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Day February 17, 2009

Juan Enriquez On The Ultimate Reboot

This is something I’ve been expecting to see: a speculative viewpoint on the near future which accounts for both the current economic malaise and pending major advances in human technology. I don’t completely agree with some of assertions made in the presentation (for example, the hyperinflation of the dollar in the near term), but Mr. Enriquez does believably tie together the narratives supplied by Nassim Taleb, Craig Venter, Vernor Vinge, and Ray Kurzweil — among many others — in a humorous, thoughtful manner.

Legs Of The Sky

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(It’s tough to find the perfect part.)

1966 Luna 9, 10, 11 Stamps

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Between 1959 and 1976, the Soviet Union launched 24 robotic spacecraft toward the moon. These were the Luna missions. On February 3, 1966, Luna 9 became the first spacecraft to land successfully on the lunar surface and transmit photographs back to Earth. On March 13, 1966, Luna 10 became the first artificial satellite of the moon. On August 27, 1966, Luna 11 — essentially a backup of the Luna 10 spacecraft — became the second artificial satellite of the moon. The two latter missions included scientific instruments designed to study lunar chemical composition, gravitational anomalies, and radiation.