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Saturn might have a new moon! Or it might have an old moon that's been ripped apart. Or it might have all kinds of weird ring properties and we somehow caught the maybe-moon at the right time.

http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/saturns-new-moon-might-just-be-its-rings-being-weird
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Hey, Plussers! I have some good news that it's high time I share with you guys: I signed a book contract with Bloomsbury Sigma not too long ago! I know I've mentioned here and there that I'm working on a book, but I thought I should tell you all that it's a really real thing. I have about 15 months to deliver a manuscript (which is totally terrifying and really not that far away) and figured that telling you guys it's happening will help keep me on task to meet my deadline! And as you start to see more pre-NASA topics from me in the coming months, now you know why. 

http://media.bloomsbury.com/rep/files/sigma-press-release.pdf
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+Amy Shira Teitel - no, no, no!! It should sound just like your videos. That's why I suggested Meryl Streep - she had the talent to imitate your voice just right. Your fans demand no less! :-) 
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Just wanted to share this gorgeous 1962 poster promoting lunar orbit rendezvous featuring an early concept lunar module. (I'm still hunting down the source. The page on which I found it cites NASA Marshall as the source, but I can't confirm that yet. Could originate from Grumman. If you know let me know!) 
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What stady poulogia
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It turns out asteroids can have rings. Asteroids! With rings! 

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/it-turns-out-asteroids-can-have-rings-but-why
The first asteroid ever discovered to have rings may hold clues about our own moon's formation.
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Really intriguing! Curious to know how it maintains the ring integrity.
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It's been just about 40 years since we flew by Mercury for the first time with Mariner 10!

http://news.discovery.com/space/history-of-space/mariner-10-our-first-mission-to-mercury-140324.htm
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+Russell Bateman yes, space is not an ocean, nothing "sinks" to the bottom. As long as it does not hit anything, old space probes will orbit forever
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Hot off the digital press, it's: SPACEBACON! Yup, that's right. The story of bacon on Apollo missions. 

http://www.popsci.com/blog-network/vintage-space/when-bacon-flew-moon-or-spacebacon
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#spacebacon  — trend it.
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Hey, Plussers! I'm giving a talk tomorrow night in Charlotte, North Carolina! If you're in the area (which a few of you might be local-ish?) come find out how Lunar Orbit Rendezvous became NASA's mode of choice for Apollo! 

http://www.ncsciencefestival.org/2014_event/spaceflight-historian/ 
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Pls, send me the video. Make a good job of it
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This month's episode of It Happened in Space is live! Apollo 9 and the (thankfully) unused contingency plan of leaving two astronauts stranded in orbit. Talk about risk culture! 

Apollo 9¹s Unused Contingency Plan - It Happened In Space #15
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There was somewhat of a precedent for the contingency - fortunately, also unused.

Amy, you mentioned in another article that the Gemini spacecraft was known as "the Gusmobile"  as it was only big enough to fit Gus Grissom, the shortest of the Gemini astronauts. Michael Collins, in his book "Carrying the Fire", mentioned that the fit was "like sitting sideways in a phone booth."

He went on to say that when planning Ed White's first EVA, they came to the realization that if he became disabled while outside the craft, his co-crewman (who happened to be James McDivitt) would not be able to pull White back inside the capsule, fit him into the seat, reach around him and shut the hatch.

So the contingency plan was that if White were to become unconscious, or otherwise disabled, McDivitt would have to cut White loose, close the hatch, and come back alone.
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I talk a lot about how rockets developed and came into their own during the Second World War on account of increased research and funding. A similar thing happened to airplanes during the First World War. The war didn't completely change airplanes, but the interest in using this new technology in war some some key developments early in the technology's history. Here's my admittedly brief look at the story of airplanes and WWI. 

http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/how-wwi-gave-birth-to-the-age-of-aircraft
The perfect test-case for technological acceleration during wartime.
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I'm designing a poster on the ww1 anniversary coming up!
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New Vintage Space Video is live! This week, it's the fate of the Apollo S-IVB stages. 

http://youtu.be/ybtbqtUtRUk
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The SIV-B stage for Apollo 12 probably came back to visit us about ten years ago:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J002E3
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I'm a writer and blogger - I blog at Vintage Space, study spaceflight history, and freelance whenever possible. I'm a space writer (aspiring to make that my professional title, somehow) because I love it. I finished a Master's degree in 2010 and realized that I don't like academic history and I don't want to be an academic historian. I've always wanted to write books and bring space science to the public in a way that's fun and accessible. 

I've been forging my own path for the last year. 

You can expect largely space-related posts from me: neat photos and archive movies from the early space age, cool articles, and a stream of updates from my blog. 

I moonlight as a personal trainer, but it's highly unlikely I'll be posting fitness tips. Unless they come from astronaut training logs. 

I'm also a Canadian currently living in the US, which has really brought out my accent, eh?

I write for a number of outlets, but the opinions on my page are strictly my own.
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