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Posted 19 March 2008 - 01:49 AM

One of the authors who took me through high school.  He will be missed.

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 03:32 AM

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A sad day indeed, 'Childhood's End' started me on my journey into devouring science fiction literature.

RIP Sir Arthur

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 03:45 AM

Not good news, no.gif he will be missed

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 07:41 AM

ships-cat on Mar 19 2008, 12:31 AM, said:

I remember Rendevouz with Rama, and how it opened my reading horizons...

Magikman on Mar 19 2008, 03:32 AM, said:

'Childhood's End' started me on my journey into devouring science fiction literature.


I can't remember which of his novels or short stories I first read, but his books are part of the reason I have such a fascination (along with my earliest memory being Neil Armstrong walking on the Moon) with astronomy and spaceflight. As such, this man that I never met, helped shape my life.

Edited by Waspie_Dwarf, 19 March 2008 - 07:41 AM.

"Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-boggingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the street to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space." - The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 1952 - 2001

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 09:40 AM

ships-cat on Mar 19 2008, 12:31 AM, said:

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A bit of my Kittenhood just died. I remember Rendevouz with Rama, and how it opened my reading horizons...


I found the rama books in my grandpa's study when I was about 12, zipped through all of them in a matter of months - I think they were the first "grown up" books I ever read....

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 01:09 PM

Once opon a time there was a little disabled kid who got to meet one of his science HERO,S he never forgot that day and he never ever will

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 10:16 PM

Emma_Acid_88 on Mar 19 2008, 05:40 AM, said:

I found the rama books in my grandpa's study when I was about 12, zipped through all of them in a matter of months - I think they were the first "grown up" books I ever read....



I just knew you read alot...
Your astuteness and rational skills reveal that.   To be reading Sir Arthur's Rama books at age 12, and zipping through them in a matter of months says alot...a lot.

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 02:55 AM

NASA Statement on the Death of Arthur C. Clarke

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March 19, 2008
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RELEASE: 08-083

NASA Statement on the Death of Arthur C. Clarke


WASHINGTON - The following is a statement from Alan Stern, NASA associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at Headquarters in Washington, regarding the death of Arthur C. Clarke:

"Arthur Clarke was a gifted writer of science and science fiction, and an unparalleled visionary of the future, inspiring countless young people throughout the middle and later 20th century with his hopeful vision of how spaceflight would transform societies, economies, and humankind itself.

"Although his personal odyssey here on Earth is now over, his vision lives on through his writing; he will be sorely missed."

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 03:06 PM

Rest in Peace Arthur C. Clarke. I could not aproved some action in your life, from my personal point of view, but you were part of a very special caste within humankind, those who imagine the future.

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 01:15 PM

More on Sir Arthur from BBC News.

Conversations with a science visionary

In quotes: Sir Arthur C Clarke tributes

Arthur C Clarke: predictions

"Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-boggingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the street to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space." - The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 1952 - 2001

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Posted 22 November 2009 - 04:55 PM

Former Soviet cosmonaut Konstantin Feoktistov dies


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The USSR's first civilian cosmonaut Konstantin Feoktistov, a crew member of the Voskhod spaceship in 1964, has died in Moscow aged 83, Russian media say.

Feoktistov also designed and tested spaceships himself, and has a crater on the Moon named after him.
Full story: BBC News


Feoktistov played a very important role in the early development of manned spaceflight. As well as being the first civilian to fly in space on Voskhod 1 (launched 12th October 1964) he was also, under the leadership of Sergey Korolev, heavily involved in the design of the Vostok spacecraft, the modification of Vostok into the Voskhod vehicle and in the Soyuz spacecraft which is still flying to this day.

Rest in peace Konstantin Petrovich Feoktistov.

Edited by Waspie_Dwarf, 07 April 2010 - 11:21 PM.

"Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-boggingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the street to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space." - The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 1952 - 2001

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Posted 22 November 2009 - 07:46 PM

View PostWaspie_Dwarf, on 22 November 2009 - 04:55 PM, said:

Full story: BBC News


Feoktistov played a very important role in the early development of manned spaceflight. As well as being the first civilian to fly in space on Voskhod 1 (launched 12th October 1964) he was also, under the leadership of Sergey Korolev, heavily involved in the design of the Vostok spacecraft, the modification of Vostok into the Voskhod vehicle and in the Soyuz spacecraft which is still flying to this day.

Rest in peace Konstantin Petrovich Feoktistov.



Rest in peace, comrade!


FEOKTISTOV...on the far side.

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Posted 04 March 2010 - 01:32 AM

McCall Mourned by Aerospace Community, Space Enthusiasts



01 March 2010

Dr. Robert McCall, celebrated painter and long-time contributor to the nation's aerospace fine arts programs, died on February 26. McCall spent much of his career documenting and artistically translating Americas space program for the public.

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"Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-boggingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the street to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space." - The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 1952 - 2001

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Posted 04 March 2010 - 01:34 AM

NASA Pioneer Aaron Cohen Dead at 79



02 March 2010

Spaceflight pioneer Aaron Cohen, a former director of NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, died Thursday, Feb. 25 after a lengthy illness. He was 79. Cohen's 33-year career with NASA included key leadership roles critical to the success of the Apollo and shuttle programs. As director, his steady hand at the helm of Johnson helped NASA recover from the shuttle Challenger tragedy and return the space shuttle to flight.

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Posted 04 March 2010 - 01:37 AM

Rembering NASA's First Senior Photographer



02 March 2010

As NASA's first senior photographer, Bill Taub covered every major agency event from the beginning of the Mercury project through the end of Apollo, giving the public a firsthand look at what NASA was about during those early days. Bill Taub died on Feb. 20, 2010. He was 86 years old.

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