Tuesday, December 11, 2018

BILL NELSON, WITH AN UNIMPRESSIVE RECORD ON SPACE, BIDS FAREWELL

Bill Nelson, the soon-to-be former senator from Florida, gave his farewell speech to the Senate on his favorite subject: how he saved the U.S. space program from ruin. The speech was partly maudlin platitudes, partly name dropping, and partly a good pat on Nelson’s own back. He failed to mention a couple of things, including the fact that NASA is headed back to the moon and that the Obama-era journey to Mars is defunct.

While the senator did touch on his experience as a space junketer, he omitted some crucial details.

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Wednesday, December 05, 2018

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Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Follow these students' example: If someone complains about your American flag, get a bigger one
Of flags on the Moon

The recent flap over the omission of the raising of the American flag on the lunar surface during the Apollo 11 mission in the new film First Man illustrates not only the importance of symbols in our understanding of history but how different people regard the same symbols differently. Some Americans were incensed at the omission of the flag raising at Tranquility Base. The makers of the film insist that their decision not to include that event was an artistic decision and one not meant to denigrate the unique role that the United States played in landing a man on the Moon.

With a number of nations aiming toward the exploration of the Moon, one is reminded that love of symbols such as national flags is not unique to Americans.

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