James D. Livingston

The evolution of life

Matt Damon in "The Martian"

Pluto's surface as seen by New Horizons

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket

Size comprison of the Earth, the moon, and Pluto (lower left)

Aerial view of Spaceship Two crash in Mohave Desert

Close-up of nucleus of comet 67P taken by ESA spacecraft Rosetta

Wernher Von Braun & engines of Saturn V

Steven Swanson (left) and Russian colleagues

Yutu, Chinese rover, on the moon

Comet ISON and its green tail

International Space Station, where NASA will continue to support the astronauts during the shutdown

Artist's version of Mars One colony (Bryan Versteeg)

Kepler Space Telescope (artist's version)

Pluto - the Former Ninth Planet

Virgin Galactic space plane over New Mexico's Spaceport America

Saturn - Lord of the Rings

Arizona's Meteor Crater

Radar view of the surface of Venus as seen by Magellan orbiter

Use of Terra, a spin-off of CheMin (instrument on Curiosity), in King Tut's tomb

Streambed found on Mars by Curiosity (compared to dry streambed on Earth)

Self-portrait of the rover Curiosity on Mars.


FAILURE - unfortunately, it IS an option

November 8, 2014

Tags: Virgin Galactic, SpaceShip Two, Orbital Sciences, Antares rocket, Apollo 13, Elon Musk, SpaceX

Published in The Patriot Ledger November 8, 2014

Last year in this space I wrote about the prospects of space tourism, and urged you to sign up soon for a suborbital flight with Virgin Galactic, which was likely to start its flights this year. I don’t know if any of you followed my advice, but if you did, you were probably disturbed by the crash last week of Virgin Galactic’s Space Ship Two, killing one of the two pilots (the other escaped by parachute). Fortunately, there were no other passengers. (more…)

Space Adventures - for the Rich

July 9, 2013

Tags: Kazakhstan, Baikonaur, Borat, Space Adventures, Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson, XCOR Aerospace, Sacha Baron Cohen

Published in The Patriot Ledger March 16, 2013:

Many of us were first introduced to Kazakhstan in the highly successful 2006 spoof film “Borat,” in which the Asian republic is portrayed as extremely backward. Despite the crude and primitive image of the country presented to the world in “Borat,” Kazakhstan has long had an honored place in the space community as home of the Baikonur spaceport from which Sputnik, the first manmade satellite, was launched in 1957, igniting the space race. (more…)

Selected Works

A brief sequel to Arsenic and Clam Chowder, in which Mary Alice travels north on the Klondike Gold Rush
A sensational murder trial set in 1890s New York
Popular Science
The first review of the many and varied forms of magnetic levitation written for a general audience.
A entertaining treatment of the history, legends, science, and technology of magnets for a general audience.
Historical Biography
The dramatic life story of an early feminist and abolitionist who was both witty and wise.
Undergraduate Textbook
A lively introduction to the electrical, optical, and magnetic properties of solids.

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