Friday, August 31, 2018

How the flight of Apollo 11 won the Cold War
Why the United States will beat China in the new moon race or why audiences in Beijing might be triggered by the raising of Old Glory on the lunar surface First Man omits American flag raising on the lunar surface
From the Hill: We really are going back to the moon and then on to Mars Related: The Moon, Mars, and Beyond
Neil Armstrong’s Sons, Director Damien Chazelle Defend Absence of Flag-Planting Scene in ‘First Man’ In other words, the film makers are doubling down on stupid. Instead of apologizing for the slight and offering to fix it, they are lecturing people who were affronted by the omission of the flag raising that they are the problem.
Police Report: Beto O’Rourke Tried to Flee Scene of Drunk-Driving Crash
Navy Making Room for Railguns in Next Warship, But No Extra Investments
NASA’s Pluto probe spots the next deep space rock it’s zooming toward
NASA head hints that reusable rocket cos. like SpaceX will enable Moon return
Neil Armstrong Movie Starring Canadian Ryan Gosling Doesn’t Feature American Flag

Addendum: A Modest suggestion. Instead of boycotting the movie, go and when the moon landing sequence starts, break out American flags and wave them. If those Canadian filmmakers are too squeamish to show Old Glory on the moon, let's bring our own.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Texas lawmakers press NASA to base lunar lander program in Houston
It looks like the movie about Neil Armstrong has bought itself some controversy. First Man omits American flag raising on the lunar surface
Gov. Scott, in Melbourne, blames Nelson for not stopping losses of space jobs
NASA Administrator Bridenstine: ‘We’re not going to do flags and footprints again’
My lengthy appreciation for the late Paul Spudis: Lunar geologist Paul Spudis has passed away Also The Once and Future Moon and The Value of the Moon: How to Explore, Live, and Prosper in Space Using the Moon's Resources
What the orbital space habitats designed for NASA in 1975 can teach us about living in new geometries
Sarah Palin, Loyal Running Mate, Excluded from John McCain’s Funeral
Marines 3D-print concrete barracks in just 40 hours

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

I just got word that Paul Spudis has died. I never met him in person, but we exchanged numerous emails as he encouraged me in my opinion writing in support of a return to the moon. He was one of the world’s leading experts in lunar geology and the use of the moon’s resources to facilitate space exploration. He was a passionate advocate for lunar exploration and thus will be sorely missed. My condolences to his wife Anne and his family and friends. Now the return to the moon becomes a monument to his memory.


The mother of all conspiracy nut theories or at least someone having too much time on their hands Did Vladimir Putin Rescue an Injured Donald Trump from the Viet Cong During the Vietnam War? This might make a great alternate history story.
The capsule astronauts will ride to return to the moon has arrived at Kennedy Space Center
China, Shoring Up Its Navy, Muscles Into Pacific
India's first manned space mission to send 3 persons

The First (Official Trailer) • A Hulu Original

Sunday, August 26, 2018

From the Hill: We really are going back to the moon and then on to Mars

The significance of Vice President Mike Pence’s recent speech at the Johnson Spaceflight Center was not that it made any new news, but the fact that it was made at all. One of the failings of the deep space exploration programs of both presidents Bush was that, after the initial speeches that announced them, going back to the moon and on to Mars were hardly mentioned at all. President Trump, to his credit, rarely makes a campaign speech without mentioning NASA, not to mention his proposed Space Force.

Ocasio-Cortez Stands In Solidarity With Cab Drivers — While Taking An Uber
John McCain's US Senate seat: What happens next?
Britain’s Inability to Handle Last Year’s Flu Season Shows Perils of Socialized Medicine
NASA: Space Force needed to protect energy grid from 'existential threat'
Where are all the asteroids?
Partisanship Reaches Deep Space, Threatening NASA Exploration Goals
Space race 2.0: A low-down on the great flight

Saturday, August 25, 2018

One of my favorite stories about John McCain, the larger than life war hero and American original, concerns an incident that took place when he was being held captive in the Hanoi Hilton. One of the ways the North Vietnamese tortured the American prisoners was to subject them to speeches being given by antiwar activists denouncing them and the United States efforts in South East Asia.

However, one day, the exercise backfired. The speech had a line, McCain later recalled, that went like, “We can put a man on the moon but Nixon can’t end the Vietnam War.”

The slight detail that Americans had landed on the moon had been kept from the American pilots. The accidental revelation caused a sensation and an up swelling of pride and patriotism. At least that one day, for those brutalized and tortured men, was a good day.

Senator, I understand that sentiment perfectly. Here is hoping that your afterlife is the end of all woe and struggle and that bliss be your measure forever more.

NASA Is Making an AI-Based GPS for Space
NASA's OSIRIS-REx begins asteroid operations campaign Also The Man from Mars: The Asteroid Mining Caper
War in space 'inevitable' because there's so much money to be made, expert warns
How John Oliver was duped by the fringe anti-science advocacy groups USRTK and the Organic Consumers Association

Thursday, August 16, 2018

The Blues Brothers - Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin RIP
New 'triple pill' could eliminate high blood pressure
One Air Force general's call for 'radical collaboration across the whole-of-government' to win the new space race
Elizabeth Warren’s Batty Plan to Nationalize . . . Everything
Is Nancy Pelosi Losing Her Mind?
India's taking another shot at making it to the moon Also China says it will launch 2 robots to the far side of the moon in December on an unprecedented lunar exploration mission and This 'Sparrow' lunar lander may soon make Israel the 4th country ever to land the moon Related: A Brother on the Moon
Scott, GOP not buying Nelson's explanations: 'Either lying or circling back to try to cover up'
MIT scientists crack the case of breaking spaghetti in two

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Evolution of the Big Falcon Rocket
Digging into the details of Orion’s EM-1 test flight
Nelson's narrow lead with Florida Latinos worries Democrats Is it too soon to suggest that Senator Ballast is going down? Related: Winners and losers from Jim Bridenstine’s confirmation as NASA administrator
Earth mini-moons: Potential for exciting scientific and commercial opportunities
Trump's 'Space Force' no punchline to military insiders amid rising Russia, China threats Related: Why you should take Trump’s Space Force seriously
NASA’s Orion spacecraft test module passes weight test, headed to Ohio for more work Related: The Moon, Mars, and Beyond: Two Tales from the Coming Space Age
Preparing to See the Unseen on Jupiter's Moon Europa
NASA administrator checks progress of projects at Michoud facility Related: Why is it So Hard to Go Back to the Moon?

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Thursday, August 09, 2018

My latest from the Hill: Entering the dawn of commercial human spaceflight

"-the dawn of commercial human spaceflight is at last drawing nigh. Much of the perception that the United States has lost its space leadership stems from the fact that, since the last space shuttle mission in 2011, American astronauts have had to hitch rides with the Russians. Russia, under Vladimir Putin, has increasingly become a hostile foreign power, placing at risk the space partnership first forged in the 1990s. When Americans start flying American-made spacecraft from American soil, a lot of policymakers will breathe easier. American access to space will no longer be held hostage to the whims of the Kremlin.

Report: Amazon plans internal healthcare clinics for employees at Seattle headquarters
Canadians Try To Boycott American-Made Food Products
The Peopling of the Americas: Evidence for Multiple Models
New NASA Planet Hunter May Find 10,000 Alien Worlds in Just Two Years
Blue Origin’s lunar lander program wins a share of NASA’s ‘tipping-point’ tech awards Also: NASA awards Astrobotic $10 million to help land on the moon And:Why NASA might outsource the return to the moon Related: The Last Moonwalker and Other Stories

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Ted Cruz asks Trump to campaign for him in Texas Here is a chance for Trump to rent out Rice Stadium, sell the return to the moon and the Space Force, help Ted Cruz, and own the libs just as I suggested in this: It is time for Trump to start selling space exploration Also NASA doesn’t have the funds to get to Mars alone, Ted Cruz says

Spicy’ seeds coated in ghost peppers ward off mice and help restore America’s grasslands

NASA to Announce New Public-Private Space Tech Partnerships

Related: The Last Moonwalker and Other Stories
Failed Prognostications of Climate Alarm

What if Major Robert Lawrence had lived?

Fusion start-ups hope to revolutionize energy in the coming decades
CBS All Access Is Laying the Groundwork for Non-Stop Star Trek
Trump renews 'biting sanctions' against Iran, warns countries doing business with Tehran

SpaceX organizes inaugural conference to plan landings on Mars

Related: The Man from Mars: The Asteroid Mining Caper

Sunday, August 05, 2018


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Chinese Scientists Have Insane Plan To Lasso Asteroids And Bring Them Back To Earth In Blankets

Related: Two asteroid missions will help shape the economy of the 21st century

Japan Space Agency will copy 2012 SpaceX Grasshopper rocket tests in 2019
China's super-sized space plans may involve help from Russia
India Slips In Lunar Race With Israel As Ambitious Mission Hits Delays

Related: 2018 is the year India, China and Israel go to the moon

Sarah Jeong Is A Warning Sign Of Something Wrong With The Left
Skinny Eyebrows Declared ‘Cultural Appropriation’
Patrick Stewart To Star In New ‘Star Trek’ Series As Jean-Luc Picard On CBS All Access

Friday, August 03, 2018

The Emperor's New Clothes (2004) | Trailer | Film4

I recently saw a 2001 film entitled “The Emperor’s New
Clothes” that stars Ian Holm as Napoleon Buonaparte. The premise is that
Napoleon slips away from St. Helena, having been substituted with a double,
with the intention of going to Paris, overthrowing the Bourbons again, and
plunging Europe into war a third time. Things do not go as planned, obviously,
but Napoleon finds out the old adage that sometimes God will not get you what
you want, but may grant you what you need.

There Are a Lot of Reasons to Feel Optimistic about America’s Future
Make the moon a refueling station — then head to Mars

Recently, the Senate Subcommittee on Science, Space, and Competitiveness, chaired by Sen Ted Cruz (R-Texas) held a hearing on “Putting American Boots on the Surface of the Red Planet.” According to Space Policy Online, the committee doesn't agree with NASA’s space exploration priorities.

President Donald Trump and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine have stated that America is going back to the moon. Cruz and Democrats Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass) and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Florida) argue it should be Mars that NASA concentrates on. The moon, if it should be visited at all, should not be allowed to interfere with the Mars goal.

The ball is in the Senate’s court regarding Article VI of the Outer Space Treaty
NASA confirms delays in Boeing and SpaceX commercial crew flights
Elon Musk defends plans to build a community on Mars after downbeat NASA report
How can NASA return to the Moon? By making everything reusable, chief says

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Russian embassy trolls US launch industry after new rocket engine sale
The Amazing Story Of How Trolling By Obama Gave Us Trump
Debating Space Force: Should it be a whole new military branch or just a command?

Vampire vs Nazi in a World War II spy thriller.

SpaceX is searching for BFR landing sites for early 2020s Mars missions
Saudi man arrested after he dared to kiss his girlfriend on the cheek as he taught her to drive
Astronaut Crew Quarters at KSC Being Prepped for Return to Human Spaceflight From American Soil
Opinion: Two Politicos Leading NASA Is A Bad Idea
Boeing’s new F-15X may replace an aging fleet of F-15C/D Eagles