NASA http://kmuw.org en Into It: Human Civilization On A Golden Record http://kmuw.org/post/it-human-civilization-golden-record <p>Carl Sagan is the go-to guy for interstellar greeting cards. During the 1970s, he developed plaques for equipment that NASA thought had the potential of being discovered millions or billions of years in the future.<br><br>The most ambitious project was the golden records for the Voyager probes. Sagan was given the daunting task of assembling a guide to all things human. Something that would fit on a standard 12-inch record.<br><br>The Voyager crafts investigated Jupiter and Saturn before essentially becoming two messages in a bottle, cast into what Sagan calls the “cosmic ocean.”<br> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Andrew Bales 22472 at http://kmuw.org Into It: Human Civilization On A Golden Record Into It: Rubber Ducky http://kmuw.org/post/it-rubber-ducky <p>Back in the seventies, Sesame Street’s Ernie sang to us about his favorite bath time buddy. But the rubber ducky has seen adventures far beyond the tub.</p><p>In 1992, three cargo containers leaving Hong Kong spilled into the Pacific Ocean. This released a shipment of 29,000 ducks, leaving them to bob along the open waters. But they didn’t sit idly by for long.</p><p>The pioneer duckies set out on separate paths, aimed at far-flung shores. Ten months and 2,000 miles later, they first made landfall in Alaska. Next, they washed onto the coasts of Australia and South America.</p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 14:00:40 +0000 Andrew Bales 11855 at http://kmuw.org Into It: Rubber Ducky Into It: Crawlers http://kmuw.org/post/it-crawlers-0 <p>Since the Apollo missions of the sixties, the Kennedy Space Center in Florida has been home to an odd couple: a pair of crawler-transporters. Weighing in at six million pounds, their gargantuan metal slab is reminiscent of an oil rig carted around atop four military tanks.</p><p>Every space voyage begins its journey on the back of a crawler. From the towering Saturn V rockets to the line of relatively compact shuttles that followed, the odd ritual looks like this:</p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 14:05:03 +0000 Andrew Bales 9379 at http://kmuw.org Into It: Crawlers Into It: Crawlers http://kmuw.org/post/it-crawlers <p>Since the Apollo missions of the sixties, the Kennedy Space Center in Florida has been home to an odd couple: a pair of crawler-transporters. Weighing in at six million pounds, their gargantuan metal slab is reminiscent of an oil rig carted around atop four military tanks.</p><p>Every space voyage begins its journey on the back of a crawler. From the towering Saturn V rockets to the line of relatively compact shuttles that followed, the odd ritual looks like this:</p> Sun, 12 Feb 2012 18:38:41 +0000 Andrew Bales 1902 at http://kmuw.org Into It: Crawlers