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

TAEM- 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 [...]

TAEM News Flash! George Mason University in the News!

   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 [...]

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

Becoming 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, [...]

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

  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 [...]

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

Joseph O’Donnell 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 [...]

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

 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 [...]