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.

SPACE SHORTS

It's Only Rocket Science

July 22, 2014

Tags: rockets, moon, Saturn V, SLS, Falcon Heavy, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins, Wernher Von Braun

Published in The Patriot Ledger July 22, 2014

In July 1969, 45 years ago this month, Neil Armstrong made the famous “one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” onto the Moon. He and the two others on the Apollo 11 crew, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, were launched from Cape Canaveral by a huge Saturn V rocket. Saturn V rockets continued to launch astronauts to the moon for several years, and there were serious predictions that humans would land on Mars before the end of the century. Those were the days. (more…)

The Rabbit Has Landed - on the Man in the Moon

December 21, 2013

Tags: moon, rover, China, jade rabbit, Yutu, Chang'e, Bay of Rainbows

Published in The Patriot Ledger December 21, 2013

We all look up in the night sky and see the markings on the moon, the contrast between the dark lowlands called maria and the lighter highlands, but different cultures interpret the markings differently. We see a “man in the moon.” The Chinese see a rabbit. (more…)

Selected Works

History
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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