"The Childe...More restless than the swallow in the skies..." -Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Cosmos Clearinghouse for March

A Poignant Farewell for NASA's Discovery

Here is a photo taken from the International Space Station as the shuttle Discovery began its final voyage back to Earth. To understand the human significance of this photo, imagine the shuttle is a mighty and heroic cowboy named Shane. As the hero drifts away, a little childe shouts, "Shane! Come back!"

NASA image of Discovery on its last flight, as viewed from the ISS on 3/7/11.

A Visit with Discovery's First Pilot

There has been plenty of coverage of the space shuttle Discovery's final flight. The media is always on hand when NASA does something sexy or obviously historical--or when budget cuts from Congress force the agency to take another small step toward irrelevance. Anyway...

Here is some coverage I deeply appreciated. NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday did an interview with Capt. Mike Coats, the first pilot of Discovery. This piece is bittersweet. Coats is watching the shuttle he piloted on its maiden voyage head to a museum. At any rate, the interview is well worth four minutes of your time. Capt. Coats speaks with dignity and clarity. He also shows himself to be a keen observer of history in the making.Click here to listen.

Childe Jake's Review of Contact


This past week I guest-blogged for the Ambitious Ambigue, a writer based in Ann Arbor. She is building a site of reviews for the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. After happily finding Carl Sagan's novel Contact on this list, I offered to provide a review. You can read it by clicking here. As always, comments are welcome. Of course more important than reading my review, I hope you will read the book!

1 comment:

  1. That was a touching interview. Right from his heart. I also love the picture. Very poigant. Thanks for sharing this with me so I could be more aware.