Friday, June 28, 2019

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

President Trump Has A Problematic Fixation On Mars

President Trump has a fixation on going to Mars. That’s misguided and problematic for several reasons. NASA is going to the moon in the near term, not Mars. Trump, first in a tweet and then in a line at a political rally, seemed to suggest otherwise, spreading confusion and consternation.

The golden asteroid that could make everyone on Earth a billionaire
Israeli team will no longer send a second spacecraft to the Moon
A vaccine for Alzheimer's is on the verge of becoming a reality
SpaceX just aced a critical Air Force test of its Falcon Heavy rocket
From the Archives: After the Apollo Program Ended, NASA Settled on a New, Less Glamorous Mission
NASA Selects Partners for Mars 2020 “Name the Rover” Contest, Seeks Judges
NASA to open moon rock samples sealed since Apollo missions

Friday, June 21, 2019

The first duty of a Space Force is to protect space commerce
France Hitches a Ride on NASA’s Next Mission to the Moon
India is making a play to become a major space power

India is making a play to become a major space power © Getty Images India has started to make decisions that will make that country a major space power. The south Asian country is responding to China’s progress in space. It has not only set the date for the launch of its next moon mission; it has also decided that it needs its own independent space station.

One legacy of Carl Sagan may take flight next week—a working solar sail
Enceladus is Filled with Tasty Food for Bacteria
Americans prefer to stop asteroids from hitting Earth over going to the Moon or Mars
NASA contractors support Artemis cost estimate
Coverage Set for NASA Missions Launching on Falcon Heavy

Sunday, June 16, 2019

For those looking for arguments supporting the return to the moon, here follows my three part series in the Hill:

Going back to the moon for science

Returning to the moon for rocket fuel and clean energy

Returning to the moon to gain soft political power

And do not forget my analysis of the politics and history behind going back to the moon: Why is it So Hard to Go Back to the Moon?

NASA plans to open the International Space Station for business
Russians Mock Elon Musk, Send Toy Car Into Space
NASA's Psyche Mission Has a Metal World in Its Sights
Gabriella's Holy War
Will Orbit Beyond's Indian Lander Be Built In Florida or India?
NASA shortlist of female astronauts that could be first woman to walk on the moon
NASA Names 11 Space Companies to Return to the Moon
Will Apollo Nostalgia Help NASA Get Its Artemis Moon Money?

Friday, June 14, 2019

NASA plans to open the International Space Station for business

NASA has announced a plan to start commercializing the International Space Station. The plan will eventually lead to the development of commercial space stations that will take over low Earth orbit operations once the ISS is decommissioned. That will happen in 2028 or 2030, depending on what Congress decides.

Why the Moon landing matters, 50 years later
All Eyes on the Moon
Democrats have set themselves a major ‘climate trap’
The Spanish Armada: A History
The Flight of the Grey Falcon
SpaceX Starship taking shape at Cocoa steel facility
Yes, Saturn's Rings Are Awesome — NASA's Cassini Showed Us Just HOW Awesome.
Street In Front Of NASA Headquarters Renamed To Honor 'Hidden Figures'

Thursday, June 13, 2019

NASA estimates it will need $20 billion to $30 billion for moon landing, administrator says
NASA Eyes Wild Space Tech Ideas to Mine the Moon (and Asteroids, Too!)
China’s New Wealth-Creation Scheme: Mining the Moon
India to have a separate space station: ISRO
International experiments selected to fly on Chinese space Station
House Armed Services Committee votes to create a U.S. Space Corps
Fusion-Powered Spacecraft Could Be Just a Decade Away
Who owns the moon?
Scientists Solve Mystery of Ceres' Lonely Mountain
Apollo 11 (2019) [Blu-ray]
Why is it So Hard to Go Back to the Moon?
NASA says now is a great time to leave Earth
NASA Unveils 'Hidden Figures Way' at Headquarters to Honor Female Space Icons
NASA's Mars 2020 Will Blaze a Trail — for Humans

Wednesday, June 12, 2019


Texas. Sen Ted Cruz has a bipartisan new plan to preserve the Apollo moon landing sites. If Congress wants to preserve a key piece of history, members should act swiftly to approve it.

At Today’s NASA, Success Is Not an Option
Bigelow aims to sell rides to space station on SpaceX Dragon ships for $52M a seat
A Close Look at Newborn Planets Reveals Hints of Infant Moons
Moon Rush: The New Space Race
The Man from Mars: The Asteroid Mining Caper
Companies express varying interest in NASA’s ISS commercialization plan
NASA addresses Trump’s bizarre Moon tweet, says everything is fine
Chandrayaan-2: India unveils spacecraft for second Moon mission

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Jeff Bezos interrupted by protester, says space exploration is necessary to ‘save the Earth’
How Jim Bridenstine recruited an old enemy to advise NASA

It could be a delicious development if Project Artemis, the new attempt to return to the moon, would be the instrument of healing the wound that Obama inflicted on NASA and forging a new bipartisan consensus to take America and the rest of the world into deep space. Bridenstine’s reaching out to Nelson is a step in that direction, a small step, but one that could lead to many giant leaps.

‘Archaeology of D-Day’ Aims to Preserve What the Soldiers Left Behind
The Last Moonwalker and Other Stories
Hack-a-Mole! This Is How NASA Hopes to Get a Heat Probe Digging on Mars Again
NASA To Visit Mysterious Metallic Asteroid For The First Time
NASA's first SpaceX astronauts ready for 'messy camping trip' to space

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

The second-greatest thing I ever saw was the moon landing
Space Act Calls for Protection of Apollo 11 Landing Site
Company lands NASA deal, to build moon landers in Port Orange
NASA astronauts are restoring Florida Keys reefs while training for deep space missions
Can Soil Solve the Climate Crisis?
The Case for Space: How the Revolution in Spaceflight Opens Up a Future of Limitless Possibility
Why is it So Hard to Go Back to the Moon?
The elements we might mine on the moon
Does Particle Physics Have A Future On Earth?
America's energy boom is changing geopolitics, just as Reagan foresaw

Monday, June 03, 2019

For All Mankind — Official First Look Trailer | Apple TV+

This one looks awfully familiar.  In any case it looks like I'm getting Apple TV.
NASA can return to the moon in 2024. But that’ll take money.
Weird 'Fettucine' Rocks May Help Us Spot Life on Mars
SpaceX readying Starhopper for hops in Texas as Pad 39A plans materialize in Florida
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
Gabriella's Holy War
Martian clouds sail above NASA's Curiosity rover
Why astronomers are worried that SpaceX’s satellite network will pollute the night sky
Questions surround NASA’s shutdown of an international cosmic-ray instrument