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Goggle Lunar X-prize has no winner

By |January 28th, 2018|

A decade ago, there was a great deal of buzz about the $20 million Google Lunar X-prize conceived to inspire primarily university students and contributors to design, build and land a commercial robotic probe on the Moon. Peter Diamandis, one of the founders of the X-Prize Foundation, hoped to follow up the successful award given […]

Remembering NASA’s Ares I Rocket

By |October 8th, 2017|

Even during NASA’s mature Space Shuttle program, the space agency was exploring new means of getting crews to orbit and beyond. The Space Shuttle was only designed for and capable of delivering crews and shuttle payloads to Earth orbit.  NASA’s exploration office looked at new vehicles to get back to the Moon, and perhaps even […]

The Breakfast with the Astronauts–that wasn’t

By |June 17th, 2017|

About five years ago, I learned about the Breakfast with the Astronauts at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s Center. This is the tourist attraction just outside the Kennedy Space Center and worth the trip from anywhere. The KSCVC has been conducting bus tours of the KSC launch facilities for decades, and the Center itself is constantly […]

The Art of Spaceflight

By |February 12th, 2017|

When I was a teenager in the 1960s, I read the Tom Swift Jr. juvenile fantasy series. I have written about this in a previous blog post, but it is the cover art and spaceflight art I want to write about this time. Original artwork is still a wonderful means of depicting the future of […]

Will NASA’s human spaceflight goals change?

By |January 23rd, 2017|

Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on January 20th. Many of the candidates for key administration posts have been selected, and two have been confirmed: Secretary of Defense and Director of Homeland Security.  Far down the list is the choice for the new NASA Administrator. Maj. Gen. Charlie […]

Science fiction, science fact and America’s Ambitions

By |December 18th, 2016|

This present generation is one which has grown up watching science fiction films. Among the great films one must include Stanley’ Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and George Lucas’ Star Wars. Both films amply displayed why these films were science fiction. Depicted were impossibly large space stations, mind-boggling Moon bases, and interplanetary or intergalactic spaceships […]

How will NASA’s directives change under President Trump?

By |November 19th, 2016|

During every presidential election cycle since that of John F. Kennedy, questions always arise as to how the incoming president will affect the mandate of NASA. Every president for the last 50 years wanted to put their stamp of influence on one of the U.S. governments highest profile agencies. John F. Kennedy is most known […]

Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos Aim for Mars

By |October 1st, 2016|

“I am tormented by an everlasting itch for things remote.  I love to sail forbidden seas.” – Herman Melville in his novel Moby Dick

This quote was used by Carl Sagan in his immensely successful TV series, Cosmos years ago. More recently, filmmaker Erik Wernquist took specific voice passages by Sagan and very effectively used them […]