Thursday, January 31, 2019


Space as a political issue is usually second tier in American politics. However, that fact doesn’t mean that it is unimportant or that it doesn’t come up during presidential campaigns. With the 2020 presidential season starting in full swing just 11 months before the actual year begins, the time is ripe to start thinking about how the US space program’s course will be affected by the election’s outcome.

Update: This gem from the most famous socialist in the world, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:

"For what it’s worth, I don’t think expanding public imagination is a “new style.” It is a return to the Democratic Party that went to the moon, passed the Civil Rights Act, + strove for the Great Society."

It would be wonderful if Democrats favored going to the moon again.

Humans Should Not Fear the Rise of the Machines
Is An Israeli Company About to Cure Cancer?
Race to Marathon
Warrior's Heart
Chang'e-4 finds moon's far side colder than expected during night
Japan positioned for outsize role in NASA's moon, Mars plans
The Future of NASA Space Telescopes – What to Look for in the Next Generation

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Alexander the Great ‘was ALIVE while his body was prepared for burial’ – after rare disease left him paralysed for six days
Advanced Extraterrestrials as an Approximation to God
Some Dems float idea of primary challenge for Ocasio-Cortez
UFOs were not the only thing that the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification program was studying
Kamala Harris vows to get rid of private health care plans: 'Let's eliminate all of that. Let's move on'
SpaceX workers cap Starship with tank dome as Raptor arrivals and hop tests near
3001: The Final Odyssey
The Man from Mars: The Asteroid Mining Caper
Vote for what piece of Pittsburgh should land on the Moon
Giant Pattern Discovered in the Clouds of Venus
Boeing starts final assembly for NASA’s first SLS Core Stage, work picks up for the second

Sunday, January 27, 2019

The real reason space aliens haven’t visited Earth: Socialism could have destroyed entire civilizations before they achieved space flight.
UFOs were not the only thing that the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification program was studying
SpaceX Falcon 9 booster spied on highway as triple-satellite launch moves right
Rendezvous with Rama
Children of Apollo (3 Book Series)
Saturn's Biggest Moon Titan May Bake Its Own Atmosphere
Here's how lunar dust clouds are formed on the Moon
Son of space shuttle Challenger commander remembers tragedy 33 years ago

Friday, January 25, 2019

UFOs were not the only thing that the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification program was studying

The Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification program was a government project started over 10 years ago at the instigation of then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat of Nevada, to study the truth about UFOs. Much of the money was directed to a constituent of Reid, Robert Bigelow, a hotel magnate who also is the owner of an aerospace company that builds inflatable modules for NASA. Even though Bigelow is a believer in the notion that aliens have been regularly visiting Earth, the results of the study were inconclusive at best.

‘Apollo 11’ Review: Astonishing NASA Documentary Is One Giant Leap for Film Restoration — Sundance
After Thursday test firing, SpaceX may be a month from commercial crew launch
Iran says moving towards readiness to ramp up nuclear program
The Martian Extended Edition
Why is it So Hard to Go Back to the Moon?
How Black Holes Nearly Ruined Time
Earth's Oldest Rock Found on the Moon
Spacewatch: reusable rocket sends Nasa experiments into space

Thursday, January 24, 2019

From NASA Watch, Emily Lakdawalla is at it again.
Shoot the Moon: Will Hollywood Ever Film a Blockbuster in Space?

One has to hand it to New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She is always great for an eye-popping quote. Fox News reports that she was at an event celebrating Martin Luther King Day where her musings turned apocalyptic.

“Millennials and people, you know, Gen Z and all these folks that will come after us are looking up, and we’re like: ‘The world is gonna end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change, and your biggest issue is how are we gonna pay for it?'” She also said that the problem of climate change is their “World War II.”

“Let us suppose, as a thought experiment, climate change really is a global problem that needs addressing by government policy. It may not destroy the world in 2031 or any other time, but the combination of increasing temperatures, rising sea levels and extreme weather will be a challenge — at least for the purposes of discussion.

“The world should pursue space exploration if it hopes to transition away from fossil fuels, a major cause of climate change.“

There's more than one way to go back to the moon is apparently a response to my NASA wants to go back to the moon the hard way Unfortunately it does not engage my main points that using the Space Launch System to go back to the moon may not be the easiest way.
What Hunted Ancient 'Humans'?
Blue Origin Wants to Launch a Person Into Space by the End of This Year
Foundation, Foundation and Empire, Second Foundation
A Brother on the Moon
ESA Wants to Start Mining the Moon by 2025
Elon Musk: Top half of SpaceX’s Mars test rocket blew over and will take ‘a few weeks to repair’
Why Elon Musk Turned to Stainless Steel for SpaceX's Starship Mars Rocket

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Shot: Lizzie Fletcher is bragging about her appointment to the House Science Committee.

"I represent a district that believes in science, innovation, and facts. I am honored to serve on a committee that is dedicated to advancing progress in those critical areas"

Chaser: How NASA became an election issue for Rep. John Culberson


More no doubt to follow

Starhopper was seriously damaged last night due to high winds. Elon Musk suggests that it will take weeks to repair.
China and the Next Space Race
Boeing’s passenger air vehicle prototype rises into the sky for its first test flight
USAF installs metallic 3D printed part on operational F-22 Raptor
Why Is Uranus The Only Planet Without Interesting Features On It?
Dark Invasion (The Vampire Gabriella Book 3)
A meteor hit the moon during the lunar eclipse. Here's what we know.
The European Space Agency plans to start mining for natural resources on the moon
NASA's Campaign to Return to the Moon with Global Partners

Saturday, January 19, 2019


Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz finds himself in an interesting position in the new Congress.

He has been a champion of NASA and commercial space since he first entered the Senate six years ago. The last midterms, however, saw the exit of a number of space enthusiasts from Congress. Democrat and Republican Reps. Lamar Smith, John Culberson, Dana Rohrabacher and Sen. Bill Nelson have retired or been retired to private life.

Cruz virtually stands alone as a supporter of NASA’s mission and of the commercial space sector’s growth.

Will 2019 be the year of the turbine? Wind energy continues to surge in Texas
Childhood's End: A Novel
Dark Hunt (The Vampire Gabriella Book 2)
US army eyes $373 million purchase of Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system
DARPA Builds Advanced Interceptor Weapon to Destroy Hypersonic Missile Attacks
Let’s keep the Green New Deal grounded in science
NASA’s Juno spacecraft captures Jupiter's massive storms, revealing planet's 'striking blemish'

Friday, January 18, 2019

NASA preps for 'Armageddon' style asteroid threat — but with far less drama

Neil deGrasse Tyson once tweeted that, “Asteroids are nature’s way of asking, ‘How’s that space program coming along?’” Dr. Tyson was making a sly reference to an incident 65 million years ago, when a huge rock struck the Earth in the region of the Yucatan and wiped out the dinosaurs and much else.

The dinosaurs did not have a space program. However, human beings, who arose to dominate the Earth after the dinosaurs’ demise, do have one and therefore the ability to save themselves if another world-killing asteroid approaches.

The Man from Mars: The Asteroid Mining Caper
The longstanding NASA-Russian partnership in space may be unraveling
Our Irrational Fear of Sexbots
The Anthropocene Is Coming to Mars
Three Hearts and Three Lions
The Moon, Mars, and Beyond
NASA educates Captain Kirk on weird blue light in Mars InSight photo
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope is back in action after hardware problem
NASA's Cassini Data Show Saturn's Rings Relatively New

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Green New Deal will only happen if we go back to the moon
Iran satellite fails to reach orbit in US-criticized launch
China has started growing COTTON on the far side of the moon (and potatoes are next!): Pioneering mission to the lunar surface is successfully growing biological material for the first time EVER
Apollo to the Moon: A History in 50 Objects
The Man from Mars: The Asteroid Mining Caper
'Please let us go back to work': NASA employees plan to rally at Johnson Space Center
NASA view of Jupiter looks like an infamous South Park character
China exchanged data with NASA for its historic Moon landing

Friday, January 11, 2019


SpaceX’s Elon Musk is as much a showman — and, to a certain extent, an artist — as he is a corporate CEO and engineering innovator.

When Musk launched his Falcon Heavy last year, he sent his used Tesla Roadster with a mannequin in the driver’s seat dubbed “Starman” into space. The image of the sports car with the Starman passenger flying into interplanetary space with the earth in the background was the most iconic of 2018, if not of the 21st century.

Green New Deal will only happen if we go back to the moon

You have to hand it to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio–Cortez (D-N.Y.). For someone who was, just a year ago, a bartender, she has some ambitious plans now that she is a member of Congress.

Among Ocasio–Cortez’s projects is something called the Green New Deal. The plan would mandate that the United States transform its energy infrastructure from one based on fossil fuels to one based on renewable energy, such as wind and solar power. Thus, the problem of climate change will have been solved and the Earth would be saved. Big-pocketed people like Tom Steyer, an environmentalist billionaire donor, view the idea with favor.

Our Future in Space Will Echo Our Future on Earth
Fake news journal paper revealed as fake news
Atmospheric Mystery on Saturn's Largest Moon
Life might exist on the new planet discovered around Barnard's star
Why is it So Hard to Go Back to the Moon?
The Case for Space: How the Revolution in Spaceflight Opens Up a Future of Limitless Possibility
Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Triggered A Mile-High Tsunami Across The Globe
Democrats’ Cynical ‘No’ On Immigration
Space Telescopes of the Future: NASA Has 4 Ideas for Great Observatory to Fly in 2030s

Saturday, January 05, 2019


Meanwhile Rand Simberg leaps the length of his chain and lies about my position on commercial space.

Meanwhile, Mark Whittington continues to fear the yellow menace:

"The landing is a remarkable achievement. It illustrates Beijing’s burning ambition to become the supreme superpower on Earth, in part by conquering space. India and a private group in Israel are planning their own moon landings early in 2019. NASA is due to sponsor commercial lunar landings as part of President Trump’s return to the moon initiative in the next year or so.

"The prize of the new space race is the moon’s natural resources and control of the high frontier for all practical purposes."

The moon is a big place. No one nation is going to dominate it. And it’s a long way from a robotic lander, regardless of which side it lands on, to a lunar base. Mark continues to operate under the delusion that we can (or should) do Apollo again. Lunar resources will be developed privately, if at all. It certainly won’t happen by a government that has elections every two years.

I am fully on board with commercial partnerships regarding the moon and have extensively written to that effect for many years. He should also note my current piece in the Washington Examiner where I critique both the Gateway and the SLS. I championed Zubrin’s Moon Direct idea.

Regarding the Chinese I can only note that they don’t play well with others on Earth so cannot be expected to play well with others on the moon. The moon may be a big place but the poles are the important parts. The country that controls them controls access to the solar system.

NASA wants to go back to the moon the hard way
NASA’s New Horizons sends science back from the far edge of the solar system
Power From Commercial Perovskite Solar Cells Is Coming Soon
Dark Crusade: A Vampire Gabriella Story (The Vampire Gabriella Book 5)