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December 24, 2018

Earthrise

Fifty years ago, on December 24, 1968, three Apollo 8 astronauts peered through the small glass window of their command module hatch as they sped around the back side of the Moon. Below them was the cratered gray surface that no human had seen before.

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October 23, 2018

Getting to the Moon: Photos from NASA

Starting in 2007, NASA has been scanning and posting hundreds of thousands of its images; the collection grows daily at no cost to taxpayers. I’ve chosen a handful that give a quick look at some of the achievements and missions leading up to Apollo 11; these accompany a feature in the Fall 2018 Western Pennsylvania History magazine.

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August 15, 2018

Relax, Pittsburgh – It’s National Relaxation Day

Ah summer, when everyone seeks to break their routine and relax. Today might be a better day than usual to do that, since it is officially “National Relaxation Day.” The day was coined by 9-year-old Sean Moeller, an Iowa fourth-grader who decided in August 1985 that “people think too much about working.”

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