Saturday, March 30, 2019

India's Surprise Shooting Down Of A Satellite Was A Warm-Up To Its Imminent Mission To Land On Moon
Tiny Cubesats Could Do Big Science at the Moon and Venus
The Day the Dinosaurs Died
Dark Shadows (2012)
Gabriella's War (The Vampire Gabriella Book 4)
NASA proves its space helicopter can fly on Mars
Town Hall with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine – Monday, April 1, 1:30 p.m. EDT
Newt Gingrich: Making the Trump-Pence Space Challenge a Reality

Boeing should be challenged to fully take over the Space Launch System project — which it has been paid billions to manage in a traditional cost-plus process. Boeing should be liberated from NASA’s traditional pattern of management, over-planning, and underperforming. If Boeing could liberate its designers and engineers to be mission-oriented rather than process-dominated, the SLS could leap forward, and its price would drop.

At the same time, companies such as SpaceX and Blue Origin should be invited into the competition. The central goal would be getting Americans back to the Moon and keeping them there. Companies that meet the goals ahead of schedule should get a bonus. The first company to meet the project goals should get an even bigger bonus.

Furthermore, companies that come in under budget should be allowed to keep 20 percent of the savings. And there should be an opportunity for fully funded new entrants to come and compete.

Importantly, participants should be paid only for achievement – not for planning or process. One suggestion I have heard from industry was for companies to be paid a price per kilo of delivery on the surface of the Moon.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Why NASA announced and then canceled an all-woman spacewalk

When NASA announced that astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch would conduct a spacewalk on the International Space Station, the event was invested with a great deal of symbolism. The NASA astronaut corps did not include women, back when “manned spaceflight” was an accurate description and not, as it is now, evidence of archaic, obsolete rhetoric. Women have commanded space shuttle missions, have commanded the ISS, and have done pretty much everything that their male counterparts do currently while in space.

$1 million prize for Israeli Beresheet's touchdown on moon
Secrets of horrific battle with Cleopatra that gave birth to Roman Empire revealed by ancient monument
Back to the Moon
Children of Apollo (3 Book Series)
Pentagon Warns Silicon Valley About Aiding Chinese Military
The Worst Disease Ever Recorded
Cassini Finds Saturn's Rings Coat Tiny Moons

Thursday, March 28, 2019

The title story of The Last Moonwalker and Other Stories was written in 2009 and is therefore somewhat dated, since it came out a year before President Obama trashed the Constellation program in his high-handed fashion. For a long time, even after President Trump revived the return to the moon goal, it looked like the main story line of the last surviving Apollo moon walker mentoring the next crew to go back to the moon would be alternate history. But now that Vice President Pence has thrown down the gauntlet and has challenged NASA to get moon boots on the lunar soil by 2024, it is entirely possible that at least one of the old Apollo guys will still be around to send them off. Also, thanks to Jim Bridenstine, another prediction from the novel, that the next moon walker will be a woman, will be fulfilled.
NASA engineer suggests settling Saturn's moon Titan
SpaceX: Elon Musk Says Starship Could Send Humans to Moon in Just 5 Years
There’s No Such Thing as “Robot-Proofing”
The Value of the Moon: How to Explore, Live, and Prosper in Space Using the Moon's Resources
Why is it So Hard to Go Back to the Moon?
Blood vessels built from a patient’s cells could help people on dialysis
Kuiper Belt dust may be in our atmosphere (and NASA labs) right now
NASA to pay volunteers about $19,000 to stay in bed for two months

Tuesday, March 26, 2019


Vice President Mike Pence threw down the gauntlet at a meeting of the National Space Council. NASA will return astronauts to the moon in the next five years “by any means necessary.” The announcement represents a massive course correction from the slow, “sustainable” course the space agency has been on to something more like the race to the moon of the 1960s. Indeed, Pence noted that the United States and her allies are in a race with China, a country that seeks to use the moon to achieve world domination. The announcement is a culmination of a number of policy changes the Trump administration has executed.

NASA engineer suggests settling Saturn's moon Titan
Falcon Heavy’s first commercial launch to pave the way for reusable rockets in national security missions
HASC Chairman rejects Trump’s Space Force proposal, says committee will seek ‘other options’
American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race
The Moon, Mars, and Beyond
Chairman of House appropriations subcommittee that funds NASA to retire
Pentagon touts 'critical milestone' after successful missile defense test with interceptors
NASA study shows melting glacier miraculously growing again

Friday, March 22, 2019

NASA engineer suggests settling Saturn's moon Titan

While most space visionaries are planning for settlements on the moon and eventually Mars, a NASA engineer named Janelle Wellons has an even more ambitious idea. According to Futurism, Wellons, a mission operation engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, suggested recently that humans should establish a settlement on Titan, the second largest moon in the solar system, orbiting Saturn.

Space Council seeks urgency in NASA exploration plans
Vice President may tell NASA to accelerate lunar landings
The Last Moonwalker and Other Stories
Back to the Moon
NASA May Send a Smallsat Mission to the Giant Asteroid Pallas
Universities spooked by Trump order tying free speech to grants
Why “chickenpox parties” are a terrible idea—in case it’s not obvious

Friday, March 15, 2019

Apollo 11: How millennials can grasp the greatest event ever — for now

Meanwhile, a new documentary, "Apollo 11," has recently been released on Imax and the regular big screen that may show some of the millennials why the moon landing is such a big deal. It certainly demonstrated that fact to those people who are old enough to think both Apollo and SpaceX are pretty cool.


The first threat the Space Force must face is the United States Congress, which may or may not approve the new service branch. Presuming that the Space Force survives the legislative process, it will face several real threats to America’s space assets.

Heads up, earthlings: 5 reasons why you should pay attention to space this year
An Hour of Light and Sound a Day Might Keep Alzheimer’s at Bay
Back to the Moon
A Brother on the Moon
Beto O’Rourke is a deluded loser running on a ticket of lies, hypocrisy and the vote-destroying message that all Americans are about to die
If SLS Won't Launch NASA's Moon Mission, What Will?
NASA Could Go to the Moon Next Year

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says ‘we should be excited about automation’

“We should be excited about automation, because what it could potentially mean is more time educating ourselves, more time creating art, more time investing in and investigating the sciences, more time focused on invention, more time going to space, more time enjoying the world that we live in,”

While it is good to know that @AOC approves of space travel, it should be pointed out that THE GREEN NEW DEAL WOULD END AMERICAN SPACE TRAVEL

Finding government waste in space funding
Time to build a colony on the moon
Robot Overlords Wouldn’t Be the Worst
Nocturne: A Novel of Suspense
Europa Clipper Mission to Jupiter Gets $600M in NASA's 2020 Budget Request
NASA's Hubble captures stunning image of two colliding galaxies
Elon Musk's SpaceX appears to be the front-runner to win a valuable NASA moon mission

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Friday, March 08, 2019

Houston Metro’s 20-year transit plan could be obsolete before it’s finished
The flight of SpaceX's Dragon and the coming age of commercial spaceflight

When the SpaceX crewed Dragon — sans crew except for a test dummy named Ripley — lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center and then docked with the International Space Station, many hailed the mission as the start of a new age of commercial spaceflight. The pronouncements were a little premature. As of this writing, the Dragon still must undock from the ISS and then splashdown successfully, having returned to Earth. Then the SpaceX spacecraft must undergo a launch abort test. No earlier than July, the Dragon will fly again, this time with a crew of astronauts. Only after the successful completion of these tests will people ride to and from the ISS onboard Elon Musk’s modern, high-tech space capsule.

SpaceX Crew Dragon Splashes Down in Atlantic to Cap Historic Test Flight

1,954-mile ‘energy park’ would pay for border wall, create economic boom
Pentagon’s R&D Request Will Be the Biggest Ever, Shanahan Says
Nanosponges sop up toxins and help repair tissues
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
A Brother on the Moon
China’s lunar rover is awake again after an extended nap
NASA: To The Moon (And Definitely Beyond)
SpaceX's 1st Crew Dragon Undocks from Space Station for Return to Earth