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Jatan Mehta
Independent Space Exploration Writer ~ Author of Moon Monday ~ Web Wonk ~ Human | Read my blog: https://jatan.space
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@pratik They’re somewhere in between the MagicPages homepage but to save you several scrolls, the MagicPages-offered themes are Vienna, Berlin, and Kyiv. The official Ghost themes are listed here.

Personally, I just use the default official Ghost theme, Source, for both my longform blogs. It looks great, IMO, and is reasonably customizable to provide a different look and feel for both blogs.

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Today I’m starting a little monthly newsletter for my friends on the Web, a calmer way to stay in touch against the slurp of social media. Here’s the first edition sharing notable things I’ve been up to or enjoyed lately: journal.jatan.space/newslette… 📝✨

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@moonmehta In case you’re wondering who else did this, the New York Times has called ISRO the local version of NASA, among other questionable ways to explain things: jatan.space/the-nyt-c...

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It’s high time western media publications stop calling national space agencies local versions of NASA. It’s hard to imagine readers of such outlets not understanding the terms “space agency” or “space organization”. Such headlines aren’t science communication but if anything a failure of that.

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@moonmehta

Rules to effectively use social media:

  • Be outraged about everything
  • Be woke across all of time
  • Never bring nuance
  • Signal disapproval, or cause an existential crisis
  • Get called out for not flicking your fingers in ways prescribed by stranger collectives
  • Do it all in 300 to 3,000 characters
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That look on a stranger extrovert’s face when they’re about to talk to you. 😶‍🌫️

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@pratik I hope more of the relevant people read this. But then again, it’s a bubble.

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@pratik I’m not writing longform on Micro.blog at all. My two blogs on Ghost are for that.

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@manton Do you plan on offering a daily newsletter option in email subscriptions? Weekly and monthly are nice but I imagine daily might be relevant for more time-sensitive posts.

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@manton Right now switching between blogs clears the editor text. It would be good to seamlessly switch blogs without having to lose the draft. As an example, Write.as does this.

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New research says Apollo lander rocket plumes blasted out at least 4x more lunar soil than previously thought. In the latest Moon Monday, I write how future robotic activities and astronauts in habitats will need protection from landers descending nearby—and where landing pads come in!

Image: NASA

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@manton Didn’t OpenAI make its market entry by not caring about the robots.txt file and only made the agent known after backlash?

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@kev Yes. Very happy about it.

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Purchased the Lifetime Pro plan for my space blog as well as Journal J. I’ve loved using Ghost for my blogs, and am convinced that with MagicPages, @jannisfedorukbetschki@mastodon.social offers the best, most accessible way to run a Ghost blog+newsletter—all with terrific support. 🚀👨🏻‍💻

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Taking the road in Bangalore will delay your ETA by 5 minutes in 2 minutes.

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Mission Director of India’s Chandrayaan 1 lunar orbiter has passed away jatan.space
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Would you consider time to publish a story or new development to be the most important aspect of journalism?

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LED bulbs with built-in batteries are such a cool idea. It has helped me conveniently ignore Bangalore’s abrupt power cuts.

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Amazing how in just a week China’s Chang’e 6 landed on the Moon’s farside, collected samples, made a rover image the lander, launched the samples in an ascender, which auto-docked with a lunar orbiter, and stashed the samples in an Earthbound capsule: https://jatan.space/moon-monday-issue-179 🤯🚀🌗

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@wonderingchimp Does this approach work well even if you send posts of different types?

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@gMoon I see what you mean. One of the reasons I find newsletters valuable even for personal blogs is that I’ve found many people to simply prefer it as a receiving source.

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@billy That’s a good point.

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@amoroso I’m glad that Write.as enabled you to do the most important thing: blog!

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Do you write a personal #newsletter? If so, what is it about? How did you decide to write it?

If you have a personal #blog but not a personal newsletter, why not?

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The Space Review republished my article on challenges faced by Indian private rocket companies Agnikul and Skyroot: https://www.thespacereview.com/article/4807/1

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I’m truly excited to welcome Astrolab—maker of advanced lunar rovers—as the latest yearly sponsor of my Moon Monday blog+newsletter! https://jatan.space/moon-monday-issue-179 🚀🌗

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Moon Monday #179: Chang’e 6 samples in lunar orbit, a fiery Starship, a critique of CLPS, and more jatan.space
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Enter the Chandrayaan coffee mug. Also from a47.in, who are sadly not sponsoring my exhaustive coverage of Chandrayaan Moon missions: https://jatan.space/tag/chandrayaan 🚀🌗

Graphic on the coffee mug shows drawings of the Moon, ISRO’s Chandrayaan 2 orbiter, the Chandrayaan 3 lander and rover, and the latter’s launch date, all on varying black or white backgrounds.
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Humans: Let’s meetup and chat all things X for hours.

Also humans: Let the location for it be a bar or pub, with loud music by default.

I will never understand people’s inability to understand not to do this. My throat is screwed after today’s meetup. -_-

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@pratik Which service disappointed now?

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Bangalore has much better metro cards than Mumbai. Can get one on demand without submitting any documents, which also makes it private. Recharge information is printed on the card itself, with many options. Recharging via a human at a station also works. Can it get any easier than this?

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New ISRO t-shirts from a47.in join the rest of the space-wear.

A black t-shirt with orange accents touting ISRO’s Aditya-L1 mission, a mint green t-shirt highlighting the GSLV Mk III rocket, and a black polo shirt sporting a fiery Gaganyaan capsule reentry patch.
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India’s most powerful rocket is on an inflection point. I wrote about ISRO’s efforts to ramp up LVM3’s production, key to the country’s human spaceflight, commercial launch, and planetary exploration ambitions: https://jatan.space/indian-space-issue-16/#preparing-for-human-spaceflight

Image: ISRO

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@moonmehta I think I’m liking Beehiv as a strong alternative to Substack.

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@KimberlyHirsh Thanks. I think it has all the key ingredients to be a good blogging platform for many but it’s newsletter-first positioning is what stops it.

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@moonmehta Honestly, I think @buttondown has all the key ingredients to be a good blogging platform for many but it’s newsletter-first positioning is what stops it.

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@kev I agree. But I want to encourage people to get started and write somewhere first—for which there’s already enough friction. As long as moving to another blogging platform is easy for most people, it’s okay. Substack made terrible decisions, yes, but at the end almost everyone who wanted to move out could.

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@moonmehta There’s also Telescope and Typehut but they don’t seem to have gotten any updates and fixes in years.

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Which is the best free blogging platform that allows sending newsletters? I want to recommend people a good alternative to Substack, and can think of these:

Please don’t say Medium or WordPress.

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No potential for confusion at all.

A metro station signboard showing two exit location names, with an arrow for each but which are placed such that the arrows seems to match opposite exits.
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@V_ I had hoped that the project wasn’t about the timeline but the flight itself.

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Is #dearMoon’s Starship flight cancellation purely a financial setback? I don’t think so: https://jatan.space/moon-monday-issue-178

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At this point, China is making lunar landings seem easy while other countries work towards achieving the complex task as a routine.

China lands one more time on the Moon’s farside: https://jatan.space/moon-monday-issue-178 🌗🛰️

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@pratik I’m pleasantly surprised by this outcome.

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@moonmehta In fact, I'd argue this to also be bad service. What if I chose bundled delivery for a specific date (from their provided options) because I might not be home on other days?