On November 30, 1954, the Hodges Meteorite fell through the roof of a house in Alabama, injuring Ann Hodges. It was the first time an extraterrestrial object had injured a person in the United States, and she remains the only person confirmed to have suffered directly from a meteorite strike. Read more at National Geographic. Four more, jam-packed tidbits about meteors… A meteorite is a … Continue reading On This Date: Meteor!

Blue Origin’s Shepard Rocket: One Year Later

On November 23, 2015, Blue Origin became the first entity to achieve a controlled, vertical landing of a rocket. Its New Shepard, named after the first American in space, flew an unmanned suborbital path just above the Kármán Line to outer space and returned safely. The same rocket made three additional test flights earlier this year: January 2, April 2, and June 19. This schedule demonstrated the … Continue reading Blue Origin’s Shepard Rocket: One Year Later

Guest Blog: Rebecca Green on Deep Space Communication

Rebecca Green is the Assistant to the Dean in Schmid College of Science at Technology at Chapman University, where the Lofty Duo work. We’ve been on task teams with Rebecca and know her to be a space nerd through and through. So we’re happy to share her family vacation story. This summer, I was fortunate enough to include a day trip to the Canberra Deep … Continue reading Guest Blog: Rebecca Green on Deep Space Communication

Star Trek’s Golden Anniversary: Earth Episodes

We’re almost with our Star Trek anniversary celebration (and we’re posting our weekly Wednesday post late for only the second time in six years). So far, we’ve looked at our some of our favorite episodes, a frightening monster or two, and a few highlights for some crew members who weren’t always in the spotlight. While the crew of the Enterprise may have been boldly going … Continue reading Star Trek’s Golden Anniversary: Earth Episodes

Star Trek’s Golden Anniversary: 5 Fave Monsters

We’re continuing to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek all month at Lofty Ambitions. In response to last week’s post of 5 fave episodes, it came through loud-and-clear on social media that a number of folks disagreed with Doug’s list—which is absolutely fine. We weren’t arguing that these were the best Star Trek episodes, simply that they were Doug’s childhood favorites. There are many … Continue reading Star Trek’s Golden Anniversary: 5 Fave Monsters