Thursday, June 25, 2009

Buzz Aldrin's Plan

http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/air_space/4322647.html

Interesting, but unlikely. I'm still predicting a space race between the U.S. and China to return to the Moon. China is not going to give up on going to the Moon by itself with humans and the U.S. President and Congress won't be able to stand the heat.

Of course it could lead to this attitude by the U.S.: "Hey, we already went to the Moon, we are going to go to Mars to one up the Chinese". That would be okay too.

Mars Rover Update

No new status report, but Spirit is still stuck.

Spirit Pictures (science while stuck!):
http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/newsroom/pressreleases/20090625a.html

Side Saddle?

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31532912/ns/technology_and_science-space/

This sounds iffy to me. The reduction in tonnage is troubling.

For cargo, it could work I guess, but they also say it would be for astronauts. They don't go into details about where the astronauts would be attached.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Friday, June 19, 2009

Friday, June 12, 2009

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Dirty Business

http://www.isa.org/Content/ContentGroups/News/2009/June43/New_protocol_cleans_up_Mars_missions.htm

Don't want to out-compete the natives!

What next! ??

If you can't trust an astronomical unit, what can you trust?
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/community/skyblog/newsblog/46618862.html

A different kind of space elevator

http://nextbigfuture.com/2009/06/proposed-free-standing-inflatable-tower.html

Better buy helium futures.

Hat tip: Instapundit

Planet Debate Update

http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/06/10/1959870.aspx

I'm happy with Pluto being called a dwarf planet. Plutoid sounds silly to me.

R.I.P. Kaguya

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31214827/

Good job, we'll miss you. LCROSS is coming to join you.

Congress may want to rethink NASA budget cuts

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31208155/

We may need to vamoose!

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Maybe the ESA can pick up the slack

now that the U.S. Congress is slashing NASA's budget for manned space flight.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31185848/

As long as we are in charge of landing of course!

:)