Category Archives: Space and Astronomy

See NASA scientist and geologist Dr. Farouk El-Baz, 2018 the Inamori Ethics Prize.


NASA scientist and geologist Dr. Farouk El-Baz will receive the 2018 the Inamori Ethics Prize at the Maltz Preforming Arts center located at the edge of the Case Western Reserve University campus. The event is free, but registration is requested.

They say:

Each year the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence gathers the community to honor an international exemplar of ethical leadership with the Inamori Ethics Prize. Case Western Reserve will present the 2018 Inamori Ethics Prize to NASA scientist and geologist Dr. Farouk El-Baz, during Inamori Center events on the Case Western Reserve campus, September 13-14, 2018.

Inamori Ethics Prize Ceremony and Recipient Lecture by Dr. Farouk El-Baz
Thursday, September 13 – 6:00 p.m.

Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at The Temple-Tifereth Israel at Case Western Reserve University, 1855 Ansel Road, Cleveland, Ohio
Free and open to the public. Online registration requested.

July 20, 1969 – ABC Covers Moon Landing with SciFi Authors.


As part of the coverage by the American Broadcasting Network (ABC) of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, a panel of science fiction writers led by Rod Serling and including Isaac Asimov, Frederik Pohl, and John R. Pierce discuss the accuracy of their own lunar landing predictions. Asimov muses on science fiction topics “beyond the moon.” From the ABC News compilation: Apollo 11: As it Happened.




This weekend! – John Glenn Astronomy Park opens

25348516_173545810047018_3298056057539484136_nThe new John Glenn Astronomy Park opens Thursday June 21 at 6:30 pm with events going on until 12 am. They are located at : The John Glenn Astronomy Park 20531 OH-664, 43138, or around 3 to 3.5 hours from Cleveland.

They say:

The John Glenn Astronomy Park will be conducting its official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on the evening of the Summer Solstice. Please join us to celebrate our opening!

If the skies are clear, we will watch the sun set through the summer solstice gap in our Plaza. We will then turn our telescopes towards the moon and Jupiter, which will be high in the southern sky that night.

All weekend, June 22 and 23rd, there will be opening activities without all the ribbon cutting and speechmaking.

For more details, check their facebook page.

Happy Birthday Object D


Conceived as the first Soviet space probe, Object D was bumped by the less ambitious Sputnik in a bid to beat the Americans. It worked. They won. Object D finally flew as  Sputnik 3 on May 15, 1958. has a great little article about this early space explorer:

The Object D was conceived as a multi-functional science laboratory with an ambitious array of instruments onboard. It was expected to measure the density and ion composition of the Earth’s atmosphere and its magnetic field, and to study solar radiation and cosmic rays. The first satellite also promised a wealth of engineering data, which could later help in the development of attitude- and thermal control systems for future spacecraft, as well as information on the interaction of satellites with the upper atmosphere.