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If you're a regular reader of this virtual fishwrap, you've noticed my lack of productivity over the last few months. I just don't have anything new to say. Sure, I could write yet another screed about Space Launch System being years behind schedule while wasting taxpayer dollars, but by now I think pretty much everyone knows that. Sure, I could write yet another paean to NewSpace, but by now
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A particularly witty March for Science sign. Image source: @RobertReyes Twitter account. Should science and politics mix? Efforts by the new Trump administration and certain Republicans in Congress to destroy climate change research suggest that science by nature is political. In his 2016 book The War on Science, author Shawn Otto writes, “... an observable fact is a political act that
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Click the arrow to watch the Expedition 50 crew landing. Video source: NASA YouTube channel. Three International Space Station crew members, two Russians and one American, landed April 10 on the frigid steppes of Kazakhstan. Their Soyuz capsule was a design evolved from the original that first launched with cosmonauts in 1971. No Americans were supposed to have been on Russian craft by now.
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Click the arrow to watch the New Glenn promotional film. Video source: Blue Origin YouTube channel. Blue Origin announced March 7 that it has its first paying customer for a New Glenn launch. Eutelsat will launch in the early 2020s, presumably from Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 36. Blue Origin also released a computer animation of a New Glenn launch and landing. The booster would return
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Jeff Bezos at the September 15, 2015 media event announcing Blue Origin will come to Cape Canaveral. Image source: Space News. The Washington Post, owned by billionaire Jeff Bezos, published today an “exclusive look” at plans for Bezos-owned Blue Origin to develop technology for robotic deliveries to the Moon. Bezos, ranked by Forbes magazine last October as the second richest person in the
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An artist's concept of LauncherOne. Image source: Virgin Galactic. Virgin Galactic announced today the formation of a company that separates their anticipated satellite launch services from commercial human spaceflight. Effective today, our family of space companies numbers three. As with before, Virgin Galactic will be our commercial human spaceflight services provider and The Spaceship
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A 2012 concept for a commercial lunar flight to the Moon using a SpaceX crew Dragon on a Falcon Heavy booster. Image source: Golden Spike Company. In December 2012, former NASA executives announced the formation of a commercial lunar spaceflight enterprise called The Golden Spike Company. Named after the final spike driven to complete construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, Golden
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SpaceX conducts a static test fire at Pad 39A on February 12, 2017, as filmed from Exploration Tower in Cape Canaveral. Video source: CocoaBeach365 YouTube channel. Having completed its first static test fire on Pad 39A, SpaceX continues to target Saturday, February 18, at about 10:00 AM EST for its first Falcon 9 launch from Kennedy Space Center. President Donald Trump may be targeting the
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Click the arrow to watch the NASA Social briefing for the payloads aboard SpaceX CRS-10. Video source: NASA YouTube channel. Click the arrow to watch the pre-launch briefing at Pad 39A before the SpaceX Falcon 9 horizontal on the pad. Video source: NASA YouTube channel. Almost three years have passed since SpaceX in April 2014 signed a twenty-year lease for Kennedy Space Center's Pad 39A.
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Click the arrow to watch a film depicting the Apollo 1 exhibits. Image source: NASAKennedy YouTube channel. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opened a new exhibit on January 27, 2017, the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 1 fire. The exhibit, called Ad Astra Per Aspera, depicts the three astronauts, their lives, and the hatches from the capsule. The exhibit joins other recent
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