Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Sad, but for a different reason
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"):

New Opportunity Picture for "More Than One World Book":

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Curiosity To See In 3-D

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:

Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On

And it ain't a good thang.

Something New To Look At On Saturn

Great White Spot?

4th Type of Matter Rockets

Sounds interesting.

Zombies In Space

Sounds dangerous.

Just Like the Original Atlantis

It will become a memory.

Mars Rover Update

Cool "movie" of Opportunity leaving Victoria Crater:

Orion Test

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

They are betting on private contractors:

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

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

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.