I usually just ignore these emails, but I think I’ll start responding. I’d be happy to, for $250 an hour. Paid in advance.
This question comes up again and again. Not just from moon landing skeptics and fringe science promoters, but from everyday folks who are sure they learned somewhere that stars can’t be seen in space.
One of the most deeply divisive misconceptions about scientists is that they are smarter than you.
In many ways New Horizons is just a teaser for even greater missions to come.
Mathematics, physics, and astronomy depend on one another to get it right
Spacecraft require large solar panels, but these panels need to be folded compactly during launch. Origami provides inspiration for new folding designs.
The Dawn probe now in orbit around Ceres reached the dwarf planet thanks to a rocket engine known as an ion thruster.
There are lots of scientists in the world, so why do we only think of the famous ones as scientists?
Many of the “fringe” theories we see are inspired by the work of those who’ve wandered deep into the woods. The vast majority of these models have little going for them, and we should be clear to point out when models are contradicted by experimental and observational evidence. But it’s worth noting that walking into the woods is a part of our humanity that makes us good scientists. We strive to reach into ignorance and pull out knowledge. Often it works, and little by little we become a wiser species. But sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes even very smart and very skilled scientists get lost.