Ken Pond

The Enigmatic Kepler-44 Triple-Star System

Artist's depiction of Kepler-444 triple-star system with five Earth-sized planets in the Lyra constellation.

Discovered by the University of Birmingham-led team in 2015, the Kepler-444 system is a celestial marvel, holding the title of the oldest known system with Earth-sized planets. Situated in the constellation of Lyra, approximately 119 light-years from Earth, this system intrigues astronomers with its unique structure — a primary star orbited closely by five planets smaller than Venus, and a companion star in a highly eccentric orbit. The Kepler mission’s transit method data has been pivotal in studying this system’s unusual planetary dynamics, which challenge preconceived notions of planetary motion. Researchers employ the Numerical Analysis of Fundamental Frequencies (NAFF) to decipher the complex orbital dance of these planets. With the addition of high-precision data from instruments like HIRES and Gaia, and observations hinting at a possible sixth planet, Kepler-444 continues to redefine our understanding of planet formation and evolution in multi-star systems.

Stellar Tapestry: Mirroring America’s Diverse Counties in the Galactic Quest for Life


The diverse counties of the United States as a microcosm of the vast and varied star systems in the Milky Way. From the dense, lively populations of major metropolitan areas to the serene, sparsely inhabited rural counties, each region on Earth mirrors a potential counterpart in the cosmos.

Mike Leinbach: A Story of Leadership and Legacy in Space

Michael Leinbach surrounded by symbols of space exploration: a space telescope, a space shuttle in flight, a NASA control room, and the vastness of outer space. Mathematical equations float in the background, highlighting his role in scientific advancements. In the foreground, Leinbach is depicted as a distinguished figure leading a crowd, symbolizing his leadership and impact in the field of space exploration.

Mike Leinbach, a name synonymous with resilience and innovation in the annals of NASA, has made indelible contributions to the space program. Renowned for his blend of technical expertise and exceptional human empathy, Leinbach’s journey in NASA is a narrative of groundbreaking achievements and critical learnings, especially during tumultuous times like the Columbia disaster. His human-centric approach to leadership fostered a culture of safety, transparency, and compassion, reshaping NASA’s operational ethos to strike a delicate balance between bold innovation and uncompromising safety.

Journey Through the Cosmos: IMAX’s ‘Deep Sky’ Brings the Universe to Life with Stunning James Webb Telescope Imagery

Excited crowd at the premiere of 'Deep Sky', an IMAX documentary about the James Webb Space Telescope, outside the Airbus IMAX Theater at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.

“Deep Sky” takes audiences on a cosmic journey, showcasing breathtaking images from the beginning of time and space, and providing a glimpse into the exoplanets orbiting other stars. These stunning visuals, captured by the JWST and presented in IMAX, promise to provide an unparalleled experience of the cosmos.

Rewriting Physics: Paradox-Free Time Travel May Be Within Reach

Illustration of Germain Tobar's time travel theory, depicting space-time as a flexible fabric with a time traveler altering past events, surrounded by Einstein's relativity equations.

Dive into the realm of theoretical physics with this captivating illustration of Germain Tobar’s innovative time travel theory. It visually interprets the concept of a flexible space-time fabric, a central element in Tobar’s research, which suggests the possibility of time travel without traditional paradoxes. This image is a gateway to understanding how Tobar’s theory merges with Einstein’s principles, offering a new perspective on time travel’s feasibility and its implications in modern physics.

India’s Chandrayaan-3 Set for Historic Moon Landing

The Galactic Medallion Blog New Delhi — In a significant advancement for its space exploration program, India is set to launch the Chandrayaan-3 mission on Friday, July 14, at 9:05 am UT (2:35 pm local time), marking a new chapter in the nation’s journey into space and its burgeoning role in space commerce. The mission’s India’s Chandrayaan-3 Set for Historic Moon Landing

NASA’s Daring Dragonfly: A Voyage to Saturn’s Mysterious Moon

The Galactic Medallion Blog In an ambitious quest that seems to leap straight from the pages of a science fiction novel, NASA is preparing to embark on a groundbreaking journey to Saturn’s enigmatic moon, Titan, with its Dragonfly mission. WASHINGTON — NASA’s Dragonfly mission, a futuristic endeavor set to explore Titan, Saturn’s most mysterious moon, NASA’s Daring Dragonfly: A Voyage to Saturn’s Mysterious Moon

Bridging Space and Society: The Synergy of Burt Dicht, NSS, and Galactic Medallion

The Galactic Medallion Blog In the vast expanse of space exploration and advocacy, few names resonate as profoundly as Burt Dicht, the managing director of membership for the National Space Society (NSS). His journey with NSS, a cornerstone in the advocacy for space exploration, is a testament to a lifelong passion for the cosmos. Dicht’s Bridging Space and Society: The Synergy of Burt Dicht, NSS, and Galactic Medallion