Saturday, September 29, 2018

Friday, September 28, 2018

China could be facing space station delay, Tiangong-2 to be deorbited

"The Senate Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness recently held a hearing entitled, “Global Space Race: Ensuring the United States Remains the Leader in Space.” As is his privilege as the ranking member of the full Senate Commerce Committee, Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, attended the hearing.

"Nelson was seen schmoozing with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, the sole witness, before the hearing and participated for just a few minutes during the proceedings before departing for some other appointment.

"Nelson also left an opening statement that had some very interesting things to say about Bridenstine."

Arch Mission partners with Microsoft, University of Washington and Twist to send DNA library to moon
First Man: Ryan Gosling and Damien Chazelle on faking the moon landing
NASA is heightening the search for alien life using 'technosignatures'
SpaceX and NASA accidentally set the stage for a new race to the Moon
Why Atheists Are Not as Rational as They Like to Think

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Japan lands on an asteroid

The Japanese have achieved a space first: exploring an asteroid up close.

The Japanese Space Agency probe, the Hayabusa 2, arrived in the vicinity of an Earth-approaching asteroid called 162173 Ryugu in June. The mission achieved a greater milestone on Sept. 21 when it deployed two “rovers” on the surface of the asteroid that are currently hopping about, taking images and temperature readings.

5 Technologies Scientists Are Currently Pursuing to Improve Healthspan
Trump versus the killer asteroids

Above and Beyond Official Trailer 1 (2015) - Documentary HD

I saw this gem of a documentary by Steven Spielberg's younger sister last night. Well worth it.
Backed by Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, Breakthrough Energy Ventures lists seven new investments
Two Men Have Come Forward Who Think They Were The Ones Ford Identified
Towards the Moon: Why Europe wants to work with China
This rocket's for you: NASA might sell naming rights to boost exploration
NASA Unveils Sustainable Campaign to Return to Moon, on to Mars

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez To Debate Economics Professor Who Describes Socialism As A Scam

The campaign website for Professor Anthony Pappas

China’s New Silk Road vs. America’s Platinum Highway in the Sky
Things to know about Houston's soon-to-open sex robot brothel
The lunar gateway: a shortcut to Mars?
Dust Storms on Titan Spotted for the First Time
Four maps show how electricity generation has changed in the US

Friday, September 21, 2018


“First Man,” the upcoming movie about Neil Armstrong and the first landing on the moon, touched off a bitter battle in the culture wars when it was noted that the iconic flag raising on the lunar surface had been deliberately left out.

SpaceX's trip around the moon could be the greatest private voyage in history

The moment that Yasaku Maezawa bounded into view during the SpaceX-sponsored press conference, the world knew that a different kind of space traveler had appeared. “I can now say it,” Maezawa proclaimed with enthusiasm. “I choose to go to the moon!”

Addendum: SpaceX’s Moon Trip Is the Ultimate Artist Residency

Japanese Probe Deploys Tiny Hopping Robots Toward Big Asteroid Ryugu Related: The Moon, Mars, and Beyond: Two Tales from the Coming Space Age
A lot of ‘arm wrestling’ in the Pentagon on how to set up a space force
Can science build a better burger?
Japanese companies plan to build moon colonies
Ivanka Trump tours NASA center in Houston, calls space crew

Friday, September 14, 2018

Financial analyst sees Jeff Bezos’ investment as an ’emerging force’ in space, to Amazon’s benefit
From the Hill: How ice on the moon can get us to Mars

It’s finally confirmed: Water exists on the moon.

The importance of water on the moon, some of it easily extractable, cannot be overstated. Water mined from the moon need not be transported from Earth at great expense. The water can be used for drinking, agriculture, and other purposes by future lunar settlers.

Even more important, water can be refined into liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen, the components of rocket fuel.

US Naval Research Laboratory's Jaffe on Space-Based Solar Power

Space Based Solar Power
NASA's Orion Space Capsule Aces Final Parachute Test Before Moon Flight
Thousands of objects discovered in Scandinavia’s first Viking city
Elon Musk is building a medieval watchtower
NASA: Humans will touch the moon again by the late 2020s

Monday, September 10, 2018

From the Washington Examiner: Is space exploration racist?

Recently a writer named Caroline Haskins published a piece in the Outline, a New York-based media platform, with the somewhat provocative title “The Racist Language of Space Exploration.”

The piece has elicited much eye-rolling on social media and at least one rebuttal in Reason Magazine. The arguments in the article will be all too familiar to those who were forced to read “A People’s History of the United States” by the bad historian and Marxist scholar Howard Zinn while in school.

LANL shoots for the moon in search for life on Europa
Erik Hauri, scientist who found water on the moon, dies at 52
‘Beto O’Rourke’ Was ‘Rob O’Rourke’ When He Captained Rowing Team at Ivy League School
The Geology Of Star Trek's Strange New Worlds
Cruz: Democrats want Texas to be 'like California,' have 'tofu' and 'dyed hair' Beto really needs to be forced to deny this.

Saturday, September 08, 2018

From the Hill Newspaper: Remembering the man who sold the moon: Paul Spudis

If, as many hope, President Donald Trump’s push to return Americans to the moon comes to fruition, the NASA portion of the Lunar Base will be named the Paul Spudis Lunar Science Center if there is any justice. If any one person can be said to have caused America to once again, for the third time in a generation, set out for the moon, it is Dr. Paul Spudis, who recently died suddenly from complications of lung cancer.

Carpeting Sahara with wind and solar farms could make it rain
China is Losing the New Cold War
3 Things Every Investor Should Know About NASA's Plan to Return to the Moon
The End is Near for NASA's Historic Dawn Mission to the Asteroid Belt
How to design human homes for alien planets
Puzzling Swirls on the Moon May Come from Ancient, Magnetized Lava

Monday, September 03, 2018

Virginia Town Still Suffering after Red Hen Kicked Sarah Huckabee Sanders Out
'First Man' a disgrace to patriotic Americans

"But historically speaking, taking out the U.S. flag from the very scene that blasts “American Exceptionalism” at a time of Cold War racing against the evil Soviets is not only a snub to those tied to this great patriotic moment in time — but it’s almost a gift to today’s Russia. It sends the message that this country has so far moved past the U.S.-U.S.S.R. days of frigid relations, foreign subterfuge and spy-versus-spy-type behaviors that today’s America is willing to go the extra mile and drop that whole silly pride-in-nation thing."

‘Proud to Be an American’: Buzz Aldrin Tweets American Flag Moon Landing Amid ‘First Man’ Backlash
Research reveals a potential new biotherapy for Alzheimer’s disease
Stunning anti-ageing breakthrough could see humans live to 150 and regenerate organs by 2020 'for the price of a coffee a day'

Sunday, September 02, 2018

I hear that the Village Voice has gone belly up, which is too bad because the Personals section was a hoot. Here is one story where the Voice attacked me in print, something I also cherish.
Opponents of space exploration come crawling out of the woodwork

While most people seem to approve of President Trump’s renewed push for space exploration, starting with a return to the moon and then going to Mars, either believing it to be either a priority or at least important things to do, according to a Pew Poll, not everyone agrees. The opponents of exploring the heavens, who have been with us since the dawn of the space program, have started coming out of the woodwork like unquiet ghosts to annoy the living.

Prospecting on the Moon: Russia, Europe to Hunt for Lunar Ice
Commercial branding on spacecraft? Five key points in NASA’s evolving space vision
A top SpaceX engineer has revealed new details — and questions — about the company's plans to reach Mars in 6 years