Monthly Archives: June 2014

Why We’re Not Going To Mars

In our never ending debate over the direction of U.S. space policy, you’ve no doubt heard the claim that for a human mission to Mars, we have more technology available to us than President Kennedy had available to him when … Continue reading

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The NRC Report – A Missed Opportunity

The recent report from the National Research Council (NRC) Committee on Human Space Exploration has drawn a good deal of commentary from the space press. I’ve looked over the report and have my own thoughts, some quite orthogonal to most … Continue reading

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“Pioneering Space” – Really?

1pi·o·neer  noun\ˌpī-ə-ˈnir\ : someone who is one of the first people to move to and live in a new area – Merriam-Webster On-line Dictionary In Pioneering Space (the latest report released by NASA), much is made over the use of … Continue reading

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New post at Air & Space: Gordon Swann, Geology Teacher to the Astronauts

I have a new post over at Smithsonian Air & Space about my good friend, Gordon Swann, who passed away last week.  Gordon was the PI of the field geology team for the Apollo 13, 14 and 15 missions and … Continue reading

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