... and proceeding.
The awesome, unfinished voyage of the Hubble Space Telescope began with an epic blunder. The brilliant recovery that followed, and subsequent maintenance, upgrade, and repair missions, have made the Hubble a major contributor to human spaceflight. And that is entirely apart from its enormous contributions to our understanding of the Universe.
Like most people I mainly know the Hubble for its contributions to eye candy: those delicate traceries, spills of jewels, and titanic cosmic thunderclouds that fill our monitor screens and coffee table books. They are merely incidental to its real work, but they they are the starship viewports of our imagination.
Much more modestly, Rocketpunk Manifesto turns three years old tomorrow. This makes my 181th post here, and according to Google Analytics I have had about 25,000 'unique' visitors. Thank you all for dropping by, and a really major thank you to my commenters, who provide most of the value of this blog. Sometimes I'm actually afraid to read the comments in the morning, because it is like wandering into a seminar room on one cup of coffee.
Most of you have found your way here in the last year. My posting had languished after the customary promising start, until I decided about a year ago to put more consistent effort into keeping the blog up. A good many of you probably got here via Atomic Rockets, or its Twitter/Facebook feeds - a fact I note with some interest on my tech industry blog, TecTrends Monitor.
One thing that has pleased me from the early days of this blog is its international readership, with more than 40 percent of you living outside the United States. Canada is in second place, though lately the UK is giving it a run. One curious oddity: about 5 percent of my total readership comes from Calgary. I have no idea why.
Currently my largest readership outside the Anglosphere is, appropriately enough, from the other great spacefaring nation of our age, Russia. Taking my chances with Google Translate, Добро пожаловать!
I will be (cautiously) adding a few social media bells & whistles, after seeing how useful those tools have been over at Atomic Rockets. (And as usual, the image on Winch's Twitter feed page is tres cool.)
But fear not, my emphasis will remain the sort of long form blogging I have been doing here, and with the same general focus: Plausible space futures, and the branch of Romance that deals with them, with occasional excursions into history, fantasy, or whatever strikes me as relevant and interesting.
Use the comment thread to say what you'd like to see discussed here, or simply to say hello!
The image of the Hubble on orbit has long been the logo of my static website, The Observatory.