To Long for the Endless Immensity of Space

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

In light of yesterday’s positive post about “I can” and shedding limitting beliefs, let me propose that we can go back to the moon, on to Mars, the asteroids, and any other destinations in space that we want to. Yes, it’s hard. Yes, it’s expensive. But also yes, we can be the first species to […]

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A Vile, Anti-Science Tactic to be Aware of and Repudiate

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

There’s a letter being widely posted on conservative blogs: March 28, 2012 The Honorable Charles Bolden, Jr. NASA Administrator NASA Headquarters Washington, D.C. 20546-0001 Dear Charlie, We, the undersigned, respectfully request that NASA and the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) refrain from including unproven remarks in public releases and websites. We believe the claims […]

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The Scientific Method

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Over on his blog, Jay Lake posted a link to this flowchart showing the scientific process. LOVE IT! It’s funny because it’s true… Every astronomer I’ve shared it with has loved it (one I overheard laughing out loud two offices away). And I just finished working on a NASA proposal to study the hot dust […]

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The Impact of NASA’s Kepler Mission on Science Fiction

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

We’ve just had a major announcement concerning first results from NASA’s Kepler Mission. Before providing links to the details and reactions to the details, let me describe what the mission does and what it will continue to do.  Kepler is basically just a big digital camera in space that takes pictures of a field of […]

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What’s Really Wrong with our Space Policy

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

There are issues about private industry vs. government, moon vs. Mars, each country for itself or in collaboration, etc., but these, I feel, pale in comparison with the real issue. This week President Obama signed the NASA Authorization Act of 2010, a 3 year plan for NASA’s spending that also clarifies NASA priorities for the […]

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It’s Got to be Tough to be an Astronaut (Poll on Future of Manned Space Program)

Friday, June 11th, 2010

I have mixed feelings about the path Obama has chosen to take with NASA.   I hate it when discussions develop along mindless political lines, like how some conservatives say that private industry is always better than the government (it is sometimes but not other times), how some liberals and libertarians think that the government has […]

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NASA Looking for Innovative Educational Ideas — About Video Games Among Other Things!

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Here’s the letter below asking for input (until March 19th). I am particularly thrilled about NASA’s questions and especially the only about video game development (question six). This is a potentially very powerful way of getting at the younger generation before college level. I wish I’d seen this sooner and had more time to participate. […]

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Would You Accept a One-Way Ticket to Mars?

Friday, September 4th, 2009

This is the question that Lawrence Krauss asked few days ago in a New York Times op-ed.   He suggested that quite a lot of engineer and astronaut types would be willing to take a trip to Mars, to stay, without expectations of a return voyage home. This plan has two significant merits. First, it makes […]

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