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Archive for January, 2009
Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott Gration is reportedly favored to be nominated as the next NASA Administrator according to MSNBC. His space experience was as White House Fellow working for Hans Mark. He has military experience. But his biggest credential is he is close to Obama which may matter more than anything to aid NASA in the future.
Dave Noble who led the effort to mobilize gay and lesbian voters for Obama will serve as the White House’s liaison to NASA, according to a source for Washington Blade.
Bringing in outsiders may be a benefit, but I hope they are good listeners and good managers.
For comparison, he points out that Hubble is only 2.4 meters wide.
The Space Telescope Science Institute’s Marc Postman has been planning a 16-meter segmented optical/ultraviolet telescope called ATLAST, short for Advanced Technology Large-Aperture Space Telescope. The science from an aperture its size would be spectacular.
ATLAST would be nearly 2000 times more sensitive than the Hubble Telescope.
Ares V flings shutters open wide on our view of the cosmos. It shakes off the shackles of mass and volume constraints from science missions
A heavy lift vehicle like Ares V would open numerous posibilities for space development and science.
Check out http://obamanasa.uservoice.com/ to vote nominate and comment on other peoples choices.
Obama will most likely appoint a new NASA Administrator. Who would you like to see as the next NASA Administrator?
NSS Executive Director George Whitesides has been nominated and is running 18th . Past NSS Executive Director Lori Garver has been nominated and is running 7th.
Rick Tumlinson is actively campaigning for votes.
Today, I attended the Committee on Rationale and Goals of U.S. Civil Space Program meeting in Washington DC. Dr. Buzz Aldrin was testifying, (member of the National Space Society Board of Governors). He made it very entertaining.
First, Neil DeGrasse Tyson spoke. Dr. Tyson was making a point that the United States is not the space pioneering nation, we like to think of ourselves and said “We redefined the contest to be whoever gets to the Moon first, wins.” with Buzz Aldrin sitting close by. Then Dr. Tyson talked about Apollo worship and I pretended to bow down to Dr. Aldrin which got a few chuckles. Later, I remember that I had been accused for being a member of the Moon Cult by a NASA Administrator. I used to surround myself with Lunar and Apollo memorabilia. My Husband proposed marriage in the next to the Saturn 5 Model at the National Air and Space Museum. My first daughter, born less than a week after I attended Pete Conrad’s funeral, on the 30th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Splash Down on return to Earth and named, Selena. (My Second daughter is named Diana.) So maybe I do worship Apollo a little or at least the Moon.
Dr. Buzz Aldrin gave a presentation showing many options for NASA in the Future, which I could not do justice trying to explain. I hope he uses this blog as a place to publicize his ideas. Dr. Aldrin did suggested that we should fill the gaps between programs with extra programs. He also attributed the success of Apollo to principles- Flexibility and Open Minds. Those are principles which need to be embraced today.
Dr. Aldrin also said that Inauguration Day was his birthday and that he had asked to march in the Inaugural Parade. He is now waiting for Secret Service approval. I hope you get your birthday wish, Buzz.
I am, Karen Cramer Shea. I have been around the Space Movement in many different capacites for my entire life. The first party I helped host, at two months of age, was Dr. Joseph P. Allen’s going away party when he was leaving the Nuclear Physics Lab at the University of Washington to join the Astronaut corps. (Dr. Allen was the one who played Atlas with a satellite when the robotic arm on the shuttle failed on one of its first missions.) As a small child my best friend’s father was a Lunar Geologist. After the end of Apollo I drifted away for a while.
When I regained my interest in space the ISDC in Toronto was one of the first conferences I attended. I later helped found the Seattle NSS chapter; got my Masters Degree in Space Policy from the George Washington University; tracked all the rocket launches and Satellites for the FAA; attended International Space University Summer Session in Cleveland; and Help TGV Rockets Develop their Business Plan.
Now, I am editor of the NSS Blog. I look forward to reading your comments.
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Check out the Citizen’s Briefing Book on Change.gov http://citizensbriefingbook.change.gov/home
Share your ideas on any issue facing the new administration, then rate or comment on other ideas. The best rated ideas will rise to the top — and be gathered into a Citizen’s Briefing Book to be delivered to President Obama after he is sworn in.
Search for NASA, Space, Moon and Mars, to look at ideas of interest to NSS members. You must sign in to rate and comment on ideas.
Dennis Wingo has an idea in the Citizens Briefing Book http://citizensbriefingbook.change.gov/ideas/viewIdea.apexp?id=087800000004nmb&lsr=0#comments
There is an interesting discussion going on at change.gov about using space solar power as a means of achieving energy independence in an environmentally friendly away. There is also a one page PDF white paper that can be downloaded but it is the discussion that is going on that I find more interesting. Given the many technological advances that have been made since the initial NASA and DOE study at the end of the 70’s, the creation of a pilot system is long overdue.
Take some time and check out the discussion about space solar power at Space Solar Power (SSP) - A Solution for Energy Independence and Climate Change.
Ad Astra, Jim
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As a long time member of NSS, I fully agree with this mission. In fact, I feel so strongly about it that I became a chapter activist performing public outreach in my community and have volunteered extensively on behalf of NSS over the years. This year I was elected to the NSS Board of Directors and hope to make a positive contribution to the National Space Society’s vision of people living and working in thriving communities beyond the Earth.
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