Thursday, January 31, 2013

Feb. 1, 2013 is the 10th anniversary of the death of the space shuttle Columbia and her gallant crew. I offer the following sentiments, one published about a week later, the other three years ago.

We are called to open up the heavens

How the Space Shuttle Columbia Died

Then there is this, from Kipling:

"We have fed our sea for a thousand years

And she calls us, still unfed,

Though there's never a wave of all her waves

But marks our English dead:

We have strawed our best to the weed's unrest,

To the shark and the sheering gull.

If blood be the price of admiralty,

Lord God, we ha' paid in full!"

There is a price of admiralty for the airless sea of space as well. It will be paid, in part, in tears and in blood.

Ted Cruz gives Chuck Hagel the mother of all rhetorical beatings.

Lockheed Martin to Provide Help to Sierra Nevada for Dream Chaser Spacecraft
Wayne Hale offers lessons from the Columbia disaster. I particularly like the quote, "In God we trust. All others bring data."
Former Texas Rep. Ron Paul Decries American Involvement in Mali
The Renewed Economic Slowdown Shows Re-elections Have Consequences
Will Hagel's Anti-Green Policy Sink His Defense Secretary Nomination?
Texas Gov. Rick Perry touts commercial space in State of the State address
'The Americans': The Cold War from the Enemy's Perspective

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Lee Roop has an Alabama perspective on the WSJ call to cancel the Space Launch system. In the meantime, Rand Simberg offers this: "Unfortunately, it makes lots of sense once you understand that the purpose is not to actually do anything useful in space. That’s just lagniappe, if we’re lucky enough to get it."

One sometimes get the impression that SLS foes really don't think that space exploration constitutes "anything useful in space." I could only wish that they were more honest about that belief

Israel Commemorates the Columbia Disaster and the Death of Ilan Ramon
SpaceX's Elon Musk offers space capable lithium ion batteries to rival Boeing
Texas Gov. Rick Perry Proposes Tax Rebate Constitutional Amendment
Why Sarah Palin Remains Relevant in Her Post-Fox News Era
Obama Risks All by Threatening to Blow Up Immigration Reform
'Dallas' Season Two: The Return of the Ewings, the Most Wicked Family in Texas

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Cancelling NASA's Space Launch System for commercial space a disastrous idea

This is in response to Commercial Space Exploration Needs an Obama Relaunch

One would have thought that Robert Walker, having been a member of Congress, would have been more politically savvy than to propose such a foolish idea as cancelling the Space Launch System

NASA develops lunar mning robot prototype, RASSOR

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Could a Remake of 'Ben Hur' Really Work?

I should have known that Obama was just appeasing the Galactic Empire when he declined to build a Death Star.

IMPERIAL CENTER, CORUSCANT – The overwhelming military superiority of the Galactic Empire has been confirmed once again by the recent announcement by the President of the United States that his nation would not attempt to build a Death Star, despite the bellicose demands of the people of his tiny, aggressive planet. “It is doubtless that such a technological terror in the hands of so primitive a world would be used to upset the peace and sanctity of the citizens of the Galactic Empire,“ said Governor Wilhuff Tarkin of the Outer Rim Territories. “Such destructive power can only be wielded to protect and defend by so enlightened a leader as Emperor Palpatine.”

Representatives on behalf of the nation-state leader from the unimaginatively named planet refused to acknowledge the obvious cowardice of their choice, preferring instead to attribute the decision to fiscal responsibility. “The costs of construction they cited were ridiculously overestimated, though I suppose we must keep in mind that this miniscule planet does not have our massive means of production,” added Admiral Conan Motti of the Imperial Starfleet.

Emissaries of the Emperor also caution any seditious elements within the Galactic Senate not to believe Earth’s exaggerated claims of there being a weakness in the Death Star design. “Any attacks made upon such a station – should one ever be built – would be a useless gesture,” added Motti.

'Bones' Delves into a Neolithic Hate Crime Or was it Really a Hate Crime?
NASA, Canadian Space Agency Begins Satellite Refueling Experiment
Russia plans three missions fo the moon from new far eastern cosmodrome
Texas Rep. Steve Stockman Threatens Impeachment of Obama Over Gun Control
Implications Profound for Study: Reading Great Literature Strengthens the Brain
Obama Does Not React Well to Criticism; Should Learn from it Instead

Monday, January 07, 2013

Leonardo Da Vinci as you have never seen him before

To Prevent Gun Violence, Require Everyone to Own a Gun


Encourage Legal Gun Ownership While Keeping Them from Criminals and the Insane

Previously on '24' Janeane Garofalo Goes Berserk Over Fictional Female Presidents
Neil Armstrong the Center of Controversy Months After His Death
Texas Legislature to Wrestle Over What to Do with Unexpected Budget Surplus
NASA testing method to turn space trash into radiation shielding
Obama Takes Great Risks in Nominating Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense
Why New York Tried to Hide a Pro-Fracking Report
NASA's Kepler Telescope: 100 Billion Planets, Some May Be Other Earths
Dewhurst Confrms Intention to Run for Re-Election as Texas Lieutenant Governor
2016 Republican Nominee Will Run Against Washington, Big Government
The Washington Establishment is Not Suited to Vetting Candidates
'Once Upon a Time' -- Regina's Quest for Redemption Suffers a Setback

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Being Blind in One Eye Can Have Life-Long Effects
Apple applies for patent to store excess wind energy for later use
Select some iconic movies like "Return of the Jedi" and "The Dark Knight" and then introduce Navy SEALs.
Mars's moon Phobos could be explored by spikey 'hedgehogs'
House Passes Bill Renaming NASA Aeronautical Facility After Neil Armstrong
Texas Senators Vote for Fiscal Cliff Bill; Most Texas House Members Vote Against
The Fiscal Cliff Bill Means Less Money and a Lost Opportunity
Sarah Palin Being Tarred with Relatives' Divorces Shows She is Not Irrelevant
Exposing Hollywood Gun Hypocrisy Too Easy -- But Necessary