Category Archives: Politics

The Legacy of Apollo: 45 Years On


July 2014 marks the forty-fifth anniversary of the epochal lunar landing of Apollo 11 in the summer of 1969. Although President John F. Kennedy had made a public commitment on May 25, 1961, to land an American on the Moon … Continue reading

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The Apollo Program and the Idea of Progress


It is somewhat trite to suggest that America was founded on the idea of progress and that it remains both an amorphous concept and one central to American national identity. In the 1830s an astute French interpreter of United States … Continue reading

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The First Commercial Space Activity: Communications Satellites


The first commercial activities in space resulted from the efforts of the telecommunications industry to extend operations beyond the atmosphere almost with the beginning of the space age. Indeed, satellite communication was the only truly commercial space technology to be … Continue reading

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The Assassination of Joseph Smith Jr.: Meanings and Interpretations


I was at a local party the other night and ended up in conversation with a professor who teaches early nineteenth century history about Joseph Smith Jr. and early Mormonism. Our conversation turned to Smith’s assassination at Carthage, Illinois, on … Continue reading

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Proposed Historical Paper: “The Battle over Cosmology in Recent America: Intelligent Designers, Science Communicators, and the Home Schooling Movement”


I will be participating in an historical workshop at the University of Manchester on the intersection of “Science, Religion, and Entertainment Media” in June 2014.  I am proposing the following paper. Comments are welcome. “The Battle over Cosmology in Recent America: … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Boiling Mad: Inside Tea Party America”


Boiling Mad: Inside Tea Party America. By Kate Zernike. New York: Times Books/Henry Holt and Co., 2010. I should no longer be surprised by journalistic accounts. They always have the same strengths—and there are some in this book—and weaknesses which … Continue reading

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Re-Direct: “NASA-Russia Cooperation: What You Need To Know”


Marcia Smith at Space Policy On-Line has a terrific blog post entitled, “NASA-Russia Cooperation: What You Need To Know.” It details the present kerfuffle over U.S./Russian cooperation in space. The information is outstanding; the perspective insightful. I recommend it as … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Ageless Generation: How Advances in Biomedicine Will Transform the Global Economy”


The Ageless Generation: How Advances in Biomedicine Will Transform the Global Economy. By Alex Zhavoronkov. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. This is a fascinating book and overall Alex Zhavoronkov is to be commended for putting it together. It is also … Continue reading

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The Transit Program and the Origins of Nuclear Power Systems for Spaceflight


Since the dawn of the space age more than 50 years ago, the United States has pursued a variety of methods for delivering electrical power to spacecraft in flight. Nuclear power systems are the only ones that have been found … Continue reading

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Is There a Military Human Spaceflight Mission on the Horizon?


There has been a long mating dance between the civil and military space programs over the years relative to the role of humans in space. In a succession of recent studies ranging from the Air Force Science Board’s “New World … Continue reading

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