Science

SpaceX To Launch First Stage Of Mars Mission by author Joseph J. O’Donnell

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Author Joseph J. O'Donnell

Elon Musk the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, Inc. stated during the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas on Sunday that they will be launching the first stage of the Mars and Interplanetary space ship as early as next year.

Last year he announced that they will make the first cargo shipments to Mars by 2022, followed by the delivery of the first human colonists to the Red Planet. He also plans to build amenities for the future colonists as well. His Mars and Interplanetary ship could be the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) or another named craft under the development now. (more…)

SpaceX Is Leading the Way Into Space by author Joseph J. O’Donnell

Monday, February 12th, 2018

SpaceX has just successfully launched the largest missile  ever to leave the surface of the earth. Known as ‘The Falcon Heavy’, it is far larger than the Saturn V rocket that sent Americans to the Moon.

The company was founded by Elon Musk, Who also founded PayPal and Tesla Motors. As a great promotional gimmick he placed a cherry-red Tesla Roadster on board for the use as a test payload. The missile was designed to carry heavy payloads into space to such future destinations as the Moon and Mars. As a private entrepreneur Mr. Musk has not only a proven track record for business, he has also been cited as a genius and leader for our country’s space endeavors. (more…)

President Trump Signs Bill for Manned Space Exploration by author Joseph J. O’Donnell

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Author Joseph J. O'Donnell

President Trump recently signed a bill authorizing NASA to once again to pursue manned extraterrestrial exploration and put Americans on the moon again.

 It is America’s destiny to be at the forefront of humanity’s eternal quest for knowledge and to be the leader amongst nations on our adventure into the great unknown.

President Donald J. Trump

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Rise of the Drones by author Joseph J. O’Donnell

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Many years ago I had told my son that the future lay in the hands of robotics. This sage advice was similar that was given to the character, played by Dustin Hoffman in the motion picture ‘The Graduate’, when he was advised that the future held promises in ‘plastic’.

Robotics have advanced in many sectors which includes industrial production, aerospace, military machines, deep space probes and more. The new direction has been in the creation of drones. Just like the origin of computer generated children’s toys lead to advances in games and home computers , the modern day drones were advanced by hand held flying models used by hobbyists and the general public. (more…)

A Race to the Moon… Again !- With Dr. Harold A. Geller- George Mason University

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Professor-Gellers-TV-appearance-300x168TAEM- With China now looking to place its astronauts on the surface of the Moon there seems to be another ‘Space Race’ in the making. Our newly elected President, Donald J. Trump, has also expressed his deep interest in the cosmos. This combination may trigger America’s deep commitment in manned exploration to placing humans on the Moon and Mars again!

 

We’ve decided to ask Dr. Harold A. Geller of George Mason University in Virginia, after his previous interview in our July 2014 (click on to see) issue, to elaborate on this theme.  (more…)

TAEM Discusses the New Horizons Project and the Outer Solar system with GMU Professor Mike Summers

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

michael-summersTAEM- In your last interview in our July 2014 issue we discussed your studies concerning the question about astrobiology and the search with alien life. Since then you played a key role in the New Horizons project during the fly-by of Pluto. Please describe your role in this important project.

MS– I’ve been a mission co-investigator on this team since 1999 when we first proposed to NASA a very similar mission. NASA canceled that mission opportunity.  We subsequently proposed the New Horizons mission in 2000 and were awarded the mission and funding starting in 2001.  My role throughout has been planning atmospheric science for the NH mission, and now that we’re past the flyby I’m Deputy Lead of the Atmospheric Science Theme Team for atmospheric science analysis.  That is one of the three science Theme Teams that are working to analyze the flyby observations.  Before encounter, I worked to develop models of the chemical and thermal structure of the atmosphere so that we would have a basis for predictions of what we would see at encounter.  It’s very important to have predictions, because instruments must be designed carefully to match what we general expect to see.  Since the encounter, I’ve worked with others on the team to write scientific papers and give presentations at conferences on our results. (more…)

TAEM News Flash! George Mason University in the News!

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

george-mason-university-logo   The Arts and Entertainment Magazine & THE EERIE DIGEST has been very fortunate to obtain many articles for our SCIENCE section from George Mason University in Virginia. We had visited there often to attend meetings of the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club (NOVAC) and many of the schools professors have contributed articles for our various science series.

Professor Harold Geller has contributed much to us to pass along to the many science students who follow our magazines to enhance their own careers. His knowledge of astronomy is extensive and he had let our publication visit the school’s telescope observatory to get a first hand look at the equipment that has made the university outstanding. (more…)

‘Humans to Mars as a Bridge to the Stars’ by Nicole Willett, Education Director, The Mars Society

Friday, September 26th, 2014

MarsMDRS Hi ResBecoming a space faring civilization is the goal of millions of Earthlings. If one pays attention to the universe around him, it is impossible to deny its breathtaking humility. We long to explore, to expand, to go out and touch a piece of another planetary body. This longing is what encouraged NASA and their supporters to stand behind the Apollo missions to the Moon.   President John F. Kennedy said, “We choose to go to the Moon not because it is easy… but because it is hard.” We are on the verge of a new millennial space race. On September 16, 2014 NASA announced the human return to space. They are utilizing Boeing and SpaceX to accomplish this. SpaceX and many others have plans to send humans to Mars. The interest in exploring and settling the Red Planet is obvious.   The first true plans to go to Mars were analyzed in 1948 and published in the 1950’s by Dr. Werner von Braun. (more…)

‘The Next Steps in Space Exploration’ by author Joseph J. O’Donnell

Friday, September 26th, 2014

us-space-spacex-dragon-v2-spacecraft-elon-musk-e1401420115811  To date the only manned exploration of other worlds had been the United States ventures on the lunar surface in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Since that time the only other great achievement was the International Space Station (ISS) orbiting earth. Following these projects our country, and others, have launched remarkable telescopes to study the cosmos, and ingenious robotic instruments to act as scouts on the surface of Mars.

Visually exploring the cosmos, and detailing and testing the surface of Mars, is important as these are the necessary first steps to targeting where we should go. They give us a better understanding of our galactic neighborhood as well as determine the safety and longevity of colonization on our neighboring planets. The study of our own solar system is also important as it will spur interest from the private sector in developing space vehicles and habitats for manned missions . The studies will also spur on mining for precious materials and their manufacturing on nearby worlds. The moons of our solar system, comets, and asteroids have also been preliminarily explored by satellites and probes, and show promise as well. (more…)

‘Kill Devil Hills’ by author Joseph J. O’Donnell

Thursday, August 28th, 2014
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Kill Devil Hills- The Wright Brothers Slip the bonds of Earth

By author Joseph J. O’Donnell

   For our series promoting manned space exploration and human colonization of our solar system The Arts and Entertainment Magazine wanted to take America’s story back in time to it’s true beginning. We decided to visit Kill Devil Hills on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and the location of this country’s first true pioneers of manned flight…..the Wright Brothers.

Orville and Wilbur Wright wanted a site that provided isolation, high dunes, strong winds, and soft landings. The stretch of beach between Kitty Hawk and Nags Head on North Carolina’s Outer Banks proved to be an excellent choice. Their predecessors for this quest included George Cayley, Alphonse Penaud, Otto Lilienthal, and Octave Chanute, but none of these men achieved powered flight. All their machines were based on gliders or flew with the power of brute strength. The Wrights also experimented with gliders but with of the advancement of gasoline engines, the Wright Brothers were able to combine this to their craft to make powered flight feasible. (more…)

‘Getting Real About First Contact’ by John and James Gaines

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

jim-gains1-300x225 Getting Real About First Contact: The Ferengi Hypothesis

Recently, the human race has taken a step forward by beginning to treat first contact with an alien life form as a matter of when, rather than as a matter of if.   NASA, the European Space Agency, and hopefully the Russians and Chinese have even devoted some consideration to the contingencies of what should or must happen if we happen to be the visiting life form, rather than the visited; in popular culture, the film Avatar has taken a similar path. However, consideration of the obverse possibility, that we should be the visited, has not received enough attention, though for the time being it is the most probable of the two possibilities. In official terms, contingency planning seems to have been limited to a worst case scenario of the Battlefield Earth variety, namely that the visiting race should have exploitative plans for Earth and humans that are overtly and immediately hostile to our interests. Scenarios of a human guerilla campaign successfully fighting off a concerted attempt by space-capable beings to destroy us are infinitesimally low in probability of success. Some of the proposals (like the one recently aired on television on National Geographic Channel’s 2011 special When Aliens Invade, where human survivors use helium balloons to ascend and “frag” spaceships) are patently ludicrous and undeserving of attention. The rare book-length texts on human survival, such as An Introduction to Planetary Defense: A Study of Modern Warfare Applied to Extra-Terrestrial Invasion, by Travis S. Taylor, Bob Boan, Bob Boan (Author) (more…)

‘Astrobiology and the search for Alien Life’ by Guest Author Professor Mike Summers of George Mason University

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Michael SummersTAEM – Could you expand upon your atmospheric studies as they have a direct relationship to what would effect explorers on other worlds and where we should look to discover life forms.

My research background is in the area of chemistry and dynamics of planetary atmospheres. I’ve worked extensively on the chemistry of the Earth’s middle atmosphere (stratosphere, mesosphere and lower thermosphere) and its chemical and dynamical response to solar effects and climate forcing. This work entails several topics related to ozone chemistry, the budget of the greenhouse gases such as water vapor, carbon dioxide and ozone, and the formation of Earth’s highest clouds – noctilucent clouds (also called polar mesospheric clouds PMCs, at around 80-85 km altitude). I’m also interested in the long-term changes in the atmosphere due to human activities, such as lower atmosphere global warming, upper atmosphere cooling, and middle and upper atmosphere weather. I’m a co-investigator on the AIM (Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere) satellite mission that is focused on the study of these high altitude clouds and how they respond to global change. The public website for this mission is at: http://aim.hamptonu.edu

I’ve also been involved in the New Horizons Pluto mission as a co-investigator: http://pluto.jhuapl.edu (more…)

‘Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: The Past, Present and Future Exploration of the Moon and Mars’ by Guest Author Dr. Harold A. Geller – George Mason University

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Professor-Gellers-TV-appearance-300x168When I think of all the dreams I had as a teenager, the one I recall best is the dream I had of human exploration of the Moon and Mars. I was visiting my cousin in Ventnor City, New Jersey in 1969, that fateful evening when Neil Armstrong took the first steps of any human on the surface of the Moon.

What is it that President Kennedy said about such an effort? He said that such a “space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish.” He also had said in that 1961 speech that “in a very real sense, it will not be one man going to the Moon; it will be an entire nation.” (more…)

‘Future Explorations in Space’ by author Joseph J. O’Donnell

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Enterprise1-640x353The Arts and Entertainment Magazine is about to embark on a series of articles involving Future Explorations in Space. We are hoping to involve all the scientists and college professors that have appeared in our Science section since its addition in our publication.

NASA has been gearing for this as other nations have now set future dates for trips to the Moon and Mars. In my article ‘Space- Our Manifest Destiny’ (click on to see article) which appeared in the Science section of our publication for July 24, 2013, I have been promoting the theory in a number of colleges that follow our magazine. I also hope that college students, led by their professors, can add to future articles as well. To have them participate in this series is the main purpose for its undertaking. (more…)

TAEM News Flash! Professor Harold Geller in the News!

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Professor Geller's TV appearanceWe recently learned that Dr. Harold Geller (click on to see the article), who we first interviewed in our December 15th, 2012 issue, has just published a new book. The book’s title is All the Secrets of the Universe and it is in large print. The book can be purchased on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/All-Secrets-Universe-Harold-Geller/dp/1304808661/

Professor Geller, who teaches at George Mason University in Northern Virginia, has been very active lately and has appeared on television on The Road to Reason : The Skeptic’s Guide to the 21st Century. He stated that “You may be interested in knowing that this past Sunday, at 3PM, I was interviewed on a cable TV show on Channel 36 regarding the latest data from Antarctica relating to the inflationary epoch of the big bang theory.  Here’s a link to a portion of show on which I appeared (from minute 1:20-1:50 and 8:40-25:46 in video).” (more…)

TAEM News Flash! Professor Harold A. Geller in the News!

Monday, October 14th, 2013

GellerPhoto2-225x300   The Arts and Entertainment Magazine has just learned that Professor Harold A. Geller (click on to see article) who we interviewed in our December 15th, 2012 issue has just published a new book. Professor Geller, the director of George Mason University Telescope Observatory, has just released his new work, All the Secrets of the Solar System in Large Print, through Amazon and you can find it by clicking on the following link http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Solar-System-Large-Print/dp/1304345300/  . (more…)

Hawking vs. Geller- Impact of Aliens Visiting Earth

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Geller2TAEM- The topic of an alien civilization arriving on earth is the stuff that Sci-Fi movies have been made of for a long time. Films like The Day the Earth Stood Still to Mars Attacks shows the full spectrum of what would be considered should that event ever occur. The truth of the matter has even been debated in the upper reaches of the greatest minds on this planet.

Scientist Stephen Hawking predicted that if Aliens ever visited the earth it would prove disastrous to the human civilization. He further stated the end results would similar to what had happened to the native people when Columbus landed in our western hemisphere. To challenge that theory Professor Harold Geller, of George Mason University in Virginia, has retrieved the gauntlet that was thrown down by Hawking.

Professor Geller, Stephen Hawking had further recommended that we should not even try to contact other civilizations in the cosmos. What would be the mistake with this, and would this gesture be too late ? (more…)

‘Space- Our Manifest Destiny’ by author Joseph J. O’Donnell

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

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As the publisher of The Arts and Entertainment Magazine & THE EERIE DIGEST I have always strived to extend our publications as a learning tool for students.  With Science at the forefront of this article, we have shared interviews with famous scientists and influential professors, and teachers, from around the world.

With the Fall 2013 classes about to begin, we will once again seek those learned individuals to share their knowledge with the many students who follow our publications for guidance towards their own careers.  I will also personally seek interviews with the icons of the space industry, as well  as the many famous personalities from the world of cinema who have sparked our imaginations in reaching for the Stars.

JOD/TAEM

Betelgeuse – A Red Giant with a Really Bright Future

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

GellerAtRotaryTalk3by Prof. Harold A. Geller of GMU

As we approach summer, one constellation you won’t be seeing in the night sky, is the well known Orion. The brightest star in the constellation Orion is commonly known as Betelgeuse. Actually, all stars are so far away that they are observed by our telescopes as points of light, not an object with height or breadth. However, in 1998, the Hubble Space Telescope, above the atmospheric jitter and fuzziness, captured a picture of Betelgeuse for the first time by an individual telescope.

Now when I say that a star is very far away, I am talking in terms of how long it would take light to reach us if it left the star today. In the specific instance of Betelgeuse, it takes light about 643 years to reach the Earth once it leaves the surface of Betelgeuse. Actually, Betelgeuse, like all stars doesn’t really have a surface, it is a ball of hot gas, called a plasma, because its temperature is so high, all of its atoms have shed their electrons and so all you have is a bunch of charged atoms called ions and a sea of electrons. (more…)

TAEM Science Update – Prof. Harold Geller!

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

GellerPhoto2The Arts and Entertainment Magazine has just learned that Professor Harold Geller, of George Mason University will be travelling to promote Science, and his book. He stated that  “I myself will be speaking at a special event at Thomas Jefferson High School. See https://www.tjhsst.edu/studentlife/events/srs/

After that I head to New York City where I will be promoting my book about my brother’s battle with cancer. (more…)