The Science of Apollo

Best-selling author and space historian Andrew Chaikin and a panel of experts, including Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt, discuss the science of Project Apollo and the benefits to society of future planetary exploration.

Francesco Bianchini

Francesco Bianchini, an Italian astronomer, was born Dec. 13, 1662.  Bianchini found favor in the Roman Curia of three successive popes.  He first made his mark with a meridian line that he installed in the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Rome, a feat we will...

Julius Schmidt

J. F. Julius Schmidt, a German astronomer and lunar cartographer, was born Oct. 26, 1825. After coming across a collection of lunar maps as a child, Schmidt embarked on his lifetime vocation, mapping the moon. He moved from Germany to Moravia and then to Greece, where he served as Director of the Athens Observatory for 25 years…

Galileo Galilei

Galileo Galilei was born Feb. 15, 1564. He is one of the most famous scientists who ever lived, and he came onto the scientific scene in 1610 with a bombshell, Sidereus nuncius (Starry Messenger). Not only was this the first book to reveal what the moon looks like...

John Wilkins

John Wilkins, an English natural philosopher, was born Feb. 14, 1614. Wilkins was one of the founding members of the Royal Society of London and author of a variety of books on such topics as mathematical magic and philosophical languages. Today we feature his first...