Category: science

The business end of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket o…

The business end of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on November 15, 2018.

March 22, 1972: Apollo 16 astronaut Charlie Du…

March 22, 1972: Apollo 16 astronaut Charlie Duke, with a core tube and hammer, trains on a simulated Moon surface at Cape Canaveral in Florida.

(NASA)

BE WISE/IMMUNIZE – A 20th-century poster from …

BE WISE/IMMUNIZE – A 20th-century poster from the Bermuda Ministry of Health and Social Services promotes vaccination for children, against diseases like diptheria, pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella (German measles).

(U.S. National Library of Medicine)

The view from Mimas, moon of Saturn, painted b…

The view from Mimas, moon of Saturn, painted by Pamela Lee.

“N-258 NAS Facility computer room” at NA…

“N-258 NAS Facility computer room” at NASA Ames, 1987.

“I know that science and technology are not ju…

“I know that science and technology are not just cornucopias pouring good deeds out into the world. Scientists not only conceived nuclear weapons; they also took political leaders by the lapels, arguing that their nation — whichever it happened to be — had to have one first. … There’s a reason people are nervous about science and technology.”

—Carl Sagan

TODAY IN HISTORY: The Moon in total eclipse on…

TODAY IN HISTORY: The Moon in total eclipse on March 19, 1848, “her disc visible while immersed in the dark Shadow.” From an 1869 edition of The Atlas of Astronomy by Alexander Keith Johnston.

(David Rumsey Map Collection)

Saturn, observed by the Cassini probe on March…

Saturn, observed by the Cassini probe on March 19, 2016.

“Sierra Uninhaited Aerial System” …

“Sierra Uninhaited Aerial System” in the hangar at NASA Ames, 2006.

“IS YOUR CHILD VACCINATED?” – A Chicago Depart…

“IS YOUR CHILD VACCINATED?” – A Chicago Department of Health poster promotes smallpox vaccination, circa 1936-1941, sponsored by the WPA’s Federal Art Project. (Library of Congress)