[FPSPACE] Re: Space.com Illustrated
Wed, 30 Aug 2000 18:27:43 -0700
Frustrating as it may well be, adding a new space publication to the
fray would be nice.
Going into a modern american book store such as Borders, or Barnes and
Noble you do not find many "space" magazines. Most of them are astronomy.
I remember as a teenager there were many publications, many specializing
in a particular space field. I miss them all.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, August 29, 2000 5:26 PM
Subject: [FPSPACE] Re: Space.com Illustrated
> A contributor from the future ;-) on Wed, 30 Aug 2000 08:08:17 wrote:
> > ;-) The contents certainly don't sound too inspiring...
> Nowdays, it is very difficult to come up with something inspiring about
> Please, consider life example:
> My son recently went to CMU/NASA NREC's Robo Camp.
> [NREC = National Robotics Engineering Consortium]
> The Camp was for 5-8th grade kids, and to my opinion, was very
> well thought off and organized and definitely achieved its goal:
> to promote science amongst teenagers.
> At the graduation ceremony, which myself as a proud parent has attended,
> they had a couple of VIPs, including the Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh.
> Another VIP - a NASA scientist gave a talk about his recent trip to
> Baikonur for the July Cluster-II launch. The talk was very, very
> informative - it even included details about thunderstorm day before the
> But I also could not help noticing that during the talk many campers
> did not stop working with their models. This basically says that even
> very well arranged and presented material cannot inspire. It can help
> and/or illustrate things, but it does not ignite inspiration.
> The inspiration today must come from real world experiences - watching
> ISS and Mir passing by in the night sky; or building Intelligent Lego
> Robots; or assembling a rocket model; or attending a Shuttle launch, etc.
> Another thing - those who are inspired about space are not that many,
> and there are not so many [affordable] publications for them. So, why to
> be critical about attempt to create another such periodical, even if
> it were not overly pretty shot?
> Constantine "Kostya" Domashnev
> Senior Research Programmer
> Robotics Institute
> Carnegie Mellon University
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