We’re celebrating the new Cosmos with a giveaway on our Facebook page!
Up for grabs this time are Mike Mitchell's Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson action figure prints. These are each a signed AP edition of only 5, measure 6” x 8”, and were created for Mitchell's incredible "Space!" gallery show last year.
"The main thing was that my parents, who knew nothing about science, encouraged it. They never said, ‘All in all, wouldn’t it be better to be a lawyer or a doctor?’ I never once heard that from my parents. They said, ‘If you’re passionate about that, we’ll back you to the best of our ability.’ In school, while there were very few teachers who excited me about science, there was no systematic effort to discourage me.
So it wasn’t that hard to maintain my interest. Science fiction sustained me in my earliest years. I got a keen sense of the excitement of science from science fiction.”
Also consider that if you have a straight-A student in your class, that student has straight A’s not because of teachers, but in spite of teachers. It means you do well, no matter the teaching talent of the teacher. That’s what straight A’s mean. So if you’re a teacher and you put forth your straight-A student as though you had something to do with it, you are deluding yourself.
"Children soon recognize that somehow this kind of question annoys many adults. A few more experiences like this, and another child has been lost to science.
There are many better responses. If we have an idea of the answer, we could try to explain. If we don’t, we could go to the encyclopedia or the library. Or we might say to the child: ‘I don’t know the answer. Maybe no one knows. Maybe when you grow up, you’ll be the first to find out.’”
Vintage space travel Valentines
(More at the Vintage Valentine Museum)
A Porcelain Raft: “Giove”
B The Antlers: “Jupiter”
A Mutual Benefit: “Terraform”
B Anna Meredith: “Miranda”
A The Spiritualized Mississippi Space Program: “Always Together With You (The Bridge Song)”
B The Holydrug Couple: “Amphitrites Lost”
A Youth Lagoon: “Worms”
B Blues Control: “Blues Danube”
A Beach House: “Saturn Song”
B Zomes: “Moonlet”
A Absolutely Free: “EARTH I”
B Jesu: “Song of Earth”
A Benoit & Sergio: “Long Neglected Words”
B Larry Gus: “Sphere of Io (For Georg Cantor)”
Ponder the future of NASA, science education, and space travel with this inspiring trailer for “I want to be an Astronaut”.