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Carnival of Space #16 Available

Carnival of Space #16 is now available at Brian Wang’s Advanced Nanotechnology site. Particularly recommended is an essay we also looked at recently here, Alex Bonnici’s discussion of Dandridge Cole and his visionary outlook on using asteroids for the good of mankind. And you’ll also want to read Mark Whittington’s look at what the next fifty years may bring in space travel. If fifty years rings a bell, it may be because you’re thinking of the upcoming anniversary of Sputnik. Let’s hope the next fifty years manage a more consistent pace of development…

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  • ljk September 26, 2008, 20:06

    Next on NOVA: “Sputnik Declassified”


    Tuesday, September 30 at 8 p.m.
    (Check your local listings as dates and times may vary.)

    On October 4, 1957, the Space Age dawned with the red hue of the
    Communist flag when the Soviet Union launched the first artificial
    satellite. Sputnik I stunned the world and spurred a surge in
    science education and innovation that changed our world forever. But
    was Sputnik I really a shock to America’s leaders, and how close was
    the U.S. to getting into space first? In “Sputnik Declassified” NOVA
    draws on previously classified documents to tell the real story
    behind the opening chapter in the space race.

    Here’s what you’ll find on the companion Web site:

    Space Race Time Line
    Examine turning points in the Cold War competition to dominate

    Build a Rocket
    Learn more about how the innovative German V-2 rocket worked by
    assembling it yourself.

    A Tainted Legacy
    How should Wernher von Braun be remembered–as a Nazi engineer
    or a space visionary?

    What Satellites See
    Images from near-Earth orbit can tell us a lot about our world.

    A Blow to the Nation
    The launch of Sputnik came as a shock to Americans long
    accustomed to being number one.

    Also, Links & Books, the Teacher’s Guide, the program transcript,
    and more: