Category Archives: Space

Five Legacies of Space Access Since the 1950s


While a large number of issues could be explored in the now more than fifty years of  space access, here are five central legacies, number three will blow your mind. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist). The limitations of chemical rocket technology … Continue reading

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Lessons from the Telecommunications Industry for Space Commercialization


Everyone agrees, or almost everyone since there are a few pretenders to this title and each have their champions, that Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876 in Boston, Massachusetts. A year later he organized the Bell Patent Association … Continue reading

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National Geographic “Mars” Series Premiers November 14


National Geographic is premiering a new documentary/action film about humans going to Mars on the evening of  November 14, 2016, 9 pm EST airtime. The information on this series is here. Executive Producer Ron Howard is behind this unique series mixing … Continue reading

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Remembering the Gemini Program


Since it is the fiftieth anniversary of the the end of the Gemini program in 1966, with the flight of Gemini XII on November 12-15, I thought it appropriate to reflect on what I refer to as the middle child … Continue reading

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A Short History of Air and Space Defense in the Cold War


Following World War II, although some demobilization took place, the Cold War precipitated a continuation of an expansion of military aerospace activities and fostered the search for a truly effective air and space defense for the United States. In the … Continue reading

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The Total Coolness of the Stardust Sample Return Mission


Stardust was the first U.S. space mission dedicated solely to returning extraterrestrial material from beyond the Moon. It was launched on February 7, 1999, on a 3 billion-mile roundtrip it rendezvoused with Comet Wild 2, captured comet and interstellar dust … Continue reading

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Redirect: “Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Weigh in on U.S. Space Policy”


For those who have not yet seen it, Space News on October 11, 2016, has a story on the position of the two candidates for the presidency from the two major political parties on space policy. It is located here, and well … Continue reading

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Homer Newell and the Early Post-War Space Science Program


Homer E. Newell (1915-1983) is one of the NASA leaders I am profiling in a book I have underway. His career was remarkable. He earned his Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Wisconsin in 1940 and served as a theoretical … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Beyond UFOs: The Search for Extraterrestrial Life and Its Astonishing Implications for Our Future”


Beyond UFOs: The Search for Extraterrestrial Life and Its Astonishing Implications for Our Future. By Jeffrey Bennett. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2008. Preface, acknowledgments, photographs, bibliography, and index. ISBN: 978-0-691-13549-6, 211 pages, $26.95 hardcover with dust jacket. While the … Continue reading

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The Federal Government and the Development of Aerospace Technology


Since 1903, the United States has spent hundreds of billions of dollars developing aerospace technology, on the management of the infrastructure necessary to support its operations, and on the military and other practical applications that it affords. Accordingly, through a … Continue reading

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