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  • Another Blow to American Access to Space

    09/11/2015 8:05:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 9/11/2015 | Travis Wright
    The damage caused by ending the Space Shuttle Program prematurely -- before an alternative man-rated U.S. conveyance system was available – continues to build up. Not only do we not have an American-led way to get humans into space, we are now ending – or cutting short – our capacity to deliver national security assets into deep orbit. We are knowingly allowing a gap to emerge between launch capacity we have now – which depends on the RD-180 Russian-made rocket engine – and an uncertain future time, when we may have our own rocket engine to power heavy-lift rockets. Simply...
  • We're Running Out of the Nuclear Fuel That Powers Space Travel

    12/02/2014 7:57:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | December 2, 2014 | Sarah Zhang
    Rosetta's lander lasted just 60 hours on a comet after it bounced into the dark shadows of a cliff, where its solar panels couldn't power the vehicle. Why didn't it carry a more reliable power source, say a nuclear battery like one that's unfailingly fueled Voyager for decades? It's a simple question with a fascinating answer, one that begins with the Cold War and ends with the future space exploration. When it comes to space travel, plutonium-238 is the perfect fuel: long-lasting and, as I'll explain later, relatively safe. Without it, we have no hope of going much further than...
  • US astronauts should use trampolines to get into space, Russian official says

    04/30/2014 1:25:00 PM PDT · by Reaganez · 35 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | April 30, 2014 | FoxNews
    A Russian official angered over new sanctions that the United States imposed on Russia over the Ukraine crisis is suggesting that American astronauts get to the International Space Station by using trampolines instead of rockets. "The United States introduced sanctions against our space industry... We warned them, we will reply to statements with statements, to actions with actions," Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who heads Russia's defense industry, said on Twitter, according to Reuters. American astronauts depend on Russian rockets to get to the ISS, but after the U.S. imposed sanctions – which deny export licenses for high-tech items that...
  • Congress Presses NASA Chief on Domestic and Foreign Space Threats

    04/10/2014 1:19:52 AM PDT · by lbryce · 2 replies
    Space.com ^ | April 9, 2014 | Dan Leone
    What in another year might have been a routine hearing about NASA’s annual budget request turned into a heated, and sometimes partisan, exchange about the agency’s internal security practices and the broad state of the U.S. human spaceflight program. In theory, the purpose of the April 8 hearing of the House Appropriations, commerce, justice, science subcommittee was to allow lawmakers charged with writing NASA’s 2015 appropriation to ask questions about the roughly $17.5 billion budget request the agency released in March. In practice, the hearing was a double feature that paired a review of security practices at NASA field centers,...
  • Belligerent Russia Could Deny U.S. Access To Space

    03/05/2014 6:44:15 PM PST · by gooblah · 55 replies
    IBD ^ | Posted 06:38 PM ET
    Leadership: Putting an economic and political squeeze on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis could bring another Obama chicken home to roost — our president killed the U.S. space program and made us dependent on Putin. Since 2011, when America's space shuttle fleet was retired and our space program was dispersed to various museums, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which proudly put the first human beings, Americans, on the moon some 45 years ago, has largely been fixated on things like monitoring nonexistent climate change and Muslim outreach. Read More At Investor's Business Daily: http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/030514-692270-russia-could-deny-space-access-over-ukraine.htm#ixzz2v9AKHsSL Follow us: @IBDinvestors on Twitter...
  • Chinese spacecraft blasts off with 3 astronauts

    06/11/2013 4:38:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 11, 2013 7:16 AM EDT | Andy Wong
    China’s latest manned spacecraft successfully blasted off Tuesday on a 15-day mission to dock with a space lab and educate young people about science. The Shenzhou 10 capsule carrying three astronauts lifted off as scheduled at 5:38 p.m. (0938 GMT) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on the edge of the Gobi Desert. It is China’s fifth manned space mission and its longest. …
  • Vintage Photographs of Dog Space Suits, 1950s - 1960s

    06/08/2013 4:56:52 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 9 replies
    Retronaut ^ | 1950s - 1960s | Retronaut
    1950s - 1960s: Dog Space Suits
  • Mars May Get Hit By a Comet in 2014

    03/03/2013 2:33:55 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 31 replies
    The Slate ^ | February 28, 2013 | Phil Plait
    In case you just can’t get enough impact news, it looks like Mars may actually get hit by a comet in 2014! As it stands right now, the chance of a direct impact are small, but it’s likely Mars will get pelted by the debris associated with the comet. The comet is called C/2013 A1, discovered on Jan. 3, 2013 by the Australian veteran comet hunter Robert McNaught. Extrapolating its orbit, they found it will make a very near pass of Mars around Oct. 19, 2014, missing the planet by the nominal distance of about 100,000 kilometers. Observations taken at...
  • Obama's Ersatz Space Program - Questionable Agenda

    10/15/2012 12:56:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | October 15, 2012 | Bruce Johnson
    ........Of all the waste by the Federal government and with all the other Federal agencies that could be moved to privatization, Obama selects our space program. This detracts from the progress of our missile technology that is shared with our military, it inhibits our national defense, and it damages our national identity.Space X is Obama's choice for supplanting NASA. It appears Obama has picked another loser. Move over Solyndra.Let's begin with the performance to date of the ersatz space program called Space X....."Thus far, NASA has awarded at least $2.1 billion in SAA money to private space companies,including a total...
  • China Looks To Be Next To Put Man On The Moon

    09/05/2012 12:39:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Red Orbit ^ | 9/05/2012 | Brett Smith
    The passing of Neil Armstrong on Saturday appears to be coinciding with a decline in American manned space exploration, as Asian countries develop plans to expand their footprint on the moon and in outer space. China, Japan, and India have all unveiled aggressive space initiatives in the recent months and years. New Delhi has said it plans to launch the first manned mission by 2016 and a Mars orbiter in the coming years. The Japanese already participate in the International Space Station program and have discussed studying asteroids for potential mineral extraction. But China has emerged as the most likely...
  • SpaceX: Solyndra in Space

    08/26/2012 10:17:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 62 replies
    Big Government - Breitbart ^ | August 24, 2012 | George Landrith
    Despite the news and pictures from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, America's once great space program is on life support because we no longer have a serious manned space exploration program....And the Obama Administration's unimaginative and amateurish vision for space exploration -- even if successful -- will not revive the dying program. It merely follows the disturbing pattern of the Solyndra scandal, funneling tax dollars to Obama donors and fundraisers. [SNIP] ....SpaceX collects tax dollars so that it can learn how to build and develop something that other companies were doing a generation ago. It is curious that SpaceX is now...
  • Study Shows Further U.S. Competitive Decline in Space

    08/02/2012 6:40:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    Parabolic Arc ^ | August 2, 2012 | Doug Messier
    The United States remains the top dog in space, but it is losing its competitive advantage as the nation’s space program undergoes a series of major transitions while other nations, in particular China, improve their space capabilities. So says Futron’s 2012 Space Competitiveness Index, which was released on Wednesday. It’s the fifth anniversary edition of the report, and the fifth year in a row in which Futron has documented America’s declining lead in space. What a fun read. Perhaps to offset that depressingly familiar conclusion, Futron has spiced up the report by adding five emerging space powers to the 10...
  • Lunar paranoia haunts US establishment

    06/27/2012 2:02:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Global Times ^ | June 26, 2012 | Han Zhu
    The successful launch of the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft has attracted worldwide attention. People in some countries, while approving China's rapid progress in space technology, feel it a shame that their own role in space has largely slowed down. Such responses are generally normal. However, a recent article published by Foreign Policy, "Red Moon Rising," astoundingly depicts China's lunar exploration plan as first step toward a "moon colony." The author, US professor John Hickman, predicts that Washington is wearing blinders if it thinks the 1968 Outer Space Treaty will prevent a Chinese lunar land grab. He believes Beijing might seek to assert...
  • Houston Gets Lame Space Shuttle Replica Delivered In Lamest Way Possible (Red State Punished?)

    06/02/2012 7:20:48 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 60 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | June 1, 2012 | By Matt Hardigree
    Houston Gets Lame Space Shuttle Replica Delivered In Lamest Way Possible The deliveries of the real Space Shuttles to their final resting places were grand events that created amazing images. Houston, which deserved a real d@mn shuttle, is getting a replica. And just in case Houstonians didn't know they were getting shortchanged, it was delivered on a plane but instead on a d@mn barge. Thanks, NASA. I'm not going to get into all the reasons why Houston didn't get a Space Shuttle as it might be mistaken as saying someone else doesn't deserve one. Clearly, both D.C. and Los Angeles...
  • Gingrich makes stop in Rocket City ("This is the launching pad for the future.")

    03/06/2012 12:25:51 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    WAFF ^ | March 6, 2012
    HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich took aim at GOP rival Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama during a campaign stop in north Alabama. Speaking at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Gingrich portrayed himself as a visionary leader and criticized Romney as a caretaker of decline. Gingrich said Obama's energy policies are behind rising gasoline prices. He encouraged the audience to update their Facebook status with "Newt = $2.50 a gallon." "We need to develop our own energy here so we don't have to worry about Iran and Middle East," he told the crowd....
  • Challenging America: Europe Seeks Space Cooperation With China

    02/01/2012 2:11:52 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 02/01/2012 | Christian Schwägerl
    … There is hardly any other area in which China is as active today as in space technology. In late December, the government in Beijing unveiled a five-year plan that ranges from the increased exploration of the earth via satellite to the preparation of a manned mission to the moon. China's foray into space presents a challenge to the West. The United States is determined not to allow anyone to usurp its dominant position in space. The Europeans and the German government, however, see the Chinese as less of a rival than a potential partner. … Europe's interest in cooperation...
  • New Space Policy Questions and Advice for Mitt

    01/29/2012 6:56:23 AM PST · by w4women · 5 replies
    PJ Media ^ | January 28, 2012 | Rand Simberg
    Interestingly, space policy has been much more discussed in this primary campaign than any other in recent history, largely because it is a topic about which one of the candidates, Newt Gingrich, is unusually enthusiastic and conversant. With the focus on Tuesday’s primary in Florida, a swing state in which space is an important issue to many on the Space Coast, it seems to have reached a peak in the last few days, though after Tuesday’s vote it is likely to recede into the background, with few remaining debates ahead, and none focusing on a space state. On Wednesday, Gingrich...
  • Red Flag on the Red Planet: China's Great Leap Marsward? (China's space program thrives)

    01/07/2012 2:08:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/07/2012 | Zoran Pazameta
    People have speculated for well over a century about setting foot on Mars, but is it likely to happen? We know that in prehistoric times, numerous groups of hominids ventured out of Africa into unknown lands at least once. All eventually died out, except for one: our ancestors, homo sapiens. Countless lives would later be lost by descendants of these ancient migrants as they trekked through uncharted wilderness or set sail on vast oceans in flimsy wooden craft. Today, people die every year while driving racecars or climbing mountains. We seem to be hardwired for activities that involve risks beyond...
  • Cain criticizes Obama on space exploration

    11/12/2011 11:42:32 AM PST · by trumandogz · 22 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 11.12.11 | RAY HENRY
    ATLANTA (AP) — Republican Herman Cain criticized President Barack Obama for canceling the space shuttle program — a decision actually made by President George W. Bush — as NASA shifts its focus on travel farther from Earth's orbit.
  • Sen. Rubio asks: what’s next for NASA? SpaceX marks the spot

    08/03/2011 7:00:20 AM PDT · by T.O.K. · 4 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | Erich Landstrom
    On July 7, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio spoke on the future of America’s space program. “When this final shuttle mission draws to a close, many Americans will be startled by the realization that we don't have an answer to the question: What's next for NASA?” he said. “We know that our commercial space partners are working to fill some of the gaps in our human space flight capabilities, and that is a promising development that we should encourage. But we need NASA to lead.” I follow one of those commercial space partners,Space Exploration Technologies, also known as SpaceX, on Facebook....
  • Freep a Poll! (CNBC. should space shuttle program be continued?)

    07/08/2011 3:46:57 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 20 replies
    cnbc.com ^ | 7-8-11 | CNBC
    Should the space shuttle program be continued? Yes No Unsure
  • Final spacewalkers of Nasa's 30-year shuttle mission complete construction of ISS

    05/29/2011 12:24:40 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 6 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Last updated at 2:22 PM on 28th May 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    These stunning images capture the final stage of the construction of the International Space Station. But as they marked the beginning of a new era in space exploration, the spacewalk undertaken by Gregory Chamitoff and Mike Fincke also represented an end - of Nasa's 30-year shuttle programme. All future spacewalks - including one during the final shuttle voyage this summer - will be performed by full-time space station residents.
  • (Space) Shuttle worker dies in fall from launch pad

    03/14/2011 8:13:07 AM PDT · by musicman · 32 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | March 14, 2011 | Orlando Sentinel
    A United Space Alliance employee fell to his death this morning while working on Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, according to NASA. Details about how the man fell, or what he was doing prior to the fall, remains unclear, said NASA spokeswoman Candrea Thomas.
  • NASA considers plan to preserve shuttle for future flights

    02/04/2011 2:59:54 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 29 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 2/4/2010 | Stephen Trimble
    NASA's space shuttle orbiters may not be destined for a museum in five months, after all. Agency officials are conducting a "what-if budget exercise" that could keep the orbiters potentially flight-worthy for several more years, NASA says. The option may offer a tantalizing alternative to the space shuttle workforce, who now must find new jobs before mid-year. Currently, NASA plans to retire all three orbiters - including Discovery after a scheduled flight in February, Endeavour after a planned trip in April and finally Atlantis after it returns from a scheduled launch in June. Meanwhile, NASA has asked the space industry...
  • The Space Shuttle's Lessons For The Future

    12/05/2010 7:44:45 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 12/4/2010 | Frank Morring Jr
    The second flight of the space shuttle Atlantis was almost its last. What was then NASA’s newest orbiter sustained severe damage to its fragile thermal protection system when it lifted off from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39B on Dec. 2, 1988. But through a combination of military secrecy and plain old human misunderstanding, the problem went unaddressed until Atlantis returned to Earth four days later. The STS-27 mission was the second shuttle flight after the fatal Challenger mission, an urgent “black” mission to orbit the Lacrosse-1 radar-reconnaissance satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office (AW&ST July 9, 2007, p. 28)....
  • The Real Story Behind NASA’s Resurrected Space Plane

    11/27/2010 8:49:37 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 11/26/2010 | David Axe
    The aviation and space press buzzed last week with the news that NASA had quietly moved its two long-grounded X-34 space planes from open storage at the space agency's Dryden center - located on Edwards Air Force Base in California - to a test pilot school in the Mojave Desert. At the desert facility, the mid-'90s-vintage, robotic X-34s would be inspected to determine if they were capable of flying again. It seemed that NASA was eying a dramatic return to the business of fast, cheap space access using a reusable, airplane-style vehicle - something the Air Force has enthusiastically embraced...
  • Discovery launch will wait until December

    11/27/2010 9:08:35 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 11/26/2010 | Gayle Putrich
    The final launch of Space Shuttle Discovery will take place no earlier than 3 December. Weather permitting, the launch - originally set for September but postponed to 1 November because the payload was not ready and then to 30 November after a hydrogen leak was discovered while filling the external fuel tank - is now expected at 02:52 Eastern Standard Time. The current launch window will be open until 5 December. The countdown-stopping leak was at the ground umbilical carrier plate, an attachment point between the external tank and a 178mm (7in) pipe that carries gaseous hydrogen safely away from...
  • Discovery Launch May Slip to Dec. 3

    11/19/2010 5:03:05 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 11/19/2010 | Mark Carreau
    With repairs to the fuel tank of the shuttle Discovery still underway, NASA shuttle program managers on Nov. 18 retargeted the earliest date for a second round of launch opportunities for the agency’s senior orbiter from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3. The delay will permit more time for agency managers to establish flight rationale using the repaired fuel tank. The upcoming launch period will close three days later to permit a Dec. 15 Soyuz launching with three U.S., Russian and European space station crewmembers. Other station activities and shuttle thermal control system restrictions are steering the opening of the next...
  • NASA Finds Misaligned Shuttle Seal

    11/12/2010 8:54:29 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 11/12/2010 | Irene Klotz
    Preliminary analysis of the space shuttle’s Discovery’s leaking Ground Umbilical Carrier Plate (GUCP) shows a misaligned seal, a NASA spokesman said Nov. 11. “Not to get ahead of the engineering investigation, but they’re analyzing the flight seal, which they found wasn’t aligned properly. The team plans to install a new GUCP ... connectors, seal, etc., by tomorrow,” Kennedy Space Center spokesman Allard Beutel said in an e-mail to Aviation Week. The GUCP leak forced NASA to cancel its Nov. 5 launch attempt of Discovery on the STS-133 mission, an 11-day space station assembly and maintenance mission that will be the...
  • Discovery Launch Off Until Late November

    11/08/2010 10:00:27 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 9/8/2010 | Mark Carreau
    NASA has postponed the launch of Discovery’s 11-day mission to the International Space Station until no earlier than Nov. 30, following a substantial leak of hydrogen gas at a launch pad vent-line fitting during a Nov. 5 countdown to the orbiter’s 39th and final mission. The leak at the Ground Umbilical Carrier Plate (GUCP), surfaced before 8 a.m. EDT, and the pre-launch Mission Management Team (MMT) initially braced for repairs that would permit another flight attempt on Nov. 8, a day beyond the nominal closing of the launch window. However, it soon became clear that the lack of rapid access...
  • NASA gives 'go' for shuttle Discovery launch today

    11/04/2010 2:04:22 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    Brahmand.com ^ | 11/4/2010 | Brahmand.com
    NASA will Thursday try to launch space shuttle Discovery on its final voyage, although stormy weather could force yet another delay. Mission managers met Wednesday afternoon and into the evening to discuss an electrical problem that forced the latest postponement. They concluded the circuit breaker trouble no longer exists and the shuttle is safe to fly. But forecasters warned there is an 80 per cent chance that thunderstorms will keep Discovery on the pad. Liftoff is scheduled for 3:29 p.m. (1929 GMT).
  • NASA Clears Shuttle Discovery For Launch Nov. 3

    11/01/2010 9:33:58 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 11/1/2010 | Irene Klotz
    NASA managers met Monday to review preparations for the space shuttle Discovery launch on STS-133, clearing the spacecraft for liftoff Wednesday on what will be its 39th and final flight. It was a quick meeting, with unanimous consent to press ahead with a launch attempt at 3:52 p.m. EDT. “If I wouldn’t have talked about how quickly it was going, it would have gone even faster. We didn’t have any technical issues to discuss,” quips Mike Moses, shuttle launch integration manager at Kennedy Space Center. Over the weekend, technicians plugged helium and nitrogen leaks in the shuttle’s right-side Orbital Maneuvering...
  • NASA Clears Shuttle For Nov. 1 Liftoff

    10/27/2010 10:12:30 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 10/28/2010 | Irene Klotz
    NASA managers cleared space shuttle Discovery for launch at 4:40 p.m. EDT Nov. 1, following a review of weekend repair work to fix a small leak in the flange area of the Orbital Maneuvering System (OMS). “We’re in great shape out at the pad,” Launch Director Mike Leinbach told reporters Oct. 25 following NASA’s Flight Readiness Review for the STS-133 mission, the 39th and final planned mission for Discovery. The replacement of two seals in the OMS flange ate up the four contingency days that had been remaining in the shuttle’s processing schedule, but Leinbach said he saw no reason...
  • Panel Says STS-135 Decision Merits Urgency

    10/26/2010 11:00:13 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 10/25/2010 | Mark Carreau
    The independent Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel will recommend that NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, the White House and Congress strive for a decision by the end of December whether to launch shuttle Atlantis on an extra mission to the International Space Station in mid-2011, to avoid potential risks associated with workforce uncertainty. The eight-member panel agreed on the recommendation Oct. 22 during its fourth-quarter meeting at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, following two days of fact finding. “You could say this is an administrative issue, but it’s a morale issue, too,” said Joe Dyer, the retired U.S. Navy vice admiral...
  • Astronaut Corps Shrinks As Shuttle Program Ends

    10/18/2010 10:00:30 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 10/15/2010 | Irene Klotz
    With the final crews in training for NASA’s last three space shuttle missions, the number of astronauts in the corps is down to 65 – a 25% drop since last year. NASA plans to keep its roster of astronauts at 65 to support spaces station operations and other programs, including the development of the agency’s Orion deep space capsule and planned commercial crew vehicles, said Jerry Ross, a seven-time shuttle veteran who heads the agency’s Vehicle Integration Test Office, an engineering support team for the Astronaut Office. The 65-member corps does not include nine astronaut-candidates selected last year who are...
  • Shuttle Program Assigns Nov. 1 Launch Date

    10/08/2010 9:48:03 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 10/8/2010 | Mark Carreau
    NASA space shuttle program managers approved a Nov. 1 launch date for the 11-day STS-133 mission aboard the shuttle Discovery, following a Oct. 6 review of mission preparations. John Shannon, the shuttle program manager, received a unanimous “go” from the team members to continue with launch preparations. NASA will host an agency-wide Flight Readiness Review on Oct. 25 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida to set a formal launch date. The FRR will assess the readiness of the International Space Station as well as Discovery for the STS-133 flight. During the mission, Discovery’s six-member crew will deliver the Permanent Multipurpose...
  • China's Space Program Launches Lunar Probe

    10/03/2010 11:41:18 PM PDT · by Cindy · 18 replies
    (AP) via WRAL.com ^ | Posted October 1, 2010 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "The probe plans to test technology in preparation for an unmanned moon landing in 2012, with a possible manned lunar mission to follow in 2017. China’s other space plans include the launch of the first module of a future space station next year followed by the dispatch of manned spacecraft to dock with it."
  • Muslim Outreach? NASA Chief Heads to Saudi Arabia

    10/03/2010 2:23:49 PM PDT · by opentalk · 14 replies · 1+ views
    The Blaze ^ | October 1, 2010 | Meredith Jessup
    Just months after NASA Administrator Charles Bolden drew public attention for claiming his “foremost” directive from the Obama White House was increased outreach to the Muslim world, he’s embarked on a trip this weekend to Saudi Arabia. In early July, Bolden told Al Jazeera network that one of President Obama’s directives for him was “to reach out to the Muslim world and engage with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science and engineering.” Days later, the White House contradicted Bolden’s remarks; Press secretary Robert Gibbs reported that such activities were not among Mr....
  • Obama's "Fly Me to the Crescent Moon" Policy

    07/10/2010 3:08:40 AM PDT · by Scanian · 13 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | July 10, 2010 | Ken Blackwell
    Maybe it's the Dog Days of Summer. Perhaps it's the heat -- 102 degrees in Washington -- that's getting to people's heads. But President Obama's latest policy, announced by his NASA administrator, astronaut Charles Bolden, is about to melt down. Speaking on the Arabic language network Al Jazeera, Bolden said Mr. Obama had given him his marching orders for NASA: Get American kids re-inspired to do better in math and science. Work on international cooperation. And perhaps most important: Find ways to "reach out" to the Muslim world to affirm their strong contributions to science and engineering. First, we have...
  • U.S. Space Program Bows To Mecca

    07/06/2010 6:16:33 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 56 replies · 3+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | July 6, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Priorities: NASA's chief says his mission is not to return us to space but to help the Muslim world feel good about its scientific contributions. The moon we should be landing on should not be crescent-shaped. At a time when the only missile programs in the Arab world, namely in Syria and Iran, are aimed at hitting Israel with chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, NASA administrator Charles Bolden goes on Al Jazeera to tell the Muslim world his "foremost" goal was to make them feel good about their achievements in math, science and engineering.
  • Space shuttle missions likely to be postponed: NASA

    06/27/2010 3:53:29 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies
    AFP via Space Travel ^ | 6/25/2010 | AFP via Space Travel
    The two final US space shuttle missions before the shuttle program is phased out will likely be postponed, a NASA spokesperson told AFP on Friday. "It's not official yet but it's very likely," said Allard Beutel, media services chief at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. "The decision will be officially announced July 1st," he said. The US space shuttles are being retired after President Barack Obama opted not to fund a successor program, deciding instead to encourage private spacecraft development. The final two shuttle missions are both to the orbiting International Space Station (ISS). The shuttle Discovery's flight to...
  • Japan: The New Pioneer of the Final Frontier? (Their Latest Space Programs Shine !)

    06/21/2010 7:11:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    TIME MAGAZINE ^ | 06/20/2010 | Christopher Shay
    The country that invented the Walkman may be back on track to burnish its image as a technological pioneer. Right now, more than 4.7 million miles from Earth, is a revolutionary spacecraft that could be the future of interstellar travel. Japan's space program, JAXA, confirmed on June 10 they had successfully unfurled the world's first solar sail — a spacecraft that uses the velocity of sunlight to propel it. Then, just three days later, Japan announced what could be an even more impressive accomplishment: a spacecraft that left Earth seven years ago had returned home. Before brilliantly burning up over...
  • Glenn Beck Wrong About NASA

    06/02/2010 6:13:39 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 51 replies · 1,155+ views
    Newsmax.com ^ | June 2, 2010 | Lowell Ponte
    We all love Glenn Beck, but on his Fox News Channel show on Tuesday he said things that left me more shaken than stirred. In summer 1969, Beck said, Americans witnessed the rock concert at Woodstock and American astronauts first landing on the moon. Woodstock he described as dope-smoking hippies rolling erotically in the mud with strangers. The moon landing he described as one of humankind's most impressive achievements. Glenn Beck is right on both counts, as far as he goes. But I was troubled when Beck proclaimed these two events as our choice between two kinds of America. Beck...
  • Obama’s April 15th Speech at Kennedy Space Center (Space worker really lets Obama have it!)

    04/21/2010 8:29:40 AM PDT · by Names Ash Housewares · 37 replies · 1,719+ views
    RV-103.com ^ | April 20, 2010 | Rocketman
    Summary Obama is a liar. Pure and simple. I know some of you are offended to hear him called a liar, but he is. He is also a coward for not facing the people whose hopes and dreams for our Human Space Flight Program are being destroyed by this man and his accomplices in Congress and NASA. There is no new Human Space Flight Program. There is just a poorly written Powerpoint, lacking in specifics or even a name, posted on Obama’s teleprompter. No ship, no hardware, no employees, nothing but crap. There is no destination, no idea what NASA...
  • 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.
  • Obama Lays Out Plan for US Space Program

    04/15/2010 4:49:02 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 61 replies · 1,555+ views
    VOA News ^ | April 15, 2010 | Kent Klein
    President Barack Obama on Thursday set out his plan for the future of the U.S. space agency NASA. His vision includes an eventual manned flight to Mars, although not as soon as many Americans had hoped. The president went to Florida's Kennedy Space Center to defend his controversial proposal to change America's course in space. President Obama says he wants American space exploration to "leap into the future," and not continue on the same path. "By the mid-2030s, I believe we can send humans to orbit Mars and return them safely to earth, and a landing on Mars will follow,...
  • America's Surrender of Space

    04/11/2010 7:10:57 AM PDT · by Trafalgar123 · 14 replies · 415+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | April 10, 2010 | Stella Paul
    America's triumph in space is the greatest achievement of the 20th century. So it makes perverted sense for Obama to destroy our pride in this matchless accomplishment and stage our humiliation before the world.
  • Research Assistance Requested

    04/05/2010 11:11:20 PM PDT · by nolongerademocrat · 5 replies · 487+ views
    the world at large | 4/6/2010 | ddmo8
    Did Obama's decision regarding NASA funding serve as a payback to Nancy Pelosi through her husband?
  • Shuttle fleet's home counts down to an uncertain future

    04/03/2010 9:29:39 AM PDT · by maine-iac7 · 22 replies · 826+ views
    Yahoo! news ^ | ALLISON LOUIE-GARCIA 3 April 2010
    TITUSVILLE, Fla. — They call it Space City, U.S.A. Drive along Highway 50 into Titusville, just across the Indian River from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, and you’ll ... Now, as NASA prepares to ground its shuttle fleet permanently — just four more launches are planned, including one early Monday — Titusville's 45,000 residents are left to wonder what's next. ...this year Obama revealed a 2011 budget with no money allocated for Constellation, effectively canceling Bush’s plan and instead recommending that the focus be on privatized spaceflight. Though Congress still has to OK the measure, Titusville faces the possibility of another...
  • China's Female Astronauts: Must Be a Married Mom

    03/30/2010 7:15:25 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 12 replies · 517+ views
    TIME Magazine ^ | Thursday, Mar. 25, 2010 | Hillary Brenhouse
    The men chosen to lead China into outer space are often referred to locally as "superhuman beings" — and not just because they train to cross the final frontier. Would-be taikonauts have to meet near impossible standards that are meant to weed out the less-than-flawless. Chinese astronauts cannot suffer from chronic sore throats or runny noses. They mustn't have food restrictions, strong regional accents, ringworm, cavities or scars. Bad breath, body odor and a snoring problem are all immediate disqualifiers. And if China's spacemen are expected to satisfy an unlikely string of qualifications, so too are its new spacewomen —...