Over at Dinosaurs and Robots, Todd Lappin reviews Brian Floca's stunning
kids' book Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11, "a vivid retelling of mankind's first mission to the moon."
I researched Moonshot by reading books, flight plans, NASA photographs and charts; watching NASA footage, and basically absorbing everything I could get my hands on about the Apollo 11 mission. That probably sounds excessive for a book with so few words, but in a visual book an incredible amount of information — some of it obscure — can go into any given picture. There's always a tug of war between the big themes of space travel on the one hand, and the temptations of toggle switches and ignition sequence codes and elapsed mission times. I want all those details in the book, and I want to get them right, but I can't overwhelm the story.
There was a large service structure that was part of launch preparation for the Saturn V rockets, called the Mobile Service Structure. It was positioned right up against the rocket during much of the launch preparation and then, of course, it was moved out of the way. But moved to where? A Douglas Aircraft Saturn V Payload Planners Guide finally revealed where the thing was parked at liftoff; if you look for it on the page in Moonshot that shows the long view of the rocket lifting off, you can find it, though there’s not a word about it in the book.
Teams of researchers are developing sesame seed-size neuro-implants that detect brain activity that signals depression and then deliver targeted electrical zaps to elevate your mood. It’s very early days in the science and technology but recent studies suggest that we’re on the path. Links to scientific papers below. Fortunately, the goal is to develop tools […]
In the 1960s, when Scientific American copy editor Michael J. Battaglia was 15, he had a chemical romance with the periodic table. In fact, Battaglia was so fascinated by the basic substances of our universe that he tried to collect ’em all (at least the 104 elements that science knew about at the time.) From […]
Aren’t they beautiful? Here’s how ‘ghost apples’ formed on this apple tree in West Michigan.
Breaking into the indie video game market may be easier than you think. It all starts with an idea, and then it’s a matter of finding the right development platform to bring it to life. No matter what that platform is, it’s a good bet that it’s covered in the 2019 Game Dev & Design […]
Learning a new language like Spanish doesn’t have to be hard. Either you can buy a ticket to a Spanish-speaking country, immerse yourself in the culture and pick it up intuitively – or you can do it from the comfort of the chair you’re in right now by logging on to Rocket Spanish. There are […]
When it comes to Valentine’s Day gestures, we encourage you to make the date your own. But we’ve got to admit, you can’t beat the classic appeal of a well-picked, perfectly arranged bouquet of roses. And whether you need them delivered at home or to a long-distance lover, the best call is Teleflora’s Valentine’s Day […]