The Farthest Star

@chucksastrophotography Far­thest star ever seen. #stars #learnon­tik­tok #uni­verse #cos­mos #nasa #hub­ble­spacete­le­scope ♬ orig­i­nal sound — Chuck Ayoub It is fan­tas­tic that the far­thest star detect­ed is so far away: 12.9 bil­lion light years.  As a result, it is not the first star born in the Uni­verse but it does pre­date the Sun by 7.9 billion […]

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Apollo 14

Pho­to by Bri­an McGowan on Unsplash     Did you know that Apol­lo 14 land­ed at the planned land­ing site for Apol­lo 13? The place is called the Fra Mau­ro High­lands. The Apol­lo 14 lan­der, Antares, land­ed at Fra Mau­ro near the Cone crater. Part of the mis­sion required an EVA to the rim of […]

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Science and Technology in Morgan’s Road

Being a sci­en­tist and engi­neer, I enjoy adding as real­is­tic ele­ments as pos­si­ble to my sto­ries.  For exam­ple, I wrote this arti­cle to dis­cuss the sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy that I ref­er­enced in writ­ing the sto­ry Mor­gan’s Road. Sci­ence of Mor­gan’s Road. There are cer­tain­ly some spoil­ers in that arti­cle. If you haven’t read Mor­gan’s Road, […]

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The Science of Golf and Outgassing

Science of Golf and Outgassing

If you haven’t read the sto­ry Golf and Out­gassing, you might want to look at it before check­ing out the arti­cle Sci­ence of Golf and Out­gassing.  I’ve pro­vid­ed a brief descrip­tion of the sci­ence that inspired the sto­ry.  This sto­ry also draws from my per­son­al mem­o­ries of watch­ing the Apol­lo 14 Moon walk.  EVA num­ber two […]

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World Building for Science Fiction

Image by Snap­wire on pex­els I want­ed to share some insight into the world build­ing process that I am using in my sci­ence fic­tion sto­ries. First off, most would call my sci­ence fic­tion as ‘Hard’ sci­ence fic­tion because of my use of sci­en­tif­ic rig­or when devel­op­ing my sto­ries. For myself, it’s part of the reason […]

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It’s All About Power

Image by Pix­abay avail­able on Pex­els Part 3 of World Build­ing for Sci­ence fic­tion In case you’ve missed the pre­vi­ous posts in the thread, Part 1 begins here. The pre­vi­ous post in this thread, Part 2 is here.   The Kar­da­shev scale mea­sures the tech­nol­o­gy of a civ­i­liza­tion.  It express­es the details in one parameter: […]

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It Starts with a Paradox

Part 2 of World Build­ing for Sci­ence Fic­tion Part 2—It starts with a para­dox   Pho­to by Rakice­vic Nenad from Pex­els     The Fer­mi para­dox tries to answer: Where are they (the aliens)? It looks at how fast trav­el is across the galaxy.  It says by infer­ence the time to explore the 100 billion […]

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