Friday, December 9, 2016

Godspeed

John Glenn-- the third American in space, the first American to orbit Earth, United States Senator, and the oldest person to fly in space at age 77-- passed away yesterday at 95.

He was the last surviving member of NASA's famed  Mercury Seven.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Home Plate

NASA's Spirit rover may have found biosignatures on Mars on a rock the team dubbed Home Plate.

Silica structures found are similar to ones found at a location in the high desert of Chile.  The structures could have either biotic or abiotic origins.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Asreroid Mining

An asteroid mining industry is beginning to organize itself.  Probes are already being built, missions planned, and markets scoped out.

Precious metals are abundant in certain types of asteroids, but water, which has many potential uses, may be the most valuable resource early on.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Bigelow To Trump

Robert Bigelow is calling on the incoming Trump administration to essentially double NASA's budget.

He argues the focus should be on building lunar bases and establishing industrial activity on the Moon.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Mars Tank Tested

SpaceX has successfully pressure-tested a prototype of the fuel tank to be used on its huge Mars colony ship.

The first such ship might fly to Mars as early ss 2024.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Perspective

Wal-mart has announced quarterly revenues of $118 billion.

That's about six times the projected annual budget of NASA.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Speculation

There is speculation that President Trump will call for a space exploration strategy that will hold through the rest of this century and encompass the entire Solar System, in order to drive technological and scientific advances.

So far,  it's only speculation.