Friday, December 28, 2018

What is SpaceX doing in South Texas?

Something is happening at the SpaceX space port in Boca Chica in far South Texas that could change the world. Space News reports that a test article of the Big Falcon Rocket’s upper stage, dubbed “Starship,” is under construction at the SpaceX launch facility. The test rocket will be as wide as the operational Starship rocket but not as tall.

Student Found to Have Violated Title IX by Asking Another Student on a Date or why I'm glad I went to college in the seventies
China is infiltrating US space industry with investments
Looking for Solar Panels on Distant Planets
35 years ago, Isaac Asimov was asked by the Star to predict the world of 2019. Here is what he wrote
Dark Sanction (The Vampire Gabriella Book 1)
Astronauts on Mars? MSU professor helps NASA plan to keep them healthy
NASA will reach its most distant target yet on New Year's Day
How to watch live online as China attempts to land on the Moon

Wednesday, December 26, 2018


Bill Nye, the former “science guy” and president of the Planetary Society, recently declared in an interview that settling Mars and terraforming it into a reasonable analogue of Earth is “science fiction.” Robert Zubrin, the president of the Mars Society who dreams of a Mars frontier as a second branch of humanity and SpaceX’s Elon Musk, who wants to build a city on the Red Planet, are apparently living and working in vain.

The Man from Mars: The Asteroid Mining Caper
Salk scientists find genetic signatures of biological aging
The Last Moonwalker and Other Stories
Is the Gateway the right way to the moon?
NASA Astronauts Will Still Ride Russian Rockets After US Craft Arrive
How the Oumuamua mystery shook up the search for space aliens

Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to one and all, especially my family. For us, the season is a bitter sweet one since the loss of my dad occurred so close to Christmas. (By the way, Dad, I hope that the holiday revels in the afterlife are epic!)
SpaceX is building a 'test hopper' Mars spaceship in Texas — and Elon Musk says it could launch by March
Inside Bernie-world's war on Beto O'Rourke

My advice is to pass the popcorn. This left wing civil war is going to be epic.

Billionaire aims to jump-start search for alien life and rewrite rules of space exploration
Christmas in space: How Apollo 8 mission saved 1968
Dark Hunt (The Vampire Gabriella Book 2)
The space race is on the brink of becoming a violent land grab
Can Intelligence Buy You Happiness?
Mission To Mars Is "Stupid, Ridiculous," Says Ex-Astronaut, Blasts NASA

Tuesday, December 18, 2018


When Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry denied that the moon landing ever took place, NASA could have been forgiven if it had ignored him. Much of what comes out of the mouths of celebrities, be they athletes, actors, or musicians, tends to be drivel. However, someone in the new media-savvy NASA correctly determined that the space agency had been handed an opportunity. NASA duly invited Curry to visit the Johnson Spaceflight Center to see some moon rocks and talk to astronauts and scientists about the moon landing and see that it had indeed taken place.

Will SpaceX Really Be Flying People To Mars In 10 Years?
A Nuclear Tunneling Worm Could Help Us Find Out What's Beneath Europa's Ice
NASA Research Reveals Saturn is Losing Its Rings at "Worst-Case-Scenario" Rate
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announces 'self-care' break before congressional session even starts
Warrior's Heart
Rona Ramon, widow of astronaut killed in Columbia shuttle disaster, dies at 54
Big Bourgeois Theory
Israeli moon-bound craft to carry Holocaust survivor story, and best of humanity

Friday, December 14, 2018

The Weekly Standard RIP
China shoots for the far side of the moon

China’s moon program is part of that country’s drive for super-power status. Just as the United States reaped hefty soft-power dividends by beating the Soviets to the moon, China hopes to profit by showing that it too is capable of conducting deep space operations. The fact that Beijing will gain access to the abundant resources of the moon would not be a bad thing either, from China’s point of view.

However, recent developments in China’s economic posture may have long-term effects that would derail that country’s plans to use the exploration and later economic exploitation of the moon for its benefit.

NASA Won’t Be Going ‘Back’ to the Moon—It Wants to Go Beyond It
Dark Crusade: A Vampire Gabriella Story (The Vampire Gabriella Book 5)
NASA Doesn't Have Enough Nuclear Fuel For Its Deep Space Missions
Czar Vladimir? Putin Acolytes Want to Bring Back the Monarchy
Virgin Galactic's supersonic plane reaches space

Tuesday, December 11, 2018


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.

Here’s why China’s launch to the far side of the Moon is a big deal
The Man from Mars: The Asteroid Mining Caper
NASA Spacecraft Spots Signal of Water on Asteroid Bennu
7 easy ways you can tell for yourself that the moon landing really happened
We have the technology to build a colony on the moon. Let’s do it.

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Want to honor George H.W. Bush? Send astronauts to Mars
China’s New Space Race: U.S. Space Official Concerned China Is Skewing Commercial Space Competition
The old guard may be turning against the Russian space program
Beto O’Rourke, who’s pondering a 2020 presidential bid, met with Barack Obama
Rules in space
Blood test to detect cancer within just 10 minutes developed by scientists
Why is it So Hard to Go Back to the Moon?
China Is About To Launch A Daring Mission To Land On The Moon. So Why Do You Know Nothing About It?
NASA is going back to the moon, through Silicon Valley
The Space Exploration Initiative was George H. W. Bush's most magnificent failure

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.

Three ways to the Moon
Dark Hunt (The Vampire Gabriella Book 2)
Revisiting the Dyson Sphere
NASA astronaut Anne McClain arrives safely at International Space Station via Russian Soyuz
Curiosity rover spots 'shiny' object on Mars and NASA isn't sure what it is

Friday, November 30, 2018

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez goes to Washington
Robert Francis 'Beto' O'Rourke being touted as the next president
What NASA's InSight probe could tell us about life on Mars

NASA Mars InSight probe is the latest visitor from Earth to arrive on Mars.


Newly-elected Texas Democrat Lizzie Fletcher is basking in the afterglow of her victory over the soon-to- retire Rep. John Culberson, a Republican who has represented the state’s 7th congressional district since 2001. Fletcher has, by all accounts, promised to legislate in moderation and to find common ground while in Washington.

However, Fletcher also has some fences to mend because of a campaign strategy she pursued that attacked Culberson`s support of science, in particular, a telescope at the southern tip of South America and a mission to explore Jupiter’s moon Europa. Her campaign claimed that Culberson was neglecting the needs of the district in favor of science and space exploration.

However, by winning on this basis, Fletcher has caused a great deal of alarm in the scientific and space communities.

How NASA will get back to the moon: Make it cheaper and unite space sector

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced the first nine commercial companies that will become partners for America’s return to the moon. The companies will compete for a share of $2.6 billion to provide transportation services for the space agency to the moon’s surface. The commercial missions will involve small landers that can get to the lunar surface relatively cheaply.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine discusses agency's plans to return to Moon
You won't see Elon Musk smoking weed in public again, NASA admin says
NASA takes a tangible step back toward the Moon with commercial program
Stone Age Humans Feasted on Caviar
Warrior's Heart
Moon Direct SpaceX Falcon Heavy Plan is 6 Years Faster and 50 times Cheaper than NASA

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Murphy Brown,' 'Happy Together' to End After Initial Orders on CBS Good! She was irritating them and doubly so now. Now bring back Firefly.
Margaret Atwood Is Writing a Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale Apparently the sequel is inspired by Trump, which is funny, because the original was inspired by Reagan, the affable cold warrior who did not bring about the dystopia but instead ended the Soviet Union. The book remains one of the most stupid, unrealistic books of its sort ever written.
Why trees have wreaked havoc on Uber's self-driving program
Scientists Are Sending A 'Greenhouse' To Space To Practice Growing Tomatoes On The Moon And Mars
The Last Moonwalker and Other Stories
NASA Hears MarCO CubeSats Loud and Clear from Mars
NASA administrator: 'The US is returning to the surface of the moon, and we're doing it sooner than you think!'
Hidden history of Rome revealed under world’s first cathedral
Brave new world? Why the public might actually be ready for gene-edited babies
Latest Global Warming Lies from US Global Change Research Program

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

What NASA's InSight probe could tell us about life on Mars

NASA Mars InSight probe is the latest visitor from Earth to arrive on Mars.

After a voyage lasting nearly seven months, the probe entered the Martian atmosphere. For seven nail-biting minutes, the probe decelerated from 12,000 miles an hour to just five miles an hour. Then InSight touched down on the Elysium Planitia.

Trump Touts Mars Landing, Space Force at Mississippi Rally
The colonization of space
Gabriella's War (The Vampire Gabriella Book 4)
The Man Who Won the Moon Race
How to Land a Spaceship
The Dawn of Interplanetary Geology

Friday, November 23, 2018


When it was reported that NASA is suddenly going to conduct what it called a “safety review” of SpaceX and Boeing, the two companies that will soon be flying astronauts to and from the International Space Station, eyebrows raised and jaws dropped across the media. The space agency has been working closely with SpaceX for the past 10 years, and with Boeing since the Apollo program. Nevertheless, the reviews will be extensive and intrusive, involving inspections of facilities and interviews with hundreds of employees.

NASA lost key support to explore Jupiter's moon

One of the casualties of the 2018 midterm elections may be NASA’s plans to explore Europa, a moon of Jupiter thought to have a warm-water ocean beneath an icy surface and, perhaps, alien life. Rep. John Culberson, a Republican from Texas, an appropriations subcommittee chairman who championed efforts to explore Europa, was defeated at the polls by Democrat Lizzie Fletcher, a corporate lawyer. It was even the subject of a Culberson attack-ad.

Eric Swalwell's nuclear option for gun control blows up in his face
Robert Francis 'Beto' O'Rourke being touted as the next president

Shopping for Christmas?

Lakes on Mars Filled up so Quickly They Would Overflow Catastrophically Carving Canyons Within Weeks
Get Your Telescopes Ready: Neptune Is Coming
What Einstein Meant by 'God Does Not Play Dice'
NASA closes call for small payloads to study the surface of the Moon

Thursday, November 22, 2018