Space advocates beware journalists with agendas

Sorry outside distractions kept me from posting recently so I’m going to do a bit of catch up. First up, is an article that appears to have taken a wonky turn posted a couple days ago on Wired News. Okay kids, adjust your tinfoil hats and take a look… “The … Continue reading

Part-Two of: A conversation with Paul Spudis

Dr. Paul D. Spudis is a Senior Staff Scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland and Visiting Scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas. Dr. Spudis was formerly with the Branch of Astrogeology, U. S. Geological Survey in Flagstaff, Arizona and the … Continue reading

Part-One of: A conversation with Dr. Paul Spudis

Dr. Paul D. Spudis is a Senior Staff Scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland and Visiting Scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas. Dr. Spudis was formerly with the Branch of Astrogeology, U. S. Geological Survey in Flagstaff, Arizona and the … Continue reading

Remembering them:

Columbia: Rick D. Husband, Commander William C. McCool, Pilot Michael P. Anderson, Payload Commander David M. Brown, Mission Specialist Kalpana Chawla, Mission Specialist Laurel Blair Salton Clark, Mission Specialist Ilan Ramon, Payload Specialist Challenger: Francis R. (Dick) Scobee, Commander Michael J. Smith, Pilot Judith A. Resnik, Mission Specialist Ronald E. … Continue reading

The Write Stuff interviews Mike Griffin

Another new space blog has entered the blogosphere and this one, The Write Stuff by Michael Cabbage of the Orlando Sentinel, is starting off with a bang by interviewing NASA administrator Mike Griffin. Lots of interesting stuff to be had here, including Mike’s thoughts on COTS: The space station market … Continue reading

Could COTS come to the rescue of NASA’s Shuttle budget overrun?

Only a handful of days remain until NASA’s FY2007 budget is revealed. There’s been plenty of speculation about what’s going to be in there, and more to the point what isn’t: as things currently stand, the Shuttle has a funding shortfall of several billions of dollars between now and its … Continue reading

Mike Griffin gets it

Hey everyone – lets stop bitching about “Apollo on steroids” for a minute or two, and listen to what the NASA administrator actually has to say about space commerce and NewSpace participation in the Vision for Space Exploration. We may not agree with everything, but we might be pleasantly surpised: … Continue reading

Back from a business trip

Observant OotC readers will have noticed that Mark has been holding the fort for the last week or so. I’ve been off doing day-job work in Australia. I’m back now though, and I thought that might be a good excuse for a Great Big List-O-Links Roundup: Leonard David at Space.com … Continue reading

Senate Approves NASA Budget at $16.4 Billion

Space.com is reporting that the senate has passed the budget for NASA, giving the agency a $200 million dollar increase over last year, but about $60 million less than the request. All the major NASA undertakings, including shuttle, station, VSE, Hubble and aeronautics are funded. Now it just has to … Continue reading

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