Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Science-Based Community and E-Cigarettes
Children of Apollo (3 Book Series)

July, 1969, the crew of Apollo 11 has triumphantly returned to Earth. In this alternate history thriller, President Richard Nixon puts into a motion a scheme to ramp up the space race to pressure the Soviets into making diplomatic and military concessions. Thus begins a story of high adventure on the final frontier and of low intrigue in the corridors of power back on Earth. It will prove to be the fulfillment of a dream for Wendy Pendleton to be the first woman to walk on the moon. It will be a nightmare for Cal Lauren, a political operative determined to stop the space race at all costs to fund the social programs he holds dear.

These Organic-Inspired Planetary Landers Could Help NASA Reach Other Worlds
Mars mission advocates see benefits in NASA’s lunar exploration plans
China developing new launch vehicle for human spaceflight, future moon missions
Sun’s closest solo star may have company

Friday, November 09, 2018

How will the 2018 midterms affect NASA space policy?

The 2018 midterm elections featured the switch of the House from Republican control to Democratic control, the increase of Republican control in the Senate, and the fall of at least three space supporters from public office.

Decline and fall: why America always thinks it’s going the way of Rome
Rick Scott sues Broward, Palm Beach counties over election results
Which First Man? Film Doesn't Depict Real Neil Armstrong (Op-Ed)
NASA's Sun-Kissing Solar Probe Survives 1st Flyby of Our Star
Report: NASA and Yuri Milner Working Together on Life-Hunting Mission to Enceladus

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Lost in space: Bill Nelson joins NASA’s list of losers
What the 2018 midterms mean for NASA and planetary science
Ripples in Space-Time Could Reveal the Shape of Wormholes
Make Outer Space Great Again

"Presidents have often alluded to manifest destiny when discussing space exploration: outer space is the next frontier. Presidential administrations have often conflated the imperative to pursue new knowledge with an American duty to lead other nations towards the stars. However, Vice President Mike Pence has recast the conversation in a way that hasn’t been present since the space race of the 1980s: cosmic exploration as a proxy for Christian nationalism. Pence’s rhetoric around the cosmos is a perfect vehicle through which he can solidify President Trump’s evangelical base. The nationalism that’s being sold in these speeches however, may shift space policies away from the international collaboration and back toward Cold War-era antagonism."

A remarkable screed filled with both ignorance of the roots of American space policy and hostility toward religion

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

ANOTHER SPACE COMPANY IS IN THE MOON RACE

Moon Express, a company based in Florida, was one of the five competitors of the Google Lunar XPrize that vowed to continue its mission to the lunar surface when the competition ended without a winner.

But rumors of cash flow problems at the company persisted, according to Space News, which threatened its ability to send its robot probe to the moon.

Two recent developments have brought Moon Express back in the game and buttressed its status as a player in the new, private push to the moon, which also includes another American company, Astrobotic, Israel’s SpaceIL and Japan’s iSpace, among others.

The prize may ultimately be wealth beyond the dreams of avarice.

Election results 2018: Forget the blue wave and behold the purple puddle
Ted Cruz defeats Beto O'Rourke, wins re-election battle
Split Decision
A new era in spaceflight: Back to the moon on the way to Mars
Will NASA’s Next Mission to Venus Be a Balloon?

Monday, November 05, 2018

Racing China to the high frontier

The last time the United States mounted expeditions to the Moon, the effort was part of a race with the Soviet Union. The Apollo 11 mission constituted a victory in that race with subsequent flights serving as victory laps. The United States not only won bragging rights for being the first and, thus far, only nation to land people on the Moon, but also established technological supremacy over the Soviets that the rival superpower never recovered.

A new space race is developing for a prize greater than the one won in the first Moon competition.

Fifty years later, the United States, this time with allies, is embarking on a return to the Moon, this time to eventually establish a lunar base. The outpost is envisioned to be a center of scientific research and commercial development that will enrich the participants in ways that are currently beyond evaluation.

However, China also has designs on the Moon, which do not bode well for the American-led alliance. A new space race is developing for a prize greater than the one won in the first Moon competition

Former NASA chief visits Space Coast, stumps for Sen. Bill Nelson

Charlie Bolden and Bill Nelson go way back to the time they flew on the shuttle together, the mission the then congressman strong armed his way onto. Later, Nelson all but hand-picked Bolden to be Obama’s NASA administrator. Now Bolden is returning the favor.

To the moon and beyond
Republicans Reach for the Moon
NASA'S OSIRIS-REx zooms in on Bennu
A cure for cancer: how to kill a killer
New antimatter gravity experiments begin at CERN
Can Life Have Meaning in a Random Universe?

Saturday, November 03, 2018

Why DARPA Is Betting a Million Bucks on an "Impossible" Space Drive or why the EM Drive ia not dead yet.
Manifesto of the Committee to Abolish Outer Space

1 Humanity will never colonize Mars, never build moon bases, never rearrange the asteroids, never build a sphere around the sun.

2 There will never be faster-than-light travel. We will not roam across the galaxy. We will not escape our star.

3 Life is probably an entirely unexceptional phenomenon; the universe probably teems with it. We will never make contact. We will never f--k green-skinned alien babes.

4 The human race will live and die on this rock, and after we are gone something else will take our place. Maybe it already has, without our even noticing.

5 All this is good. This is a good thing

No it's not. Especially (3)

Election news? Cruz vs O’Rourke race puts NASA’s future on the Texas ballot and How NASA became an election issue for Rep. John Culberson
The Moon, the Stars and the Blockchain
Mysterious interstellar asteroid 'Oumuamua could be a giant solar sail 'sent from another civilization to look for signs of life,' claim astronomers
Slightly heavier than a toothpick, the first wireless insect-size robot takes flight

Friday, November 02, 2018

Pompeo: Trump Reimposing All Sanctions On Iran Effective Immediately and some of the cast members of Game of Throne are not pleased
Poll: Dana Rohrabacher Takes 9-Point Lead in CA-48, Holds Back ‘Blue Wave' A champion of commercial space the Bloomberg machine is trying to take down.
To the Moon and beyond: Airbus delivers powerhouse for NASA's Orion spacecraft
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Captures Stunning View of Asteroid Bennu Ahead of Arrival
NASA is working on a nuclear fission system that could help humans reach Mars
NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is dead

Thursday, November 01, 2018

FREEDOM IS BASIC







Real feminism
We Are About to Enter a New Era of Space Stations
TV report: Israel silent as Iran hit by computer virus more violent than Stuxnet
NASA's mission to Jupiter's Trojans given the green light for development
Embattled Thirty Meter Telescope scores big win in Hawaii’s highest court
RIP, Kepler: NASA's Revolutionary Planet-Hunting Telescope Runs Out of Fuel
Houston, We Have a Political Problem: Anti-Space Campaign Ad Airs

I raise this topic because I see that Lizzie Fletcher, a congressional candidate in the Texas 7th district, has launched an anti-space campaign television ad. Her attack on John Culberson, the Chair of the House appropriations subcommittee for science, is so childishly produced that any educated person might think it doesn’t warrant a response. However, when a serious candidate from the Houston area can go on the attack against a NASA program and get the backing of the local paper, everyone in the space and science communities had better wake up. This sort of politicking must be firmly confronted, least it gain traction among the campaign staff of otherwise well meaning candidates from either side.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Moon Direct: A purpose-driven plan to open the lunar frontier
Election news? Cruz vs O’Rourke race puts NASA’s future on the Texas ballot and How NASA became an election issue for Rep. John Culberson

Keith Cowing, in his usual dishonest way, quotes from the Houston Chronicle editorial endorsing Lizzie Fletcher without providing any context. However, Tom Matula, in the comments, has some interesting information:

...but it’s also a matter of someone making a case out of an issue beyond his control. The Addicks and Barker Dams were built by the U.S. Army Corps of engineers in the 1940’s to prevent Buffalo Bayou from flooding the city of Houston. Both were located in an area of woodlands/meadows and intended to hold the water there to allow a slower controlled release during heavy rain events. Then about 20 years ago the county allowed developers to start building expensive housing in the “beautiful” and “natural” setting. When Hurricane Harvey hit the dams did there job holding the bulk of the water and only allowing some to flood the woodlands downstream. Only now of some that woodland held new housing developments.

So I am not sure what he could have done other then pass a Federal Law preventing folks from building on flood plains. He did get flood aid for them afterward. But as Forest Gump says “Stupid is what stupid does.” What is funny is his opponent works for a law firm known for representing local developers. It’s interesting to note they are just parroting Ms. Fletcher’s campaign line.

The Kepler Space Telescope is dead
Would E.T. Contact Cause Panic Today?
If You Want to Save the Planet, Drop the Campaign Against Capitalism
How NASA Will Use Robots to Create Rocket Fuel From Martian Soil
Billionaires Chase ‘SpaceX Moment’ for the Holy Grail of Energy

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Warrior's Heart

The great war against the Dark Magus was over. But Merien, a wizard who had played a key role in the final battle, still had nightmares about what he had experienced. Even during the day he found himself shaking with dread with no reason and sometimes even crying in the corner of the farm where he lived. Merien has warrior’s heart, a great wound of the mind and spirit. He must set forth in the company of his best friend, an elf warrior, to find a cure before it is too late.

How NASA became an election issue for Rep. John Culberson

Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) is the chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees NASA and other science agencies, such as the National Science Foundation. Culberson is facing a stiff challenge for reelection by a Democratic lawyer named Lizzie Fletcher. These two facts have created an issue involving Culberson’s support for NASA’s Europa Clipper mission and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, currently under construction at the tip of South America.

The Coincidence Between Two Overachieving NASA Missions
NASA Needs Help Shipping Cargo to Its Future Lunar Space Station
Researchers reveal the incredible seasons of Triton
Parker Solar Probe: Nasa's Sun mission smashes records

Friday, October 26, 2018

Cruz vs O’Rourke race puts NASA’s future on the Texas ballot

The space program has not become an issue in the race for the U.S. Senate in Texas between the incumbent, Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican, and his opponent, Rep. Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, the Democratic challenger.

SpaceX Seeks $500 Million Loan Via Goldman Sachs
NASA's InSight Will Study Mars While Standing Still
Why Don't We Put A Space Telescope On The Moon?
There's a Strange Cloud on Mars Right Now, and It's Just Hanging Around
The Blue Wave Was a Lie, But It Could Be Even Worse for Democrats

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Vice President Trump, speaking at a meeting of the National Space Council, has declared that by next year we will have a National Space Force. What I have written about the subject in the past:

The case for a new branch of the military: United States Space Force

What would the mission of the United States Space Force be?

Deterring World War III with Trump's Space Force

Why you should take Trump’s Space Force seriously

China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran Set For Electronic Pulse Attacks on U.S.
Children of Apollo (3 Book Series)

July, 1969, the crew of Apollo 11 has triumphantly returned to Earth. In this alternate history thriller, President Richard Nixon puts into a motion a scheme to ramp up the space race to pressure the Soviets into making diplomatic and military concessions. Thus begins a story of high adventure on the final frontier and of low intrigue in the corridors of power back on Earth. It will prove to be the fulfillment of a dream for Wendy Pendleton to be the first woman to walk on the moon. It will be a nightmare for Cal Lauren, a political operative determined to stop the space race at all costs to fund the social programs he holds dear.

PREPARING FUTURE EXPLORERS FOR A RETURN TO THE MOON
NASA brings a Hubble gyro back to life after a seven-year hibernation
Tiny NASA spacecraft snaps its first view of Mars
New Space Age Requires Greater Focus on Astronaut Safety

Monday, October 22, 2018

Pancreatic cells can naturally morph to combat diabetes, pointing to new avenues of treatment
Scientists regrow hair cells in mice, suggesting hearing loss is reversible after all Hope for Rush Limbaugh?
Gabriella's War

In 1944, with the world convulsed with war, the Contessa Gabriella Doria haunts the piazzas and canals of Venice. Few people know that she is not only an agent for Britain’s MI6 but that she is also a 450 year old vampire. But one SS officer, Kurt Hesselman, knows and has vowed to destroy her, using the occult powers he was born with. Their battle will rage from Gabriella’s beloved Venice to occupied France, and hence to Great Britain on the eve of the largest sea borne invasion in history. The outcome of the war and the fate of the world will hang in the balance

How humans could explore the hellscape on Venus
Blue Origin’s New Glenn Rocket Eyes Vandenberg Air Force Base Launch Site
Boring Co’s “Loop Lift” elevator and tunnel concept are coming to life at SpaceX site
Defectors from SpaceX and Blue Origin are developing a remarkable technology called 'Stargate' to help colonize other planets
Trump campaign holding 'Big Texas Tailgater', claims '100,000+' flocking to Houston rally

Saturday, October 20, 2018

BepiColombo spacecraft starts seven-year journey to Mercury
The Moon, Mars, and Beyond

The Last Moonwalker – In the near future, as human explorers prepare to take the first voyage to the Moon in decades, Charles Gerald, the last Apollo Moonwalker, lends his advice to the crew of the expedition as he wrestles with his own legacy.

The Man from Mars: The Asteroid Mining Caper - Colin Fraser was the first man to walk on Mars as commander of the Ares. But little did he know that his greatest adventure would take place after he returned to Earth from the Red Planet. With further voyages of interplanetary exploration curtailed due to budget cuts, Fraser joined a private company that proposed to capture an asteroid and mine it for its almost limitless wealth. The only catch was that he would have to commit the first act of space piracy in history by stealing his old ship and using it to divert the asteroid named Daedalus.

Stealing the ship, diverting the asteroid, and avoiding federal prison or destruction will be the least of Fraser’s worries, however.

Ocasio-Cortez: Defeating Nazis Is Blueprint For Defeating Global Warming Time to bomb climate change.
Preparing future explorers for a return to the Moon
Would a Space Force mean the end of NASA?
NASA aims to land payloads on Moon next year, signaling more local space activity

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Moon Science! NASA Needs Experiment Ideas for Commercial Lunar Landers
Why does SpaceX stay in the costly Los Angeles area? It's where the talent is Of course, if Elon's company were to move to low-tax Texas I bet a lot of that talent would follow.
One Giant Flop for Moviekind
China’s Moon Missions Could Threaten US Satellites: Pentagon
The next battleground: What do we really know about what adversaries do in space?
Children of Apollo (3 Book Series)

July, 1969, the crew of Apollo 11 has triumphantly returned to Earth. In this alternate history thriller, President Richard Nixon puts into a motion a scheme to ramp up the space race to pressure the Soviets into making diplomatic and military concessions. Thus begins a story of high adventure on the final frontier and of low intrigue in the corridors of power back on Earth.

Lunar Facility brings Moon to Earth
Rocket Lab follows footsteps of SpaceX with new NASA launch pad
We Could Solve the Mysteries of Time and Space—If We Had a Particle Accelerator the Size of the Solar System
Our Latest Global Warming Scare

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

How ‘First Man’ became a casualty of pop culture’s new political meat grinder
IN DEFENSE OF ELON MUSK
Airbus is developing a 9-tonne living quarters and research lab module for astronauts aboard Nasa's Gateway space station that will orbit the MOON by 2024
Supreme Court agrees to hear a case that could determine whether Facebook, Twitter and other social media companies can censor their users
NASA to make huge decision in the hunt for alien life on Mars
NASA astronaut describes close call following failed launch

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

50 years after Apollo moonshots, will rivalry with China spark a new space race?
Moon Express Signs Agreements With Seven Canadian Organizations – To Open Toronto Area Office
NASA's 'brilliant' plan for a cloud city of airships in the atmosphere of Venus
SpaceX begins huge dirt pile removal to pave way for BFR spaceship hop tests
A Brother on the Moon

On a December day in 1967, a pilot whose jet fighter is in the process of cracking up ejects a moment sooner and therefore lives when he otherwise might have died. A life that would have ended on the tarmac at Edwards Air Force Base continues on. Six years later, Major Robert Lawrence, United States Air Force, becomes the first black American to walk on the Moon.

Old narrative: Robert ‘Beto’ O’Rourke is doing surprisingly well in Texas New Narrative: Beto O’Rourke’s War Chest Bothers Some Democrats as He Struggles Against Ted Cruz
Jeff Bezos predicts we'll have 1 trillion humans in the solar system, and Blue Origin wants to help get us there
Even Ganymede is Showing Tectonic Activity. We’re Going to Need Another Icy Moon Orbiter
Wanted: Non-Chinese rare-earth elements
After briefly going offline, NASA’s Chandra X-ray space telescope is back in action
Chiefs of NASA, Russian Space Agency Pledge Swift Return to Soyuz Launches

Monday, October 15, 2018

Waking Up to China’s Space Dream

In such a future, where China establishes space dominance, it is likely that we will see the establishment of China-driven “specially managed zones” and China-led adjudication courts to settle disputes. It is highly likely that China will establish dispute mechanisms for space once it establishes “specially managed zones,” say on the lunar surface, or establishes a permanent space presence. That has been the trajectory of its international initiatives here on earth, to include its behavior in the Antarctic.

Imperialism

A space-based survey, not luck, must be our plan against hazardous asteroids
Beta, Wildside, Israeli Trio Team On Drama ‘German Moon’ About NASA Space Mission
HOW WILL NASA TRANSFORM BY JOINING FORCES WITH PRIVATE SPACE TRAVEL
Sino-Dutch team claim cleaner coal-to-liquid fuel conversion

SpaceIL's spacecraft in a series of environmental tests on its way to th...





Israel shoots for the moon.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Russian Soyuz rocket failure leaves NASA with no ride to International Space Station

NASA and the Roscosmos, the Russian state enterprise that handles spaceflight for that country, now has a big problem on their hands.

A Soyuz spacecraft headed for the International Space Station experienced a launch failure early Thursday. The good news is that the two passengers, NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin have landed safe and have been picked up by a search and rescue helicopter. The bad news is that there is now no reliable means of taking crew to and from the ISS.

Israel’s first mission to the moon – to launch on a Falcon 9 – delayed a few weeks
Moon matters: Why NASA, SpaceX and others are aiming for lunar missions
18,000 Pages Of NASA Archives Uncover JFK's Speech Strategy That Inspired The Moon Landing
Japanese startup ispace is tapping Apollo-era expertise to build lunar landers for NASA
So Can We Terraform Mars or Not?
Update on Opportunity Rover after Martian Dust Storm

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Europa or Enceladus? If NASA switches from SLS to Falcon Heavy, it won’t have to choose

However, a way may be found to do both. The Europa Clipper and Europa Lander are envisioned to be launched to Jupiter space by NASA’s planned heavy-lift Space Launch System. The SLS will be able to lob huge payloads toward Jupiter on a direct flight path, avoiding the time-consuming gravity assist maneuvers that previous probes to the outer planets have had to use.

The problem with the Space Launch System is that it is a fully expendable rocket that could cost between $1.5 billion to $2.5 billion to launch. NASA is struggling to make the SLS more affordable to operate, but the sad fact is that using the heavy-lift rocket is a great expense for the missions to Europa. NASA does have the option of using a commercial rocket, say the SpaceX Falcon Heavy, to launch the twin missions to Europa.

Draper bids on NASA commercial lunar lander competition
Defying Henry VIII And you thought Trump was not a man to be crossed.
There’s a new report on SLS rocket management, and it’s pretty brutal Apparently Boeing has screwed the pooch on this one.
Hubble Space Telescope Malfunction Won't Last Long, NASA Says
The Universe Has A Speed Limit, And It Isn't The Speed Of Light
Scientists connect 3 actual human brains
How to avoid a bloated Space Force

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Children of Apollo (3 Book Series) July, 1969, the crew of Apollo 11 has triumphantly returned to Earth. In this alternate history thriller, President Richard Nixon puts into a motion a scheme to ramp up the space race to pressure the Soviets into making diplomatic and military concessions. Thus begins a story of high adventure on the final frontier and of low intrigue in the corridors of power back on Earth. It will prove to be the fulfillment of a dream for Wendy Pendleton to be the first woman to walk on the moon. It will be a nightmare for Cal Lauren, a political operative determined to stop the space race at all costs to fund the social programs he holds dear. A science fiction alternate history like none other.
Richard Branson says Virgin Galactic will be in space for test flights 'in weeks not months'
Japan space tourist says moon training 'shouldn't be too hard'
Democrats Are Losing Because They Believe Their Own Press
Europa Lander Could be Greeted by Massive Ice Spikes
The 7 Wild Energy Technologies That Just Got a Billion-Dollar Boost

Thursday, October 04, 2018

ASTROBOTIC ANNOUNCES JOINT 
ECUADORIAN-COLOMBIAN PAYLOAD PARTNERSHIP TO THE MOON
Jeff Bezos explains why Blue Origin is 'the most important work I'm doing'
A shadowy op-ed campaign is now smearing SpaceX in space cities
U.K.'s Healthcare Horror Stories Ought To Curb Dems' Enthusiasm for Single-Payer
Most ambitious Mercury mission yet will explore mysteries of innermost planet
FLY ME TO THE MOON: NASA BOOST FOR FIRST ISRAELI LUNAR LANDER
In a 'significant step,' Blue Origin is building a second facility on the Space Coast
'Moon Race' Backed by Blue Origin, Airbus Aims for 2024 Lunar Flight