NASA Honors Gemini and Apollo Astronaut James Lovell


NASA will honor astronaut James “Jim” Lovell, Jr., with the presentation of an Ambassador of Exploration Award for his contributions to the U.S. space program. During a ceremony Friday, April 3, Lovell will accept the award at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum in Lexington Park, Md., and present it to the museum for display.

Coalition for Space Exploration 2009-2010 Board of Advisors

Coalition for Space Exploration Announces 2009-2010 Board of Advisors include Crystal Bloemen, Dr. Guy Bluford, James Cameron, Bradley Cheetham,  Bob Crippen, Dr. Roger Crouch, Jake Garn, Fred Gregory, Gerry Griffin, Dr. Bernard Harris, Steve Hawley,  Dr. Tom Jones, Dr. Joe Kerwin, Jeanne Kregel, Gene Kranz , Nick Lampson, James “Jim” Lovell Jr., Miles O’Brien, Damaris Sarria, Dr. Paul Spudis, Dr. Dave Weldon

New NSS Activity On Facebook

The National Space Society now has a Page on Facebook in addition to the Group and the Cause. It already has 186 members and was set up less than a week ago by Charles Radley

There is also a new Page for The Space Movement in addition to the Group, formed to promote the term “space movement” in accordance with the NSS Strategic Plan.  The Group is growing like wild fire, over 120 members in the last week, thanks to the efforts of Demi Pietchell.

The Pages for NSS and the Space Movement are part of The NSS Social Networking Team’s plan to use social networks to promote interest in the NSS. The team members are Brice Russ, Charles Radley, myself  – Karen Shea, and our newest member Demi Pietchell.  Anyone interested in volunteering contact me or anyone on the committee.  

Also new is the Cause supporting the Promoting the National Space Society of Phoenix.

Older NSS activities on Facebook include-

Florida Space Coast Chapter of the National Space Society

Huntsville Alabama L5 Society (HAL5)

National Space Society of Australia Group

Canadian Space Society Group


Please post information on other NSS Social Networking activites going on.

Nick Lampson for NASA Administrator?

NASA Watch is reporting a rumor that former congressman Nick Lampson is a candidate for NASA Administrator.  He was the congressman from NASA’s Johnson Space Center and chairman of the House Science Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, so he obviously knows the issues, and knows how to work with congress and the President.

Space Renaissance Press Conference In London On March 31

Space Renaissance Initiative – Press Release
Press conference 2009 March 31st – 16.00
British Interplanetary Society – 27/29 South Lambeth Road – London, UK
Press Kit for Press Conference


 The Space Renaissance Initiative (SRI) will present a proposal to ignite a space economic revolution on 2009 March 31st, before the G20 summit.  

The proposal is a simple priority-driven agenda: to develop low-cost civilian space transportation, orbital and sub-orbital space tourism, lunar industrialization, spacebased solar power, and the use of near-Earth asteroids to build space infrastructures. These include research and industrial settlements on the Moon; orbital stations, resources utilization, space hotels, service facilities and space debris collection.

This is not speculation. All of these goals can be achieved within the first half of this century. By the second half of this century, based on the experience gained in near-Earth space, Mars and the Martian moons will be settled with the long-term goal of terraforming the red planet.

In order to help the development of the civilian space industry, we recommend governments should provide incentives in the form of tax abatements and financial help for companies working in the space industry; new investment funds for space tourism and the space industry; and special programs geared towards universities and other educational systems. These policies also extend to private organizations, individuals, space agencies, and financial institutions.

Governments can invest public money toward the new space economy through space agencies (primarily devoted to science and exploration), more commercially oriented agencies (to be chartered), and private enterprise, for the industrialization of the Moon-Earth region.

With a current population of almost seven billion people, human growth on planet Earth is rapidly becoming unsustainable. Problems stem from a shortage of raw materials and lack of inexpensive and accessible energy. This dearth of resources, which results in continuous global economic recessions, could cause our civilization to implode to one billion within the end of this century, with increasing risk of humanity falling back to pre-technological ages.

The only fundamental solution to assure continued growth of civilization is to open the high frontier and start surveying the resources of the solar system. Space contains unimaginable amounts of unexploited resources on the Moon, asteroids and other planets. Establishing a foothold off-Earth would also protect humanity from planetwide catastrophes.


I went to the SATELLITE 2009 Conference at the convention center in Washington DC. It was interesting to see the other half of the space sector, that being the half that makes money. Human spaceflight and space science are the half that spend money without return. The Astrotech Reception was the first Washington Space Reception where I didn’t recognize anyone in the room. It was still a lovely reception on the bridge over L Street.

In the exhibit hall I discovered CTD – Composite Technology Development and their elastic memory composites which look very useful for building solar power satellites.

DC – L5

I went to the DC – L5 chapter meeting of the NSS on Sunday. DC-L5 meets in the Tysons-Pimmit Library in Falls Church Virginia.  Which is not exactly DC, it is barely within the belt way. (I live so far inside the beltway, I rarely venture that far out.) It had a turn out of about 12 people.  Donnie and David Lowther had a great spread of snacks. We watched some great videos about the history of space flight and then disused them and other aspects of space. The chapter seemed to be thriving as 4 people joined or renewed their memberships.

Keep up the good work DC-L5.

What is going on with your chapter?

Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

Ada Byron Love Lace, born “Ada Byron, the only legitimate child of Lord Byron, was born in December of 1815, and one month later her mother in a bitter and celebrated separation, left the “mad and bad” Byron and took Ada with her.”- Source:

Ada Lovelace was one of the world’s first computer programmers, and one of the first people to see computers as more than just a machine for doing sums. She wrote programmes for Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, a general-purpose computing machine, despite the fact that it was never built. She also wrote the very first description of a computer and of software.

Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of blogging to draw attention to women excelling in technology. Women’s contributions often go unacknowledged, their innovations seldom mentioned, their faces rarely recognised. We want you to tell the world about these unsung heroines. Whatever she does, whether she is a sysadmin or a tech entrepreneur, a programmer or a designer, developing software or hardware, a tech journalist or a tech consultant, we want to celebrate her achievements.

Happy Ada Love Lace Day. To Celebrate I am taking three girls to the Baltimore Science Center. This is by chance rather than planning but it is very fitting.

In the field of Space Exploration there are many women to celebrate.

Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova – First woman in space

Sally Kristen Ride – First American woman in space.

Peggy Annette Whitson – First Female Space Station Commander

Shannon Matilda Wells Lucid – First American woman to make a long-duration space station mission.

Kalpana Chawla, Laurel Blair Salton Clark, Sharon Christa Corrigan McAuliffe, Judith Arlene Resnik who gave their lives on the Space Shuttle.

Or those who kept their feet on the ground like-

Donna Shirley – Managed Mars Exploration at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Jill Cornell Tarter – Director of the Center for SETI Research.

Who would you like to acknowlegde on Ada Lovelace Day?

Buzz Aldrin for NASA Administrator?

There is a new Facebook group aimed at getting Buzz Aldrin appointed the next NASA Administrator. Buzz Aldrin for NASA Admin

We need a NASA administrator that has the vision, tenacity, and talent to achieve the vision of a multi-planet species.

NASA is at a crossroads, and we need someone to lead it.

Contact Obama today, and tell him to nominate Buzz!