Monday, February 24, 2020

Space Adventures proposes an orbital cruise on the SpaceX Dragon

Recently, Space Adventures announced that it will offer an orbital cruise on board the SpaceX Dragon, the same craft that will shortly take astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS). Up to four adventurous and well-heeled people will be rocketed into space in an orbit that will be farther away from Earth than any human has flown since the Apollo 17 mission, two to three times higher than the ISS.

Japan’s mission to explore Mars’ moons gets a green light
JAXA Is Going To Land on Phobos, the 14th Best Moon in the Solar System
Hammers And Shakers Test NASA’s New Moon Rocket
Should NASA Send New Horizons To A Nearby Star For Its Final Mission?

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The real reason SpaceX hired former top NASA official

Last summer it looked as if the long, celebrated career of Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA’s associate administrator in charge of human spaceflight, had reached a somewhat ignominious end. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine had removed Gerstenmaier from his post because it was felt that the man who had guided the shuttle, the ISS, commercial crew, and both the previous and current attempts to send astronauts back to the moon was ill-suited for guiding NASA’s effort to send the first woman and next man to the lunar surface by 2024.

Want To Be a NASA Astronaut? Now’s Your Chance.
SpaceX successfully conducts fifth Starlink launch – booster misses drone ship
What Would It Be Like to Take a Road Trip Across Pluto?
Why Do New Disease Outbreaks Always Seem to Start in China?
Scientists theorize that space aliens may already be here, but we don’t recognize them

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

The death of the Challenger and the birth of commercial space

On January 28, 1986, at 11:39 EST, the space shuttle Challenger lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center. Her crew consisted of six NASA astronauts, Commander Francis R. Scobee, Pilot Michael J. Smith, mission specialists Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnik and Gregory Jarvis, and teacher Christa McAuliffe, who had been chosen to become the first American civilian to go into space. No one cheering when the Challenger cleared the tower knew, but both shuttle and her gallant company were doomed.

NASA’s Lucy spacecraft could unravel the mystery of how the solar system formed
NASA selects Axiom Space to build commercial space station segment
What's the Difference Between Belief in Dark Matter and Belief in God?
Does Information Have Mass?
U.S. government urges Americans to reconsider travel to China because of coronavirus

Monday, January 27, 2020

House NASA Bill Cancelling Lunar Base Makes No Sense – Even To Go To Mars

On Jan. 24, the House Science, Space and Technology Committee released the draft of a NASA authorization bill that canceled the planned lunar base. Instead, the U.S. would mount a series of Apollo-style expeditions to the lunar surface solely to practice going to Mars. But the plan makes no sense — even to go to Mars.

Also House legislators want to hand NASA’s human spaceflight program over to Boeing

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine has some thoughts, which is to say a devastating takedown of the House bill.

Homer Hickam has some marching orders for the committee.

CSF Statement on House Space Subcommittee NASA Authorization Bill
Is the Moon a Stepping Stone or a Cornerstone for Mars?
NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will be the first to fly SpaceX's Crew Dragon spaceship. Here's how they're preparing.
Coronavirus: 100,000 may already be infected, experts warn
How one woman became the exception to her family’s Alzheimer’s history
What your voice would sound like on other planets and moons
Population Control Isn't the Answer to Climate Change. Capitalism Is.

Friday, January 17, 2020