5 Back-to-School Space Apps, Lessons, etc.

Space Math @NASA An amazing resource for K-12 teachers, NASA has developed all sorts of math problems based on space exploration and ready for implementation in classrooms. Whether you’re looking for a specific topic, like Mars, or a bunch of exercises for 5th-graders, you’ll find it here. Of course, math isn’t the only subject for NASA’s educational materials, so you can search by topic (climate … Continue reading 5 Back-to-School Space Apps, Lessons, etc.

5 Tips from A Writer’s Time

It’s August and we’re back at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, which has us thinking about what we can accomplish as writers this month and this year, if we use our time well. Here are five snippets from A Writer’s Time by Kenneth Atchity. Quick aside: In just the sort of serendipity the Lofty duo likes, Atchity is the president of Atchity Entertainment International, whose clients include Australian millionaire-turned … Continue reading 5 Tips from A Writer’s Time

On This Date: 5 Things

May 25, 1931: Georgy Grechko was born in Leningrad. He grew up to become a cosmonaut who flew on several Soviet missions to space and spent almost a month aboard the Salyut 4 space station in 1975, almost three months aboard Salyut 6 in 1977, and eight days on Salyut 7. May 25, 1961: President John F. Kennedy told a joint session of Congress that the United States … Continue reading On This Date: 5 Things

On Traveling: NASM & Other Serendipity

Last week, we were back at the University of Maryland. We lived in College Park, Maryland, in the early 1990s while Anna was earning her MFA and working at the Entomological Society of America and Doug was working for NASA at the Center for AeroSpace Information as an abstractor and indexer. The University of Maryland and the surrounding communities have changed in twenty years, with … Continue reading On Traveling: NASM & Other Serendipity

JPL & EarthNow (Part 2)

To start with our first post on “JPL & Earth Now,” click HERE. On Monday, November 4th, one of us—Doug—participated in the #EarthNow NASA Social at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, just up the road a bit in Pasadena. We’re huge fans of the NASA Social program, and this was the fourth such event (the others being GRAIL, Dryden, & Dryden Airborne Science) that at least one … Continue reading JPL & EarthNow (Part 2)

Commercial Space Cargo: Videos

If you didn’t read the recent post on Commercial Crew at Space Tech Expo, read that by clicking HERE. SpaceX Dragon launches, docks with the International Space Station, and returns to Earth! Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser arrives at Dryden Flight Research Center for flight testing! What Boeing wants to do in space! The drop test of Boeing’s CST-100! The big dream that Sierra Nevada is chasing! … Continue reading Commercial Space Cargo: Videos

Space Tech Expo: Technology Transfer (1)

Cliff Jolly, President of the Alternative Asset Development Group, called technology transfer—the sharing by NASA of technology that can be used by private companies to develop useful products—“the bread and butter of NASA’s contribution to society. He’s worried that the United States is not in an economic cycle but, rather, what he calls “a secular economic trend” in which job losses aren’t being recovered at … Continue reading Space Tech Expo: Technology Transfer (1)

The Eurythmics, Apollo, the International Space Station, and Landsat

Thirty years ago—on January 21, 1983—The Eurythmics released a single called “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of These).” In that song’s video (see the end of this post), Annie Lennox stands at the end of a long conference table surrounded by empty chairs. On the table sits a globe. Behind her, a screen shows the Apollo 11 launch and then an image of the Earth from … Continue reading The Eurythmics, Apollo, the International Space Station, and Landsat