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


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


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.