Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Star Trek’s ‘Picard’ Depicts A Starship Captain In Winter

The first we see of Jean-Luc Picard in the trailer for “Star Trek: Picard” is him moping around at Chateau Picard among his vineyards. He is still traumatized at what happened during the last “Next Generation” movie, “Nemesis.” He has a lot to be sad about aside from the horrible reviews the movie got. The movie saw the destruction of Commander Data, the android second officer played by Brent Spiner, Picard’s friend and occasional conscience.

NASA agrees to work with SpaceX on orbital refueling technology
NASA warns commercial crew delays create uncertainty in ISS operations
What Happens in Intergalactic Space?
Moon Rush: The New Space Race
Why is it So Hard to Go Back to the Moon?
Debate over the universe’s expansion rate may unravel physics. Is it a crisis
Could Rust Be a New Source of Renewable Energy?
Why India Wants to Land a Rover on the Moon's South Pole

Friday, July 26, 2019

France to develop anti-satellite laser weapons: minister
NASA's forgotten plan to land people on Mars in the 1980s

Basking in the afterglow of the flight of Apollo 11, NASA set out to examine possibilities for a post-Apollo space program. The Nixon administration had commissioned a study conducted by the Space Task Group comprised of NASA engineers to assess what could be done given the development of Apollo-era technology. The Space Task Group’s report, delivered in September 1969, was breathtaking in its scope and ambition.

A 100-Meter Asteroid Just Buzzed Earth, and We Barely Noticed in Time
Should IPCC Openly Challenge 'Only 12 Years To Save Planet' Deadline Rhetoric? - Nature Comment
Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover
The Last Moonwalker and Other Stories
SpaceX’s Starship prototype has taken flight for the first time
NASA to retain SLS Green Run test
Watch SpaceX launch 2.5 tons of NASA supplies and experiments to the International Space Station

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Eight Reasons NASA Needs To Stick With Its Plan If It Wants To Get Back To The Moon (Or Beyond)
Elon Musk says SpaceX could land on the moon in 2 years. A NASA executive says 'we'll partner with them, and we'll get there faster' if the company can pull it off.
Seabed mining is coming — bringing mineral riches and fears of epic extinctions
A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts
Why is it So Hard to Go Back to the Moon?
World’s Largest Nuclear Fusion Experiment Clears Milestone
Harnessing the power of microbes for mining in space
Elon Says SpaceX Could Land Cargo Mission to Moon in 2021

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

An American Space Partnership With China Would Be Disastrous For The World

Apollo moonwalker Buzz Aldrin once urged the United States to open a dialogue with China to form a space partnership. Aldrin is not the only person to make such a suggestion. But Beijing’s aggressive, imperialist actions with the goal of supplanting the United States as the world’s dominant superpower argues against such an initiative. China’s rank human rights abuses make a moral case against such a partnership as well.

Ladyhawke (4/10) Movie CLIP - Navarre's Quest (1985) HD

Rutger Hauer RIP

HARRIET - Official Trailer [HD] - In Theaters November 1st

One of the most badass women of the 19th Century.
The Importance of Space Exploration
NASA needs a new spacesuit
Elon Musk Says SpaceX Will Boost the Power of Its Huge Super Heavy Rocket
New York Times corrects piece on NASA’s gender bias: ‘Testing included both men and women, not only men’
NASA taps Northrop Grumman in sole-source agreement to build Gateway habitat
Neil Armstrong killed by medical malpractice

Sunday, July 21, 2019


Star Trek: Picard | SDCC Trailer - Sir Patrick Stewart Returns

The Greatest Leap, part 5: Saving the crew of Apollo 13
The Greatest Leap, part 4: Catching Apollo fever as a new NASA employee
A lot has changed since Apollo 11 — how will we experience the next moon landing?
How NASA's moon mission turned Houston into "Space City"
NASA draws from Apollo emblem for new Artemis program logo
Lockheed Martin Completes NASA's Orion Spacecraft Capsule for Artemis 1 Mission to the Moon
NASA chief: Future Artemis Moon missions will build on Apollo 11’s incredible legacy
Forget the Green New Deal. Elizabeth Warren wants the Green Apollo Program.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Why Apollo 11 Matters

Apollo 11: 50 Years Later

Returning to the moon to gain soft political power
How ice on the moon can get us to Mars
Returning to the moon for rocket fuel and clean energy
Going back to the moon for science
We Choose To Go To The Moon Again: The Scientific Reasons Why Humans Must Return To Lunar Surface
NASA's plan to return to the Moon with Project Artemis
On 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing, here's why 'moon truthers' still exist
Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin complains about current U.S. lunar ability
What Is the Apollo 11 Landing Site Like Now?
What the moon landings taught us
Race back to space

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Top Gun: Maverick - Official Trailer (2020) - Paramount Pictures

I have the need -- for speed!
Natural compound found in grape skins, berries, and red wine, could help Mars explorers stay fit
Chandrayaan-2 Moon mission launch rescheduled for July 22: ISRO
Artemis cost estimate won’t be ready until 2020
The Greatest Leap, part 2: The 50/50 bet that won the Space Race for America
NASA boss pleads for steady moon mission funding
NASA’s large SLS rocket unlikely to fly before at least late 2021
NASA celebrates Moon landing with immersive Apollo-era panoramas

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

"Bridges" | Scherie Murray for Congress

AOC gets an opponent and boy is she impressive!
How will we experience the next moon landing?

People who were not directly involved with the Apollo 11 moon landing, 50 years ago, experienced the event in a passive manner, sitting in front of an analog television set, watching the transmissions from the lunar surface while commentators described what was happening on another world in awestruck, breathless tones. It is estimated that 500 million people watched the first moon landing on a planet that contained just 3.5 billion people. Apollo 11 was the most watched and most expensive reality show in human history.

NASA bets on spacecraft that can 3D print and self-assemble in orbit
How Moon Landing Conspiracy Theories Spread Before the Internet
To the moon and beyond 3: The new space race and what winning it looks like
Artemis: A Novel
The Last Moonwalker and Other Stories
NASA Takes A New Look At Apollo 11's Lunar Touchdown
The Greatest Leap, part 1: How the Apollo fire propelled NASA to the Moon
Apollo 11's 50th: NASA asks East Tennessee artist to create mosaic using 'Moon Wood'

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

NASA Exploration Chief’s Ouster Is Great News For Trump’s Moon Mission

Bill Gerstenmaier has been running NASA’s human space flight directorate since 2005. His tenure lasted through three administrations. He is a popular and well-respected NASA manager.

Yet, the fact that President Bush’s Project Constellation and President Obama’s Road to Mars never made it to the launchpad suggested that he was not the man to run President Trump’s Artemis “return to the moon” program. In the interest of getting Americans back to the moon by 2024, Gerstenmaier had to go.

Apollo 11 Launch (Original NASA Video)

50 years ago today...
Going Back: Why returning to the moon is so important for the U.S.
The canceled Apollo missions to the moon would have been epic
SpaceX finally reveals cause of April spacecraft explosion
There’s a slight problem with Russia’s proposed Federation spacecraft
How to fight a war in space (and get away with it)
The Moon, Mars, and Beyond
Why is it So Hard to Go Back to the Moon?
Mapping the moon for Apollo
Apollo 11 flight director remembers historic mission to the Moon
The Moment That Made Neil Armstrong’s Heart Rate Spike

Friday, July 12, 2019

Hey. Americans Change Their Mind: Majority Now Favor A Manned Mars Mission

Jim Bridenstine pours cold water on Keith Cowing's absurd rumormongering about a pivot to Mars.

It was very brief. I had seen him in the media talk about Mars a lot, and I just reached out and wanted to make sure that we were in alignment. We want to talk about Mars, and certainly, we want to go to the Moon to get to Mars because that’s the path.

And he said, “Absolutely. You got to go to the Moon to get to Mars because I certainly understand that.” He also says he wants us to talk about Mars. He said that’s the generational thing that will inspire the nation, and he says, “So keep talking about Mars.” And so that’s what we’re doing.

The canceled Apollo missions to the moon would have been epic

However, three more missions to the moon — Apollos 18, 19 and 20 — could have been flown, but instead were canceled. All of the hardware for these missions had already been built, and trained astronauts were ready to fly. The savings of those cancellations amounted to only a few tens of millions of dollars.

Why the Moon Landings Footage Would Have Been Impossible to Fake
The New Space Race: NASA, China, and Jeff Bezos
The women of NASA are looking to the lunar horizon
The Dish
The Man from Mars: The Asteroid Mining Caper
NASA administrator explains decision to replace head of human spaceflight programs
Senators working on “bold” new NASA authorization bill
NASA telescope detects supermassive black hole that shouldn't exist

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The irrepressible Keith Cowing is spreading rumors again.

"There is a pervasive rumor circulating in the space sector that the President will make a statement associated w/the #Apollo11 anniversary. It would supposedly have more to do w/Mars than #moon2024. Sources talk about a 24 Jul event at @NASA - maybe JSC. #rumor #hearsay #gossip "

I can believe that the President is going to make a speech for the 50th Anniversary of Apollo. In fact, I advised him to do so recently.

However, I don’t think he’s going to abandon the moon and try to go directly to Mars. As recently as the 4th of July celebration on the Washington Mall the president was careful to mention going back to the moon and going to Mars to Gene Kranz in front of a million people, not to mention the millions more who watched on TV. I think he will talk about going back to the moon and going to Mars as two things that are linked. But he should do it at Rice University rather than JSC. The symbolism would be unmistakable.

Protecting America’s Future Means Militarizing Space Today

The Roman general Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus said, “If you want peace, prepare for war.”

The statement was true when Roman legions guarded the Pax Romana. It is true today as America’s armed forces maintain a fragile peace throughout the world. It will be true in the future when humanity expands beyond Earth. That means we need a Space Force to keep peace on the high frontier.

NASA’s Fuel-less Space Engine Has Been Tested
NASA grows garden on International Space Station
Lunar GPS? NASA Knows How to Help Astronauts Navigate
The Last Moonwalker and Other Stories
Can We Use Special Sails To Bring Old Satellites Back Down To Earth?
What Will Life on Mars Be Like?
Head of NASA’s human exploration program demoted as agency pushes for Moon return

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Reaching The ‘Golden Asteroid’ Is Well Worth Our Tax Dollars

NASA is preparing to launch a probe to an asteroid called “16 Psyche,” also known as the “golden asteroid.” It holds industrial and precious metals worth an estimated $10,000 quadrillion at current market value. The asteroid and similar mineral sources could help NASA change space exploration from an expensive government program to something that could create limitless prosperity.

The Orion spacecraft flew Tuesday morning and it looked pretty spectacular
President Trump Has A Problematic Fixation On Mars
Asteroids headed for Earth? Poll shows Americans are ill-informed about space
Five schemes for cheaper space launches—and five cautionary tales
Your Mobile Phone vs. Apollo 11's Guidance Computer
Here's the Best Way for Humans to Conquer the Galaxy, According to NASA
NASA Has Space in All 50 States
NASA Selects 12 New Lunar Science, Technology Investigations