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You'll hear a little of this and lot of that on Light On Light Through - my reviews of great television series, my interviews with authors and creative media people and their interviews of me, my political commentary, thoughts about my favorite cars and food and space travel, discussions of my music, and a few of my readings from my science fiction stories. These are usually audio and a few are video.  In the first years, starting in 2006, I put up a new episode at least once a month.  More recently, it became more or less often than once a month, usually a lot less often.  But in the Fall of 2018, I began getting more in the mood to podcast, and you can expect new episodes now at least once a month.  - Paul Levinson

Resumed Journey

Aug 9, 2007

6:36 this evening.  Endeavor lifts off from Cape Canaveral into space. On board is Barbara Morgan, age 55, who trained along with Christa McAuliffe, the teacher who died on the Challenger in 1986.

Gifted teachers, these two. Not just imparting wisdom to their students. Imparting wisdom to the whole human species, by flying as our emissaries out into space.

Emissaries of a species - as far as we know, unique on this planet, and likely unique in this solar system, and maybe beyond - who yearn to go beyond where we were born. A species that looks up to the sky, and wonders what is out there, beyond that, and what role we will play, just cosmic toddlers now, in that future. 

Teachers usually convey knowledge that others have discovered. Christa McAuliffe was set to discover and convey what she saw at the beginning of the vast world of space beyond our planet- when her journey was interrupted.

Barbara Morgan resumed that journey a few hours ago. We'll wait back here on Earth, eyes to the sky, to learn from her vision.

Realspace by Paul Levinson
dedicated to the crews of Challenger and Columbia