NEWS NEWSLETTER: JANUARY 2011Digital Papyrus newsletter
"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"
Date: January 2011
Issue No. 81
Science fiction sometimes looks back but usually prefers to look forward, though sometimes it has to look back first in order then to look forward. A dual sense of time and timelessness seems to be both a necessary ingredient and to help in kindling a sense of wonder. Is that all true? I wonder.
"...81 sf books into his career, Mike still considers himself a fan and frequently contributes articles to fanzines. He and Carol appeared in five Worldcon masquerades in the 1970s in costumes that she created, and won four of them.
Mike labored anonymously but profitably from 1964 through 1976, selling more than 200 novels, 300 short stories and 2,000 articles, almost all of them under pseudonyms, most of them in the "adult" field. He edited 7 different tabloid newspapers and a pair of men's magazines, as well.
Two commercial satellites for the expansion of communications services from space were launched atop an Ariane 5 rocket today, capping another successful year for the booster that saw a dozen payloads deployed in 2010. FULL STORY
Space station's Dextre robot passes crucial test
Canadian engineers put the International Space Station's Dextre robot through a workout Thursday, successfully proving the handyman is ready for duty when a Japanese cargo freighter arrives at the orbiting lab in January.
Dextre relocated a cargo transport container from one stowage location to another on the space station's truss backbone. The maneuver was accomplished Wednesday and Thursday [2010.12.19,20]. FULL STORY
Congress freezes NASA's budget until March
Unable to pass an annual spending bill in this legislative session, the U.S. Congress approved a temporary government funding measure Tuesday, cutting nearly $300 million from NASA's expected budget and potentially limiting action on new space exploration programs.
President Obama was expected to sign the continuing resolution late Tuesday [2010.12.18], ensuring the government remains functioning before the current budget expires at midnight. FULL STORY
Leonard David, SPACE.com's Space Insider Columnist
The private space industry has long been viewed as fledgling. But this once-pejorative term has taken on new meaning this year, as a roster of successes and fast-paced growth throughout 2010 suggests private spaceflight is ready to take off in 2011. FULL STORY
Huge Solar Explosionx Can Rock the Entire Sun
Mike Wall, SPACE.com Senior Writer
SAN FRANCISCO – Violent explosions on the sun erupt on a phenomenal scale – one that envelopes the entire star – and are linked by massive magnetic threads that stretch across hundreds of thousands of miles, a new study finds.
Solar flares, coronal mass ejections and other dramatic solar storms can go off all at once across virtually the entire sun, a team of researchers announced today (Dec. 13). The discovery suggests scientists should expand their studies of space weather to go beyond looking just at isolated parts of the sun, as has been common in the past. FULL STORY VIDEO
Some of the graphics in this video are inspired by the BigDog, rough-terrain robot from Boston Dynamics. The video "showcasing" this robot can be viewed HERE.
Hook in the Book
Marcus Sund came awake all at once. "Lights," he said.
The cabin remained dark. "Lights," he repeated, louder this time, but with the same result. He sat up. The station hummed with life support--the ProFabber engines churned in their colossal duties--but something was missing from that profound vibration.
He dressed hurriedly, toggling the operations deck as he yanked his shirt on. "Report."
"Sir, we have some minor failures in noncritical functions. We're on it."
Marcus left his cabin and hurried down the corridor. The lights browned and surged back again. The station exec knew his rig, down to the last bolt and data structure, and therefore he could feel through the soles of his feet that the hum was wrong, the vibration of the carbon polysteel deck plates a few cycles off. That worried him far more than the flickering lights.
Bright of the Sky Mike Resnick
This planet is not terra firma. It is a delicate flower and it must be cared for. It's lonely. It's small. It's isolated, and there is no resupply. And we are mistreating it. Clearly, the highest loyalty we should have is not to our own country or our own religion or our hometown or even to ourselves. It should be to, number two, the family of man, and number one, the planet at large. This is our home, and this is all we've got.