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Cosmic Search: Issue 11
(Volume 3 Number 3; Summer (July, Aug. Sept.) 1981)
[Miscellaneous items found throughout the magazine]

Miscellaneous Items
Webpage Table of Contents (Bookmarks)
(Internal links to categories of items in this webpage)

Information About the Publication
(Editorial Board, Editors, Table of Contents)

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COSMIC SEARCH - an international, interplanetary, interstellar, intergalactic magazine

Editors, and Others Involved in the Publication

Editor: John Kraus, Director, Ohio State University Radio Observatory

Contributing Editors:
   Robert S. Dixon, Ohio State University
   Frank D. Drake, Cornell University
   Robert H. VanHorn, Bell Telephone Laboratories (retired)

Assistants: Alice Kraus, Amahl Drake, Pene Curmode, Hazel Snyder

Staff Artist: Jim Arthur

Editorial Board

  • Richard Berendzen, President, The American University
  • John Billingham, Director SETI Program, NASA-AMES Research Center
  • Ronald Bracewell, Director, Radio Astronomy Observatory, Stanford University
  • Arthur C. Clarke, Sri Lanka, author of "2001, A Space Odyssey"
  • Norman Cousins, Chairman, Editorial Board, SATURDAY REVIEW
  • Frank D. Drake, Director, National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center (Arecibo), Cornell University
  • Donald S. Hall, Director, Strasenburgh Planetarium, Rochester, New York; Past President, International Planetarium Society
  • Theodore M. Hesburgh, President, University of Notre Dame
  • Nikolai Kardashev, Space Research Institute, Academy of Sciences, Moscow, USSR
  • Philip Morrison, Physics Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Bernard Oliver, Vice President, Hewlett-Packard Company; Director of NASA-Ames Cyclops Project
  • Cyril Ponnamperuma, Director, Laboratory of Chemical Evolution, University of Maryland
  • Martin Rees, Director, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge University, England
  • Carl Sagan, Director, Laboratory for Planetary Studies, Cornell University
  • Walter Sullivan, Science Editor, New York Times
  • Vasevolod R. Troitsky, Radiophysical Scientific Research Institute, Gorky, USSR
  • Sebastian von Hoerner, National Radio Astronomy Observatory


COSMIC SEARCH is published quarterly (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall) by Cosmic-Quest, Inc. Copyright © 1981 by Cosmic-Quest, Inc. All rights reserved. Cosmic Quest, Inc., is a non-profit educational-scientific organization.

Opinions expressed by persons writing in COSMIC SEARCH are their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editorial staff.

Subscription price: $10 for 4 issues in U.S. (and possessions), $13 elsewhere. Single copies: $2.50 in U.S. (and possessions), $3 elsewhere.

Address subscriptions and all other correspondence to: Radio Observatory, Box 293, Delaware, Ohio 43015.

Second-class postage is paid at Delaware, Ohio, and at additional mailing offices.

Front Cover

Old Planet Earth spins on. North Africa and Saudi Arabia at top with Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. Antarctica at bottom. (Photo courtesy of NASA)

Front Cover Image

Table of Contents (in magazine)

The Age of the Universe: An Interview with William A. Fowler4
Toward a Cosmic Brain
by Don Lago
Space Travel and Life Beyond the Earth
by Ernst J. Öpik
The Cereal Box Syndrome
by Robert A. Freitas, Jr
Time and a Cosmic Perspective
by Richard Berendzen
   College Courses9
   In Review13
   Perpetual Index14
   Order Blank15
   ABCs of Space18


COSMIC SEARCH expresses sincere thanks to the following donors who are helping to make sure that the story of SETI and mankind's future continue to be told in an interesting and factual way.

     Planetary Donors
Robert J. Allen, Blythdale, Missouri
George Austin, M.D., Loma Linda, Cal.
Jane L. Brooks, Adelaide, S. Australia
Vera Buescher, Mountain View, Cal.
Jack Craig, Oregon City, Oregon
William E. Dorion, McLean, Virginia
Amahl S. Drake, Ithaca, New York
Harry Duke, Los Altos, Cal.
Nancy F. Eberbach, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Hale P. Faris, San Jose, Cal.
B. Fredricksen, White Bear Lake, Minn.
Richard and Maria Gauthier, North Bay, Ontario
Paul J. Hurn, Seven Mile, Ohio
James C. Killman, Sherman, Texas
David M. Laida, Sierra Vista, Arizona
Nelson Lecklikner, Novata, Cal.
John L. Mohr, San Antonio, Texas
Arthur J. Morgan, New York, N. Y.
William Rhodes, Phoenix, Arizona
A. V. Shaver, Winchester, Virginia
Paul Simmons, Sheboygan, Wis.
Eric W. Six, Iowa City, Iowa
John B. Theiss, Tucson, Arizona
Inge Bjart Torkildsen, Montiquar, France
Dennis Wildfogel, Pomona, N.J.
One Anonymous

     Stellar Donors
Jane L. Brooks, Adelaide, S. Australia
Keith Conrad, Toledo, Ohio
George L. Douglass, II, Reno, Nev.
John Fadum, Boca Raton, Florida
David C. Halley, Colonial Hts., Vir.
Virginia Shaver, Winchester, Vir.
Paul Simmons, Sheboygan, Wis.
John Teetor, Marion, Ohio
C.L. Turnage, Camarillo, California

     Cosmic Donors
Two anonymous

COSMIC SEARCH, published by a non-profit scientific-educational organization, has been granted tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service, so contributions are tax-deductible (but subscriptions are not). On a combination donation-subscription or donation-renewal, the amount over and above the magazine cost is tax deductible. For example, if a donor sends $30 (qualifying as a "Planetary Donor") and includes a two-year subscription at $18, the $12 difference is tax-deductible.

Donation categories are as follows:
     Planetary: $30 per year
     Stellar: $100 per year
     Galactic: $500 per year
     Cosmic: $1000 per year

Contributions, however, will be gratefully accepted in any amount. Checks should be made payable to Cosmic Quest, Inc., P.O. Box 293, Delaware, Ohio 43015.


For best papers on SETI

    Category 1. Undergraduate students
    Category 2. Graduate students
    Category 3. Anyone else under 30 years of age

Papers may be on any aspect of the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Papers must be double-spaced typewritten with one inch margins on 81/z by 11 inch bond paper and less than 2000 words in length. Any illustrations must be clearly executed.

Authors of best papers will be given a COSMIC SEARCH AWARD of $100 and the paper will be published in COSMIC SEARCH. Authors should include their full address and telephone number. Authors should enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope if they wish to have their manuscripts returned.

Manuscripts may be submitted at any time. Their review is a continuous, on-going process. Each article received is reviewed by a special committee and if judged worthy, either in its original form or after revisions, will be given a COSMIC SEARCH AWARD. The opinion of the committee is final.

A contestant may submit and have under review only one manuscript at a time and be eligible for only one COSMIC SEARCH AWARD in one category. However, it is possible for one person to achieve COSMIC SEARCH AWARDS sequentially in each of the three categories.

Address COSMIC SEARCH AWARD Committee, Radio Observatory, P.O. Box 293, Delaware, Ohio 43015.

Coming in the Next Issues

"The First 50 Years of Radio Astronomy, Part 1: Karl Jansky and His Discovery of Radio waves from our Galaxy" by John Kraus, pioneer radio astronomer and Editor of COSMIC SEARCH. Contains many fascinating details not previously publicized. The article commemorates the 50th anniversary of Jonsky's discovery and is the first of a 5 part series of articles.
"Martian Safari" by Dorothy Wills
"Early Radio astronomy" by Grote Reber
"Olber's Paradox" by Robert VanHorn
"Life on Other Stars" by Harlow Shapley
And much more. Don't miss these coming issues.

Miscellaneous Quotes

The following quotes are not directly associated with any article.

The following two quotes were located on the Inside Back Cover.

    A Taurus Thesaurus

An erudite lady named Morris,
Beamed a megawatt message at Taurus.
What they actually gets,
In short binary sets,
Is the full text of Roget's Thesaurus.
      W.R.C. Shedenhelm


The human zest for exploration and discovery is the hallmark of our species and one of the secrets of its success.
      Carl Sagan


The following quote was located on page 3.

Planet Earth Spins on While Civilizations Come and Go

Our present civilization has reached an advanced stage of development. From the cave-dweller of Olduvai Gorge to Kitty Hawk took millions of years but it was only 66 years from Kitty Hawk to the Moon's Sea of Tranquility. This accelerating pace of technology exemplified by the Space Shuttle can carry us permanently on out into the "New World of Space," a region of vastly greater potential than the "New World" Columbus found five centuries ago. But expediency and failure to look ahead could defeat our chances for advancement.

Our civilization teeters on a high, precarious pinnacle that is extremely vulnerable to pollution, resource depletion and nuclear annihilation. Will there be the planning and cooperation needed for our present civilization to survive or will it go the way of civilizations before us? Are there lessons we can learn from those that didn't make it?

Curiously, we are both very scientific and at the same time very unscientific. We are an ambivalent society where science has its active counterparts with astrologers outnumbering astronomers and horoscopes outnumbering telescopes. Furthermore, I suspect that most of us are a lot more superstitious than we would care to admit.

Seen from afar, Planet Earth is a beautiful, blue jewel, a single globe of wholeness and unity. Although battered by meteors, asteroids and man's depredations, old Planet Earth has durability. It will go spinning on even though civilizations, ours among them, come and go.

John Kraus


The following quote was located on page 21.

It Seemed So Much Like the Past

It seemed so much like the past.
It was all here again, the sights
and sounds and excitement
made familiar from so many years:
the waiting crowds along the highways
and the beaches, the metal towers
rising beside the sea, the rows
of men and consoles at Mission Control,
the newsmen and experts explaining,
the steady counting down towards zero.
It seemed like 1961 and 1962 and 1965,
but most of all like a day in July of 1969,
for on Pad 39-A stood
a spacecraft called Columbia.
It seemed so much like the past,
but no, a closer look revealed that
Neil Armstrong was twelve years older
and sitting in the stands,
and when the engines fired and
a real spaceship leaped into the sky,
it seemed so much like the future.
      Don Lago

Miscellaneous Photo

The following photo is not directly associated with any article.

The following photo was located on the Inside Back Cover.

Inside back cover photo; new stamps about the space program


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