the first 50 years of adventures in space have taught us many lessons about the universe, technology, and humanity. it's amazing to think that while we've been sending things far away from earth for 50 years now, we've only been sending things far away from earth for 50 years! the voyager spacecrafts recently celebrated their 30th year traveling to deep space! my personal favorite experiment involved sending the little rover robots to mars.
space.com offers a nice retrospective of our 50 years in space including many interesting multi-media features, anecdotes, and quizzes to test your knowledge!
UT will celebrate our accomplishments in space with an exciting event this week! wednesday night, february 20th at 7:30pm, UT is hosting a free public lecture by macarthur fellowship ("genius award") recipient, chris chyba, entitled...
"the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe"
conveniently, there's also a total lunar eclipse wednesday night, reaching totality just as the talk ends! i'll probably go to RLM or painter hall to check out the orange moon thru a telescope... everyone is of course invited!