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Lunar water could be used for drinking or its components – hydrogen and oxygen – could be used to manufacture important products on the surface that future visitors to the moon will need, like rocket fuel and breathable air. Photo Credit: NASA
Pockets of Knowledge

Twenty years ago, Doring Kindersley Publishing–the UK book company famous for the large “DK” logo on its lower spine and its floating art design–announced a new series of reference guides called DK Pockets.

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Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon during the historic Apollo 11 space mission in July 1969, served for seven years as a research pilot at the NACA-NASA High-Speed Flight Station, now the Armstrong Flight Research Center, at Edwards, California, before he entered the space program. Armstrong is pictured here on an early simulator, dated October 8, 1956. Photo Credit: NASA
Game On For Knowledge

In the movie Edge of Tomorrow, Tom Cruise’s character is stuck in a time loop, which—after his violent death by earth-ravaging aliens—returns him to yesterday only to fight another day until he dies again.

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The United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket, with NASA’s Orion spacecraft mounted atop, lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 37 at at 7:05 a.m. EST, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in Florida. The Orion spacecraft will orbit Earth twice, reaching an altitude of approximately 3,600 miles above Earth before landing in the Pacific Ocean. No one is aboard Orion for this flight test, but the spacecraft is designed to allow us to journey to destinations never before visited by humans, including an asteroid and Mars. Photo Credit: NASA
The First Steps to Innovation

This month, Esquire—the octogenarian magazine that has spent much of its years reporting on the bar, bedroom, and bathroom—describes a near disaster on the International Space Station (ISS).

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ImageThink created posters to capture presentations and discussions as they occurred live at October’s Knowledge 2020 Conference. This poster captured the “one-armed caveman” who told—with authority--why you should not pull a saber-toothed tiger’s tail. Image Credit: ImageThink
Tale of the Saber-Toothed Tiger

Tom Magliozzi, the elder of “Click and Clack: The Tappet Brothers” of NPR’s Car Talk, recently died, and the Internet has not been consistent with one of his most famous quotes.

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A U.S. Navy frogman, deployed from the hovering helicopter, swims next to the spacecraft and makes contact with Astronaut L. Gordon Cooper inside, as his fellow team members bring up the floatation gear to be attached to the spacecraft. The main chute floats at top left, and the ejected reserve chute floats at the lower right of the spacecraft in the green dye area. Photo Credit: NASA
From Spaceman to Geronimo

The latest hit song by the Counting Crows (after a six-year gap) now rides the airway, and in one line of its Beatlesque word associating imagery, Adam Duritz jubilantly sings a verse, launching with a bracing “Spaceman!” and ending with a crooning “Geronimo!”

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An interior view of the Apollo 13 Lunar Module and the "mailbox." The "mailbox" was a jerry-rigged arrangement which the Apollo 13 astronauts built to use the Command Module lithium hydroxide canisters to purge carbon dioxide from the Lunar Module. Lithium hydroxide is used to scrub CO2 from the spacecraft atmosphere. Since there was a limited amount of lithium hydroxide in the Lunar Module, this arrangement was rigged up using the canisters from the Command Module. The "mailbox" was designed and tested on the ground at the Manned Spacecraft Center before it was suggested to the problem-plagued Apollo 13 crewmen. Because of the explosion of an oxygen tank in the Service Module, the three astronauts had to use the Lunar Module as a "lifeboat." Photp Credit: NASA
Thinking Like a Five-Year-Old

There are actually several Tom and Jerry cartoons in which Jerry (the mouse) rescues a goldfish from Tom (the cat).  Inevitably, in one of these episodes, a fish bowl filled with water descends upon Tom’s head only to encase it.  

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Cassini inserts itself into Saturn’s orbit for a five-month rendezvous. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech, David Seal
Known Things with Feathers for Flight

As school children, one of our earliest lessons in astronomy is this: all of the planets in our solar system—with the notable exception of the Earth—bear the names of Roman gods. 

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The deployment of the flag of the United States on the surface of the moon is captured on film during the first Apollo 11 lunar landing mission. Here, astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, commander, stands on the left at the flag's staff. Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot, is also pictured. The picture was taken from film exposed by the 16mm Data Acquisition Camera (DAC) which was mounted in the Lunar Module (LM). While astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin descended in the Lunar Module (LM) "Eagle" to explore the Sea of Tranquility region of the moon, astronaut Michael Collins, command module pilot, remained with the Command and Service Modules (CSM) "Columbia" in lunar orbit. Photo Credit: NASA
One Giant Leap for Sharing the Wealth of Knowledge

Forty-five years ago this month, we landed a man—actually two—on the moon, and the world raised the bar to success by a skyward leap.

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In the mock-up flight deck of a shuttle trainer, STS-41D rookie astronauts (from left) Judy Resnik, Mike Mullane and Steve Hawley (in back) work with veteran Commander Henry Hartsfield (in foreground). Image credit: NASA
Brave Enough To Do It

In 2006, astronaut Michael Mullane courageously landed on a strange planet called Comedy Central, in the late-night time zone known as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

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