Margaret Hamilton: Her Codes Sent Us to the Moon

A century after Maria Mitchell paved the way for women to learn astronomy in a formal classroom and a few decades after the Harvard Computers laid the foundation for the discovery of distant galaxies, Margaret Hamilton wrote more than 10 books of software codes—by hand—that would send men to the moon for our first giant… Continue reading Margaret Hamilton: Her Codes Sent Us to the Moon

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Laurie Anderson: To the Moon

Laurie Anderson was the first and last artist in residence at NASA. An avant-garde electronic musician of the 70s, she was called by NASA in 2003—the same year when Columbia space shuttle exploded—and was offered full creative freedom to create a theatrical piece about space travel. NASA has always had arts programs, even as early… Continue reading Laurie Anderson: To the Moon

Einstein’s Musical Muse

In 1905, long before we understand that space makes ripples, Einstein proposed the idea that time, like space, is also a dimension that can be curved and bent. Einstein had pondered about curvature of spacetime since he was 16—and it wasn’t just because he’s a theoretical genius. Believing that “imagination is more important than knowledge,”… Continue reading Einstein’s Musical Muse

Why eclipse meant bad omen

“Human beings fall easily into despair, and from the very beginning we invented stories that enabled us to place our lives in a larger setting, that revealed an underlying pattern, and gave us a sense that, against all the depressing and chaotic evidence to the contrary, life had meaning and value.” Karen Armstrong And where’s… Continue reading Why eclipse meant bad omen

Nana Primadi, Ibu Astronomi Indonesia

Premana Primadi is an Indonesian astronomer and head of Bosscha Observatorium, who shares Stephen Hawking’s ALS disease, but still stands for Indonesia’s astronomy study with her indelible charm. Her name is on a 10 km diameter asteroid that travels at 25 km/s, orbiting the sun every 4.5 years, but she’s a figure who is still… Continue reading Nana Primadi, Ibu Astronomi Indonesia

The third man who went to the Moon but didn’t land

“The moon I have known all my life, that two‐dimensional, small yellow disk in the sky, has gone away somewhere, to be replaced by the most awesome sphere I have ever seen. To begin with it is huge, completely filling our window. Second, it is three‐dimensional. The belly of it bulges out towards us in… Continue reading The third man who went to the Moon but didn’t land

“Tiny blue marble lost in darkness.”

One of the greatest things about astronomy is that it makes us feel small. Imagine this: you’re sitting underneath the evening’s glorious dome, mind halfway to Neptune, pondering about the constellations out there, then retreating to the constellations within. Infinity can make any heart skips a beat. The universe is 13.7 billion light years and… Continue reading “Tiny blue marble lost in darkness.”