Fat Fish Talks
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Half a Pound of History
The OSIRIS-REx sample capsule successfully delivered the promised rubble from space and the asteroid Bennu into the desert in the middle of nowhere in Utah on Sunday Sept 24, 2023.
The reentry fall from space from 27,000 mph to 10 mph was a bit dramatic. No one could tell by visual observation during the reentry whether or not the drogue chute deployed up…Read more
The NASA Lucy Eyes a Target in the Black
The NASA Lucy mission is a 12-year voyage to fly by and investigate a number of Trojan asteroids out beyond 2 AU. The spacecraft’s first testing target is the relatively small ½ mile main belt asteroid named Dinkinesh.
Observations made by Lucy’s high-resolution camera, the L’LORRI instrument (Lucy LOng…Read more
The Search for Water and Rocks
NASA and JPL announced a few important asteroid mission details in mid-July. More on those in a bit. These details got shallowed up by the hype for 50-year Moon landing, the second manned Artemis mission, and even a “surprise” Russian Moon lander mission.
The Russian lunar lander mission tanked. The craft maybe made another small crater on the Moon. The mission loss reminds us that getting…Read more
How the WOS Came to Be
I started the Weight of Space sometime shortly after the 2008 financial crisis that changed my life forever. What began as regular daily practice writing fiction dialog, inhaled the theme of our human responses to the unexpected circumstances that God throws at us.
Life is full of Black Swans. I’m a fan of Nassim Nicholas Taleb. None of us want to believe…Read more
Microgravity Matters and Near Earth Objects
When I was a child, I earned candy money from my father in a unique way. Candy talk somehow seems appropriate in this post-election week where the eye candy and repetitive brand pitches are inescapable. “Watch the shiny object” is an ever-present political rant. These days we could all live well if we were simply paid a prorated rate to endure the current steady state of political…Read more