Saturday, July 20, 2019

Why Apollo 11 Matters

Apollo 11: 50 Years Later

Returning to the moon to gain soft political power
How ice on the moon can get us to Mars
Returning to the moon for rocket fuel and clean energy
Going back to the moon for science
We Choose To Go To The Moon Again: The Scientific Reasons Why Humans Must Return To Lunar Surface
NASA's plan to return to the Moon with Project Artemis
On 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing, here's why 'moon truthers' still exist
Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin complains about current U.S. lunar ability
What Is the Apollo 11 Landing Site Like Now?
What the moon landings taught us
Race back to space

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Top Gun: Maverick - Official Trailer (2020) - Paramount Pictures

I have the need -- for speed!
Natural compound found in grape skins, berries, and red wine, could help Mars explorers stay fit
Chandrayaan-2 Moon mission launch rescheduled for July 22: ISRO
Artemis cost estimate won’t be ready until 2020
The Greatest Leap, part 2: The 50/50 bet that won the Space Race for America
NASA boss pleads for steady moon mission funding
NASA’s large SLS rocket unlikely to fly before at least late 2021
NASA celebrates Moon landing with immersive Apollo-era panoramas

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

"Bridges" | Scherie Murray for Congress

AOC gets an opponent and boy is she impressive!
How will we experience the next moon landing?

People who were not directly involved with the Apollo 11 moon landing, 50 years ago, experienced the event in a passive manner, sitting in front of an analog television set, watching the transmissions from the lunar surface while commentators described what was happening on another world in awestruck, breathless tones. It is estimated that 500 million people watched the first moon landing on a planet that contained just 3.5 billion people. Apollo 11 was the most watched and most expensive reality show in human history.

NASA bets on spacecraft that can 3D print and self-assemble in orbit
How Moon Landing Conspiracy Theories Spread Before the Internet
To the moon and beyond 3: The new space race and what winning it looks like
Artemis: A Novel
The Last Moonwalker and Other Stories
NASA Takes A New Look At Apollo 11's Lunar Touchdown
The Greatest Leap, part 1: How the Apollo fire propelled NASA to the Moon
Apollo 11's 50th: NASA asks East Tennessee artist to create mosaic using 'Moon Wood'

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

NASA Exploration Chief’s Ouster Is Great News For Trump’s Moon Mission

Bill Gerstenmaier has been running NASA’s human space flight directorate since 2005. His tenure lasted through three administrations. He is a popular and well-respected NASA manager.

Yet, the fact that President Bush’s Project Constellation and President Obama’s Road to Mars never made it to the launchpad suggested that he was not the man to run President Trump’s Artemis “return to the moon” program. In the interest of getting Americans back to the moon by 2024, Gerstenmaier had to go.

Apollo 11 Launch (Original NASA Video)

50 years ago today...
Going Back: Why returning to the moon is so important for the U.S.
The canceled Apollo missions to the moon would have been epic
SpaceX finally reveals cause of April spacecraft explosion
There’s a slight problem with Russia’s proposed Federation spacecraft
How to fight a war in space (and get away with it)
The Moon, Mars, and Beyond
Why is it So Hard to Go Back to the Moon?
Mapping the moon for Apollo
Apollo 11 flight director remembers historic mission to the Moon
The Moment That Made Neil Armstrong’s Heart Rate Spike

Friday, July 12, 2019

Hey. Americans Change Their Mind: Majority Now Favor A Manned Mars Mission

Jim Bridenstine pours cold water on Keith Cowing's absurd rumormongering about a pivot to Mars.

It was very brief. I had seen him in the media talk about Mars a lot, and I just reached out and wanted to make sure that we were in alignment. We want to talk about Mars, and certainly, we want to go to the Moon to get to Mars because that’s the path.

And he said, “Absolutely. You got to go to the Moon to get to Mars because I certainly understand that.” He also says he wants us to talk about Mars. He said that’s the generational thing that will inspire the nation, and he says, “So keep talking about Mars.” And so that’s what we’re doing.

The canceled Apollo missions to the moon would have been epic

However, three more missions to the moon — Apollos 18, 19 and 20 — could have been flown, but instead were canceled. All of the hardware for these missions had already been built, and trained astronauts were ready to fly. The savings of those cancellations amounted to only a few tens of millions of dollars.

Why the Moon Landings Footage Would Have Been Impossible to Fake
The New Space Race: NASA, China, and Jeff Bezos
The women of NASA are looking to the lunar horizon
The Dish
The Man from Mars: The Asteroid Mining Caper
NASA administrator explains decision to replace head of human spaceflight programs
Senators working on “bold” new NASA authorization bill
NASA telescope detects supermassive black hole that shouldn't exist

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The irrepressible Keith Cowing is spreading rumors again.

"There is a pervasive rumor circulating in the space sector that the President will make a statement associated w/the #Apollo11 anniversary. It would supposedly have more to do w/Mars than #moon2024. Sources talk about a 24 Jul event at @NASA - maybe JSC. #rumor #hearsay #gossip "

I can believe that the President is going to make a speech for the 50th Anniversary of Apollo. In fact, I advised him to do so recently.

However, I don’t think he’s going to abandon the moon and try to go directly to Mars. As recently as the 4th of July celebration on the Washington Mall the president was careful to mention going back to the moon and going to Mars to Gene Kranz in front of a million people, not to mention the millions more who watched on TV. I think he will talk about going back to the moon and going to Mars as two things that are linked. But he should do it at Rice University rather than JSC. The symbolism would be unmistakable.

Protecting America’s Future Means Militarizing Space Today

The Roman general Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus said, “If you want peace, prepare for war.”

The statement was true when Roman legions guarded the Pax Romana. It is true today as America’s armed forces maintain a fragile peace throughout the world. It will be true in the future when humanity expands beyond Earth. That means we need a Space Force to keep peace on the high frontier.

NASA’s Fuel-less Space Engine Has Been Tested
NASA grows garden on International Space Station
Lunar GPS? NASA Knows How to Help Astronauts Navigate
The Last Moonwalker and Other Stories
Can We Use Special Sails To Bring Old Satellites Back Down To Earth?
What Will Life on Mars Be Like?
Head of NASA’s human exploration program demoted as agency pushes for Moon return