DECEMBER 2006 / JANUARY 2007 – NO. 11


Musings from Mission Command.

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Space is everywhere. There's the space between, the space around, the space we need. And then there's outerspace, the space in which our Earth spins and hurtles, where humanity has ventured and where, yes, things have gone lost.

Last June, LOST Magazine published its first special issue, "LOST at Sea."

And once again, LOST feels like a kind of ship, with this new special issue devoted to everything outerspace.

Though we've grown accustomed to a lack of gravity and the close quarters, it's always been clear that space isn't safe — there's cryo tanks to stir, and rockets to ride, and almost no space at all between our thin skins and the absent atmosphere.

But despite the challenges to science and self, space is the place. We're way up here conducting a spacewalk and in the detritus floating around us we've found a new short story, a couple of poems, five essays, and two pieces of memoir.

While we gaze at the Earth and monitor our oxygen levels, we'll be up here mourning the planet's lost dark skies, its space pioneers, and its video games. We'll be looking in on lens-makers, NASA politics, and what satellites see. We'll be hearing from astronauts, astronomers, and poets. And, as far as we are, we'll be feeling the pull of the tides.

So keep your eyes looking up and your ears tuned in; that's us, blinking and beeping to you from out here, spinning around in circles that, even at their furthest points, are bringing us home.

— Mission Commander, December 2006


Articles in this Issue

The Fate of the Universe Lies In Your Joystick, by R. Cade
Our Dark Skies, by Arthur Upgren
How Sound Travels, by Frank Smith
Ebb Tide, by Frank Womble
Fourteen men, a plaque, and a mission, on Apollo 15, by David Scott
Preempted, by Jim Lovell & Jeffrey Kluger
Our Hero Has a Small Problem, by Peter Twickler
Space Politics, by Jeff Foust
The Turbulent Lens, by Alan W. Hirshfeld
The View From Above, by Karen Rudnicki