So What IS Their Mission…?

From a recent interview (courtesy of Space Daily): GRIFFIN: Nowhere in NASA’s authorization, which of course governs what we do, is there anything at all telling us that we should take actions to affect climate change in either one way or another. We study global climate change, that is in our authorization, we think we […]

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One Year Later, A Refresher

A series of back and forth comments on a recent posting of mine (“Space Race 2.0? Hardly.”) made me realise that, having reached our 1-year anniversary here at the Space Cynics… Happy Birthday to UsHappy Birthday to UsHappy Birthday dear Space CynicsHappy Birthday to Us… Anyways: as I was saying, it being our one year […]

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One Man Can Make A Difference

Congratulations, in this case, to two men. First, to Rand Simberg, for posing the idea of a prize-driven contest to create a better astronaut glove. NASA took your idea, ran with it, and the contest was a success. Second, to the winner of the contest: Mr. Peter Homer, an engineer in Maine who used that […]

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Godspeed, Wally

Just a brief note to mark the passing of one of the original Right Stuff rocketmen, astronaut Walter M. “Wally” Shirra Jr. Wally was one of the Mercury 7 team, as well as having flown in both the Gemini and Apollo programs. No comment, no moralising, no pithy statements – just Godspeed, Wally, as you […]

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Space Race 2.0? Hardly.

The internet this past week has been abuzz with stories of NASA vs. their old nemesis, the Russkies – this time about plans to return to the Moon, and how NASA has turned down Russian offers of cooperation on the mission. Speculators speculate that this is to “deny Russia access to an isotope in abundance […]

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