Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Sad, but for a different reason

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/27/science/space/27shuttle.html?src=mv
I’m actually not sad to see the shuttle phased out because it was too expensive and dangerous to operate.

What I’m sad about is that we don’t have a replacement and a plan to go to the Moon & Mars. Instead President Obama is kicking the can down the road by developing “capabilities” instead of having a destination. :(

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Mars Rover Update

Status (Spirit is hibernating, Opportunity is slowly hopping from energy "lily pad" to "lily pad"):
http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/status.html#spirit

New Opportunity Picture for "More Than One World Book":
http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/spotlight/20100506a.html

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Curiosity To See In 3-D

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36862488/ns/technology_and_science-space/ns/technology_and_science-space/

I'm surprised they weren't going to do this already since they put 3-D cameras on Spirit & Opportunity.

Maybe Cameron should kick in a billion or two in his profits from Avatar to make it happen.

As We've Already Found Out

cheaper is not always better:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36833648/ns/technology_and_science-space/ns/technology_and_science-space/

Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28998876/ns/technology_and_science-space/

And it ain't a good thang.

Something New To Look At On Saturn

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36880397/ns/technology_and_science-space/

Great White Spot?

4th Type of Matter Rockets

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36942268/ns/technology_and_science-space/

Sounds interesting.

Zombies In Space

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36919374/ns/technology_and_science-space/

Sounds dangerous.

Just Like the Original Atlantis

http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2010/05/05/2295352.aspx

It will become a memory.

Mars Rover Update

Cool "movie" of Opportunity leaving Victoria Crater:
http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/spotlight/20100503a.html

Orion Test

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hCcCfaMKflK5c-JCCZjjucpEjeowD9FHCQVG1

What is it good for? Absolutely nothing according to the Obama adminstration.

They are betting on private contractors:
http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2010/05/04/2294055.aspx

Which I actually hope works for low Earth orbit, but Orion was to take us back to the Moon & Beyond and now there is nothing specific.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Gas Station in Space

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36964041/ns/technology_and_science-space/

Seems less likely than a gas station on the Moon. Until they can figure out how to do it there, I doubt an asteroid fuel production facility if feasible.

Of course Obama has nixed the Moon base, so this whole thing is a pipe dream.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

The Planetary Society Weighs In On Obama's Space Plan

http://www.planetary.org/news/2010/0416_Statement_US_Presidents_Proposal.html

I don't know why they think the new plan will be better funded than the old one.

With no firm targets or dates, it is a policy for drift.

If private space access to low Earth orbit doesn't work (i.e. there is a fatality), we will be dependant on the Russians for a decade or more.