Sunday, August 09, 2020

SpaceX is building the road to the moon and Mars in Texas

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has had an incredible week. It started with the triumphant return of Dragon astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley from the International Space Station. The conclusion of their space mission was a curious combination of the modern and the retro. The Crew Dragon is a state-of-the-art spacecraft, yet it splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico dangling from parachutes just as they did during the Apollo program.

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Friday, August 07, 2020

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NASA's Maven observes Martian night sky pulsing in ultraviolet light
NASA Is About to Study Some Awfully Old Asteroids
NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Reveals Jupiter’s Unusual Electrical Storms: “Shallow Lightning” and “Mushballs”
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Monday, August 03, 2020

Is the Joe Biden for President Campaign About to Collapse?

NASA Watch has a rundown of the political reactions to the return of the Dragon astronauts. One should note the offputting way that both Joe Biden and Barack Obama pat themselves on the back. I rather prefer the statesmanlike response of Charles Bolden, Obama's NASA Administrator.

"Let’s try to resist the temptation to politicize this achievement and the realization of the dreams of thousands over many decades now. There’s enough credit to go around and success is always possible when no one cares who gets the credit! - Semper Fi! Charlie B."

Words of wisdom.

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