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  • There is no valid analogy between the Gulf spill and Apollo 13 (Apollo Astronaut Schmitt Speaks Out)

    06/01/2010 10:39:27 PM PDT · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 8 replies · 518+ views
    Watts Up With That (Guest Editorial) ^ | 2 June 2010 | H. Harrison Schmitt (Senator)
    The chasm between Apollo and the Gulf President Obama’s Administration and its supportive media repeatedly say our 1970 Apollo 13 experience is analogous to the effort to contain and cap the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Not hardly! The rescue of Astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert, after an oxygen tank explosion on their spacecraft, illustrates how complex technical accidents should be handled, in contrast to the Gulf fiasco. Nothing in the government’s response to the blowout and explosion on the Deepwater Horizon and its aftermath bears any resemblance to the response to the...
  • The Space Ruse: Obama's New Frontier

    04/16/2010 6:44:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies · 916+ views
    investors.com ^ | 4/16/10 | editor
    Competitiveness: The president spent Tax Day reassuring Florida voters that money will keep flowing to NASA. But in space as well as on Earth, we'll be an unexceptional nation. In space, no one can hear you scheme. President Obama's speech at the Kennedy Space Center will never be confused with President Kennedy's clarion call in 1961 to send an American to the moon within a decade. Rather it was an admission that we will now boldly go where no one wants to go.
  • Apollo hero Armstrong condemns Obama space plan ("devastating" to the US space program)

    04/13/2010 5:36:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies · 1,087+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/13/10 | AFP
    <p>WASHINGTON (AFP) – Apollo 11 hero Neil Armstrong Tuesday lashed out at President Barack Obama's decision to axe NASA plans to return to the Moon, describing the move as "devastating" to the US space program.</p> <p>Armstrong, the first human to set foot on the lunar surface, was one of three former astronauts who signed an open letter to Obama ahead of his visit to Florida on Thursday where he will deliver a space policy speech.</p>
  • The American Minute: April 11, 2010-Apollo 13-Danger-And the PRAYER that Brought Them Home

    04/11/2010 6:49:50 PM PDT · by Freedom'sWorthIt · 30 replies · 597+ views
    The American Minute ^ | 04/11/2010 | William J Federer
    American Minute for April 11th: "Houston, we've had a problem" were the words sent from Apollo 13, which was launched for the moon APRIL 11, 1970. Mission control identified that an oxygen tank had exploded, irreparably damaging the craft. Special prayer services were held at the Chicago Board of Trade, at St. Peter's Basilica by the Pope, at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem and reported in The New York Times. Even the U.S. Senate adopted a resolution urging prayer. In sub-zero temperature, the crew pieced together an oxygen filter, jump-charged the command module batteries, and manually steered the ship to...
  • 40 Years Ago This Month: Apollo 13

    04/09/2010 12:31:12 PM PDT · by chimera · 23 replies · 823+ views
    various | 4/9/2010 | chimera
    Unlucky Apollo 13 was launched from KSC on April 11, 1970. Liftoff occurred at 2:13 pm EST, which, auspiciously, was 13:13 CST at MSC in Houston. For the superstitious among us, this in-your-face planning by NASA could only bode ill for the mission. The remarkable journey of Apollo 13 has been documented in print and, most famously, the motion picture starring Tom Hanks. Since most of us know the overall story, we will focus here on the notable aspects and perhaps lesser-known but still interesting details. The third manned lunar landing mission was targeted for the Fra Mauro feature, near...
  • One of the newest craters on the Moon

    03/30/2010 8:46:36 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies · 912+ views
    discovermagazine.com ^ | March 29, 2010 | Phil Plait
    On April 14th, 1970, a new crater was carved into the surface of the Moon: How do we know it’s new? Because we made it. That’s the impact scar of the third stage of the Saturn V rocket (technically designated S-IVB) that carried Apollo 13 to — but sadly, not on — the Moon. Earlier missions had placed seismic instruments on the lunar surface to measure if the Moon had any activity. They found it did, and in fact several moonquakes were big enough that had you been standing there, you would have felt them quite strongly (and probably been...
  • FR Exc! Heroes Neil Armstrong, Gene Cernan, Jim Lovell, Steve Ritchie Forbidden To See Troops In SWA

    03/08/2010 10:01:36 AM PST · by MindBender26 · 138 replies · 1,155+ views
    Personal phone call | MB26
    FR Exclusive American Heroes; Neil Armstrong, Gene Cernan, Jim Lovell, Steve Ritchie Forbidden To See Troops In SWA I am just off phone with a member of the American Heroes tour group stuck in Qatar. The four, Armstrong, Cernan. Lovell and Ritchie have been planning this tour to see the real front-line troops for months, so they could give some visual support and morale boost to the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. But now they are stuck in a rear area in Qatar, because some Washington Weenie claims it would be too dangerous for them to move any farther forward,...
  • CalPERS loses $475 million on investment that paid controversial placement agent millions

    02/24/2010 9:33:41 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 378+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 2/24/10 | Dale Kasler
    CalPERS says it has lost $475 million on an investment that yielded controversial placement agent and former CalPERS board member Alfred Villalobos his biggest single payday. The loss is based on June 30 figures and appears to have shrunk somewhat in the months since. Because the loss is still on paper, it could rebound some more before CalPERS chooses to sell it. .. The pension fund said its equity investment in New York financial giant Apollo Global Management had fallen to an estimated $124.6 million as of last June, the latest figures available. Cal-PERS paid $600 million for the investment...
  • America: Lost In Space

    01/28/2010 5:39:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies · 1,305+ views
    Investors.com ^ | January 28, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Achievement: The nation that put the first man on the moon may have put its last as budget cuts slash NASA's plans to return. Men will return to the moon, but they will likely speak Chinese. On May 25, 1961, President Kennedy announced in front of a joint session of Congress the dramatic and ambitious goal of sending an American to the moon by the end of that decade. It was a clarion call to the American spirit and technology to rise up and prove that America's best days were still ahead. Forty-one years after Neil Armstrong set foot on...
  • Obama space policy cedes Moon to China, Space Station to Russia and Liberty to the Ages

    02/06/2010 8:58:52 AM PST · by Prospero · 24 replies · 676+ views
    LUNAR-L list ^ | February 6, 2010 | Former Sen. Harrison H. Schmitt (R-NM)
    Former U.S. Senator Harrison H. "Jack" Schmitt (R-NM) was the twelfth and last man to set foot on the Moon, as lunar module pilot for Apollo 17 in December 1972. The Administration finally has announced its formal retreat on American Space Policy after a year of morale destroying clouds of uncertainty. The lengthy delay, the abandonment of human exploration, and the wimpy, un-American thrust of the proposed budget indicates that the Administration does not understand, or want to acknowledge, the essential role space plays in the future of the United States and liberty. This continuation of other apologies and retreats...
  • Two public policy groups see opportunity in Ohio for 'green-collar' jobs (Weather Underground)

    01/26/2010 1:14:29 AM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies · 502+ views
    Crain's Cleveland ^ | 1/25/10 | MARK DODOSH
    Two public policy groups see opportunity in Ohio for 'green-collar' jobsBy MARK DODOSH 12:25 pm, January 25, 2010 The two public policy groups — Apollo Alliance of San Francisco and Policy Matters Ohio — have released a joint report that recommends changes in Ohio's job training efforts in order to better prepare people for what they call “green-collar jobs” in the clean energy sector of the economy. The report, “Mapping Green Career Pathways: Job Training Opportunities and Infrastructure in Ohio,” said many of the elements of a green training infrastructure already exist in Ohio. However, the two groups say there...
  • CalPERS reveals middlemen paid $125 million to win fund's business

    01/15/2010 2:01:54 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 409+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 1/15/10 | Dale Kasler
    Shedding new light on the involvement of former board members in lucrative deals, CalPERS revealed Thursday that marketing middlemen known as placement agents earned more than $125 million in fees from investments by the pension fund. The agents include four ex-CalPERS board members, among them former state Treasurer Matt Fong and former CalPERS President William Crist. Their activities as placement agents were disclosed for the first time in thousands of pages of documents released by the California Public Employees' Retirement System. Crist defended his work when reached by phone at his home in Turlock on Thursday, and Fong couldn't be...
  • 40 Years Ago This Month: Apollo 12

    11/03/2009 8:57:44 AM PST · by chimera · 27 replies · 1,043+ views
    various | 11/3/2009 | chimera
    They say no one remembers No. 2, but the second manned lunar landing was memorable for a number of reasons. First, almost anyone familiar with the Apollo program remembers the launch. Apollo 12 was successfully launched in a rainstorm from Kennedy Space Center on Nov. 14th, 1969. As the Saturn V lifted from the launch pad, the familiar voice of Mission Commander Pete Conrad was heard on the air-to-ground loop playfully exclaiming, “That’s a LOVELY liftoff, that’s not bad at all!”, and indeed for a time it wasn’t. While normal at first, all hell broke loose about 30 seconds into...
  • New Apollo 17 Landing Photo Clearly Shows Lander, Flag

    11/02/2009 8:04:39 AM PST · by Reaganesque · 70 replies · 3,821+ views
    Gizmodo.com ^ | 10/31/09 | Rosa Golijan
    It's blurrier than old MySpace snapshots, but it's there as expected. The Apollo Lunar Modules and the US flag left behind at the Apollo 17 landing site has been caught in a close-up image by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. The lander as well as the flag, or rather the remaining flag pole, seen in the image above are exactly where they should be based on this shot by the Ascent Module "right after Apollo 17 lifted off the Moon": Going a step further, the location can be compared to more recent images of the landing site and everything still...
  • Soros: Obama's Puppeteer (Part 1 - 3)

    10/05/2009 9:08:44 AM PDT · by Kimberly GG · 5 replies · 729+ views
    Hubpages ^ | unknown | "jiberish"
    The Man Behind the Curtain and his Drones. ...."In a November 2008 in and interview with Spiegel, Soros made some comments that accurately outlined precisely the course that President Obama's administration would eventually pursue in 2009: "I think we need a large stimulus package which will provide funds for state and local government to maintain their budgets -- because they are not allowed by the constitution to run a deficit. For such a program to be successful, the federal government would need to provide hundreds of billions of dollars. In addition, another infrastructure program is necessary. In total, the cost...
  • NY's Tax-Funded Ex-Terrorist

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid recently credited Apollo with helping write the stimulus bill and getting it passed. Yet the stimulus' "green jobs" provisions funnel federal tax dollars to unions, green groups and community organizers -- that is, the organizations that make up Apollo. Jones was a fugitive from justice for 11 years. His own account at his Web site says: "As a leader of the Weather Underground, Jeff evaded an intense FBI manhunt for more than a decade. In 1981, they finally got him. Twenty special agents battered down the door of the Bronx apartment where he was living...
  • (Jeff Jones) NY's Tax-Funded Ex-Terrorist (Weather Underground-Apollo)

    09/09/2009 6:03:38 AM PDT · by maggief · 5 replies · 903+ views
    NY Post ^ | 9/09/09 | PHIL KERPEN
    VAN Jones resigned as White House green-jobs czar after the public got a look at his history of radical activism, including his time building the so-called Apollo Alliance -- a coalition of left-wing interest groups unified around the green-jobs concept. But another, even more radical Jones (not related) is leading Apollo's New York state activities.
  • A Truther czar? ...Vetting Czar??

    09/04/2009 7:16:44 AM PDT · by opentalk · 6 replies · 598+ views
    Politico ^ | September 3, 2009 | Ben Smith
    As a reader asks, how did Van Jones make it through vetting to become Obama's green jobs czar? Though very well regarded by officials of both parties, and a major figure in the new environmental movement, he's the type of figure who typically stays outside government. The only reason his various outrageous statements and affiliations haven't become a major issue yet is, paradoxically, because they're being driven by Glenn Beck.
  • Glenn Beck Has Brass Gonads

    08/29/2009 8:27:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 195 replies · 8,465+ views
    Townhall ^ | August 29, 2009 | Doug Giles
    Don’t you know Obama and his ilk wish to God (or whoever the heck they wish to) that Glenn Beck would fall into adultery with an Argentinean newswoman, or cut his jugular vein while shaving, or show up drunk, high and naked to his FOX show and forever be publically vilified, marginalized and thus muzzled? Beck has formally joined Rush as an Official Pain in Barack Obama’s Backside (OPIBOB). (Are you an OPIBOB yet?) Yep, not only has Obama’s administration called Rush out, but the White House has now phoned Beck during his TV show in an attempt to get...
  • How much is George Soros manipulating you and America?

    08/10/2009 12:57:53 PM PDT · by opentalk · 20 replies · 1,247+ views
    Book by David Horowitz and Richard Poe, Shadow Government | 8/10/09 | self
    I came across a book written by David Horowitz and Richard Poe about George Soros. The Shadow Pary. It was written three years ago. With what is happening in our country and the involvemnt of Acorn, Unions, activist groups and media blackouts this is worth reading.
  • The Apollo Alliance: Hijacking Our Country

    08/27/2009 6:25:56 AM PDT · by opentalk · 5 replies · 841+ views
    Right Soup ^ | August 5, 2009 | Erin
    Note these names in particular: George Soros–Multi-billionaire funder of leftwing causes and groups, Tides Foundation’s Wade Rathke (ACORN founder), and Anna Burger–Secretary Treasurer of SEIU, with massive influence over Obama. The Alliance has boasted of writing both the stimulus bill AND Cap and Trade. And it is driving the Obama Reich’s agenda with unbelievable force.
  • Who Wrote the Stimulus Bill? Apollo

    08/26/2009 1:01:59 PM PDT · by opentalk · 15 replies · 3,338+ views
    wordpress ^ | august 4, 2009 | Romanticpoet
    UPDATE! 8/4/09 The Apollo Alliance has now ADMITTED that they wrote the Stimulus Bill AND the Cap and Trade Bill. It will only be a matter of time before America learns THEY wrote the Healthcare Bill too!
  • Obama shadow government contains strange bedfellows

    08/26/2009 10:13:59 AM PDT · by usalady · 3 replies · 759+ views
    examiner.com ^ | August 26, 2009 | Martha
    President Obama's Shadow Government has begun to attract attention as more is known about the people he has appointed to positions that need no Congressional approval.
  • Governor Palin: Who Is Actually Running The White House?

    08/26/2009 9:03:36 AM PDT · by MaxCUA · 20 replies · 2,129+ views
    FOX News' Glenn Beck is doing an extraordinary job this week walking America behind the scenes of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and outlining who is actually running the White House. Monday night he asked us to invite one friend to watch; tonight I invite all my friends to watch (Rush will be on tonight). -Sarah Palin
  • Obama’s Communist Advisor and His Billion-Dollar Army

    08/25/2009 9:02:19 AM PDT · by HorowitzianConservative · 5 replies · 1,070+ views
    NewsReal Blog ^ | August 25, 2009 | David Horowitz
    I'm in NY where I'll be headed to the Fox studios in a few hours to tape the "Glenn Beck Show." The segment I'm doing will be aired Thursday as part of a week-long series called "The New Republic," which is Glenn's look at the radical agendas of the Obama Administration. Last night, with Pat Caddell as his guest, Glenn made the connection between the trillion-dollar defcits Obama is deliberately running up and the Cloward-Piven strategy devised by two Columbia radicals to bankrupt the welfare system in New York in order to create a crisis that would generate radical change....
  • Would Someone Please

    08/26/2009 8:32:59 AM PDT · by charmedone · 36 replies · 2,470+ views
    Inner thoughts | 8/26/09 | Self
    Would someone please disprove that which Mr. Beck has been discussing on his TV show this week! Please prove him wrong. It can't possibly be that at least 5 of his closest inner circle advisors are ADMITTED active members of the Communist party. What we are witnessing is the destruction of America. And 99% of the citizens just stand by and gleefully watch the weenie get wiggled up their rear ends. Please prove Glenn wrong.
  • Obama's 'green jobs czar' worked with terror founder

    08/13/2009 3:10:55 AM PDT · by Man50D · 15 replies · 793+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | August 13, 2009 | Aaron Klein
    Van Jones, the man appointed as "green jobs czar" to the White House, previously served on the board of an environmental activist group at which a founder of the Weather Underground terrorist organization is a top director. WND previously reported Jones was as an admitted radical communist and black nationalist leader. He was appointed to serve as the special adviser for green jobs, enterprise and innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. According to the White House blog, Jones' duties include helping to craft job-generating climate policy and to ensure equal opportunity in the administration's energy proposals. Jones,...
  • Communist Green Jobs Czar's Group Takes Aim at TV's Glenn Beck

    08/12/2009 5:33:26 PM PDT · by vadum · 4 replies · 701+ views
    American Spectator ^ | August 12, 2009 | Matthew Vadum
    Color of Change has an axe to grind with Glenn Beck -- and it's personal. The extremist racial grievance group isn't happy that Beck did several news packages on Van Jones, President Obama's controversial green jobs czar who describes himself as a communist. [...] Jones is a founding board member of Color of Change, but [the group] doesn't want you to know that. Maybe having an avowed America-hating radical on the group's board is bad public relations. The group deleted references to Jones on its "about" page. [...] The old page still exists in the Google cache. [...] The 501(c)(4)...
  • What Dreams May Come: My Two Cents on Apollo 11

    07/21/2009 12:34:54 PM PDT · by SpareChange · 4 replies · 562+ views
    Spare Change | 20 July 2009 | David J. Aland
    Forty years ago today, at precisely 8:17PM, two Americans rode a flimsy marvel of engineering down to the first manned landing on the moon. Few slept that night, the heat of another sticky July evening passed unnoticed across the United States. For several hours that night, the world briefly contracted to a square-foot of grainy black-and-white television, and millions watched as a human being set foot on another world. Forty years ago today, the possibilities were limitless. Forty years ago, I was nearly the same age my son is today, that summer that I crossed “the great divide” from primary...
  • Lunar liturgy [First 'moon food' was spiritual sustenance]

    07/21/2009 10:34:47 AM PDT · by rhema · 13 replies · 561+ views
    WORLD ^ | July 20, 2009 | Mickey McLean
    Today is the 40th anniversary of man’s first steps on the surface of the moon. On July 20, 1969, Apollo astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin descended from the lunar module Eagle, with Armstrong uttering these famous first words: “That’s one small step for [a] man; one giant leap for mankind.” A short while later, Aldrin privately added some words to mark the occasion . . . from the Word. On his website author Eric Metaxas shares Aldrin’s little-known story of taking communion on the moon: “In the radio blackout, I opened the little plastic packages which contained the bread...
  • How about remembering Apollo ONE as well as 11 [Vanity]

    07/20/2009 2:24:31 PM PDT · by SES1066 · 17 replies · 555+ views
    Self ^ | 7/20/09 | Self
    In this time of VERY JUSTIFIABLE pride in Apollo 11, can we also spare a few moments to remember our Apollo Martyrs of Apollo 1. On January 27, 1969, in a test of the new Apollo Capsule, Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee died in a horrible fire. In the next year the Apollo Capsule was so redesigned and reworked that it can hardly be called the same machine.
  • Men on the moon

    07/20/2009 9:52:39 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 10 replies · 500+ views
    SUN HERALD ^ | July 20, 2009 | By J.R. WELSH
    STENNIS SPACE CENTER — Forty years ago today, millions of Americans huddled in front of television screens to watch two U.S. astronauts walk on the moon, after getting there courtesy of a rocket engine that would become part of South Mississippi history. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to reach the moon’s surface — a feat that, even in these high-tech times, seems incredible. America listened as Eagle, the Apollo 11 lunar module, settled down on the moon and Armstrong made his announcement: “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.” Memories of that late-night event, and...
  • 40 Years Ago Today Man First Walked on the Moon

    07/20/2009 8:22:19 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 11 replies · 516+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07-20-09 | Mike's America
    One of the most stupendous days in the history of man! And a great day to be proud of what America and Americans can do! A short two minute video with the late Walter Cronkite bringing us the news: [video at site] Restored moonwalk video montage here.It was hard to believe that we were actually watching live television images from the moon: "One small step for a man. One giant leap for mankind." -- Neil Armstrong, July 20, 1969 from Tranquility Base Photo Tribute:It was only later, after the astronauts returned, that we saw these color images: The Apollo 11...
  • First Communion on the Moon

    07/19/2009 3:06:20 PM PDT · by Young Werther · 38 replies · 1,938+ views
    Liturgy ^ | July 16, 2009 | Bosco Peterson
    On Sunday July 20, 1969 the first people landed on the moon. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were in the lunar lander which touched down at 3:17 Eastern Standard Time. Buzz Aldrin had with him the Reserved Sacrament. He radioed: “Houston, this is Eagle. This is the LM pilot speaking. I would like to request a few moments of silence. I would like to invite each person listening in, whoever or wherever he may be, to contemplate for a moment the events of the last few hours, and to give thanks in his own individual way.”
  • NASA Briefs Media on New Images of Apollo Lunar Landing Sites

    07/17/2009 8:59:51 AM PDT · by messierhunter · 99 replies · 4,001+ views
    NASA ^ | ngchunter
    "GREENBELT, Md. -- NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has sent back its first images of Apollo lunar landing sites. The agency will release the images Friday, July 17, at noon and hold a teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT to discuss the photos and future plans for the LRO mission."
  • LIVE THREAD - Apollo 11 Mission (recreated)

    07/16/2009 8:14:55 AM PDT · by Carlucci · 15 replies · 648+ views
    JFK Library ^ | JFK Library
    Moon Landing Re-created and re-broadcast in real-time.
  • wechoosethemoon.org - rebroadcast of Apollo 11 mission and Armstrong moonwalk

    07/14/2009 10:17:28 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 7 replies · 1,011+ views
    the net ^ | 7-14-09
    On Thursday, you can watch online in real time, 40 years later real time, the launch of Apollo 11 and the moonwalk by Michael Jackson....er, I mean Neil Armstrong. http://wechoosethemoon.org/
  • Web site recreates Apollo 11 mission in real time

    07/13/2009 8:48:40 AM PDT · by libertarian27 · 8 replies · 515+ views
    WenPub2 ^ | July 12, 2009 | MELISSA TRUJILLO
    Families crowded around black-and-white television sets in 1969 to watch Neil Armstrong take man’s first steps on the moon. Now, they’ll be able to watch the Apollo 11 mission recreated in real time on the Web, follow Twitter feeds of transmissions between Mission Control and the spacecraft, and even get an e-mail alert when the lunar module touches down. Those features are part of a new Web site from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum commemorating the moon mission and Kennedy’s push to land Americans there first. “Putting a man on the moon really did unite the globe,”...
  • The lost NASA tapes: Restoring lunar images after 40 years in the vault

    07/09/2009 5:32:33 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 99 replies · 2,951+ views
    Computerworld ^ | June 29, 2009 | Lamont Wood
    Liquid nitrogen, vegetable steamers, Macintosh workstations and old, refrigerator-size tape drives. These are just some of the tools a new breed of Space Age archeologists is using to sift through the digital debris from the early days of NASA, mining the information in ways unimaginable when it was first gathered four decades ago. At stake is data that could show Earth's risk of an asteroid strike, shed light on global warming and -- perhaps -- even satisfy those who think the moon landings were a hoax. The most visible of the archeologists is arguably Dennis Wingo, head of Skycorp Inc.,...
  • End of Conspiracy Theories? Spacecraft Snoops Apollo Moon Sites

    03/05/2005 8:22:42 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies · 2,041+ views
    Yahoo (Space.com) ^ | Fri Mar 4, 2:34 PM ET | Leonard David
    New imagery of old Apollo touchdown spots, from the European Space Agency's (ESA) SMART-1 probe, might put to rest conspiratorial thoughts that U.S. astronauts didn't go the distance and scuff up the lunar landscape. NASA carried out six piloted landings on the Moon in the time period 1969 through 1972... Bernard Foing, Chief Scientist of the ESA Science Program... told SPACE.com that the SMART-1 orbiter circling the Moon has already covered the Apollo 11, 16, 17 landing sites, as well as spots where the former Soviet Union's Luna 16 and Luna 20 automated vehicles plopped down... Foing said that each...
  • 'We're Not Alone,' Ex-Astronaut Says [Edgar Mitchell] (w/polls)

    04/21/2009 3:07:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies · 1,454+ views
    AOL News / CNN ^ | April 21, 2009
    Earth Day may fall later this week, but as far as former NASA astronaut Edgar Mitchell and other UFO enthusiasts are concerned, the real story is happening elsewhere. Mitchell, who was part of the 1971 Apollo 14 moon mission, asserted Monday that extraterrestrial life exists, and that the truth is being concealed by the United States and other governments. He delivered his remarks during an appearance at the National Press Club following the conclusion of the fifth annual X-Conference, a meeting of UFO activists and researchers studying the possibility of alien life forms. Mankind has long wondered if we're "alone...
  • Meltdown! A solar superstorm could send us back into the dark ages - one is due in just THREE years

    04/20/2009 11:23:02 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 88 replies · 3,337+ views
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | April 19, 2009 | Michael Hanlon
    The catastrophe, when it comes, will be beautiful at first. It is a balmy evening in late September 2012. Ever since the sun set, the dimming skies over London have been alive with fire. Pillars of incandescent green writhe like gigantic serpents across the skies. Sheets of orange race across the horizon during the most spectacular display of the aurora borealis seen in southern England for 153 years. And then, 90 seconds later, the lights start to go out. Not the lights in the sky - they will dazzle until dawn - but the lights on the ground. Within an...
  • Calpers’ Apollo Bet Isn’t Coming Up Aces

    04/03/2009 10:08:07 AM PDT · by seniorobserver · 5 replies · 611+ views
    New York Times Dealbook ^ | April 03, 2009 | Andrew Ross Sorkin, Editor
    The California Public Employees’ Retirement System poured $1.71 billion into Apollo Management last year, more than twice as much as it gave any other private- equity manager, Bloomberg News reported. The move was a bet on Apollo chief Leon Black’s historical success in distressed investment, but, Bloomberg says, it hasn’t paid off so far. Apollo, which has posted average annual returns of more than 25 percent in the last two decades, is now struggling to right some of the tottering companies in its portfolio. One of its private equity holdings, Linens ‘n Things, filed for bankruptcy protection. Another, the real...
  • INTO SPACE

    02/19/2009 7:05:21 PM PST · by Islander7 · 7 replies · 446+ views
    SUN HERALD ^ | Feb 19, 2009 | By MARY PEREZ
    Fred Haise didn’t set out to be a pilot or go to space. His first job was delivering The Daily Herald, the predecessor to the Sun Herald, on his bicycle and then on a motor scooter. He later became a cub reporter and when he graduated from Biloxi High School at 16, he went to what is now the Perkinston campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College to become a journalist. Rather than risk being drafted during the Korean War, he enlisted to continue his studies and became a pilot instead of a reporter — a career move that...
  • Apollo 1 Fire - 42 Years Ago

    01/27/2009 9:16:24 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 27 replies · 818+ views
    NASA ^ | updated 2007 | n/a
    On January 27, 1967, tragedy struck the Apollo program when a flash fire occurred in command module 012 during a launch pad test of the Apollo/Saturn space vehicle being prepared for the first piloted flight, the AS-204 mission. Three astronauts, Lt. Col. Virgil I. Grissom, a veteran of Mercury and Gemini missions; Lt. Col. Edward H. White, the astronaut who had performed the first United States extravehicular activity during the Gemini program; and Roger B. Chaffee, an astronaut preparing for his first space flight, died in this tragic accident. A seven-member board, under the direction of the NASA Langley Research...
  • A Truly Heavenly Christmas

    12/25/2008 9:14:38 AM PST · by NonZeroSum · 5 replies · 356+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | December 25th, 2008 | Rand Simberg
    “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Those words have been read both silently and aloud countless times over the centuries since they were first written, but forty years ago tonight, on another Christmas Eve, they were read for the first time by men far up in the heavens, looking down on the earth from over two hundred thousand miles away as they circled its moon. The familiar words staticked across the vast void, and crackled in the speakers of millions of televisions and radios all over the planet, as those with televisions viewed the earth from...
  • Happy Birthday Saturn V, Still The Biggest Rocket of All

    11/10/2008 10:04:11 PM PST · by B-Chan · 32 replies · 803+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | 2008.11.09 | Kit Eaton
    November 9, 1967, T-minus 8.9 seconds: Thousands of gallons of kerosene and liquid oxygen begin coursing through the giant center F1 rocket engine: The Saturn V's ignition sequence has begun. Next, two outer engines are lit, followed 300 milliseconds later by the other two, ignited in pairs to avoid toppling the 364-foot rocket above. Nine seconds after all five engines go to full thrust, the first Saturn V rocket begins to lift from the launchpad, taking the unmanned Apollo 4 check-out module into space. The launch was flawless. Forty-one years ago to the day, the Saturn V became the biggest,...
  • How Much is That in Apollos?

    10/05/2008 11:50:47 AM PDT · by anymouse · 16 replies · 590+ views
    MSNBC ^ | October 03, 2008 | Alan Boyle
    How much will $700 billion get you? Roughly speaking, the widely publicized cost of the financial bailout … er, rescue package … is equal to seven Apollo programs, or 70 state-of-the-art atom-smashers. The magnitude of the figures being thrown around is so much easier to understand when you use our currency conversion chart for mega-projects. (snip) Does all this make you feel better about the $700 billion, or worse? Feel free to weigh in with your comments below.
  • Energy Independence: Shooting For The Moon

    07/20/2008 10:37:56 AM PDT · by NonZeroSum · 16 replies · 108+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | July 20th, 2008 | Rand Simberg
    Sunday, July 20 is the thirty-ninth anniversary of the first manned lunar landing. At the time, it was considered a wondrous achievement. So much so, in fact, that a new phrase arose. “If we can put a man on the moon…” If we can do that, why can’t we cure cancer, end world hunger, achieve world peace, give everyone a pony? Now comes a new call from former vice president Al Gore, for another Apollo program, this time to achieve “energy independence” and save the planet. It is thought by many that this, like landing a man on the moon,...
  • VIDEO: Apollo 12 lunar module pilot Alan Bean talks exclusively to Flight

    10/15/2007 11:09:35 AM PDT · by Freeport · 2 replies · 74+ views
    www.flightglobal.com ^ | 15 October 2007 | Rob Coppinger
    Alan Bean, Apollo 12 lunar module pilot, Skylab mission II commander, Apollo-Soyuz Test Project backup commander, backup astronaut for the Gemini 10 and Apollo 9 missions and eventually head of the astronaut candidate operations and training group within NASA's astronaut office, spoke exclusively to Flightglobal.com about his time as an astronaut at the Autographica event in London on 12 October. A member of the third group of astronauts named by NASA in October 1963 he became lunar module pilot for what was the second Moon landing in November 1969. He and mission commander Pete Conrad explored the ocean of storms,...