Thursday, July 21, 2011

Office of the Governor Rick Perry - [Press Release] Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Final Landing of Shuttle Atlantis

Office of the Governor Rick Perry - [Press Release] Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Final Landing of Shuttle Atlantis

Gov. Rick Perry issued the following statement on the final landing of NASA's Shuttle Atlantis:

"Forty-two years ago yesterday, America captured the world's imagination by putting a man on the moon, highlighting an era of excellence in space exploration. Unfortunately, with the final landing of the Shuttle Atlantis and no indication of plans for future missions, this administration has set a significantly different milestone by shutting down our nation's legacy of leadership in human spaceflight and exploration, leaving American astronauts with no alternative but to hitchhike into space.

Friday, July 08, 2011

An Era ends and what will we do now?

Today was a sad day in an Era of Space travel ends. The Last Shuttle launch and into retirement. The United States does not have a space vehicle to replace the shuttle. The Constellation would not be ready until 2015 (but is not funded!)The "Orion Lite" that the current Administration proposes is just a rescue vehicle on the ISS. So NASA is left with the Russian program to transport our Astronauts to and from the ISS. Space X and other private compaines are not ready for Human Flight but are getting there. But when?

And it comes down to what we were doing for 30 years? LEO. Did we explore? Yes, we did explore with probes to the far planets and rovers on Mars. But Man has been stuck in Lower Earth Orbit for a long time. We need to come back with a vision that will lead to a plan of exploring the unknown. Our future depends on it.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Planes may increase snowfall at times

Planes may increase snowfall at times
Some jets and propeller planes flying through certain kinds of clouds can seed ice crystals and create additional snowfall, scientists find.

Friday, July 01, 2011

Final Shuttle Mission Set for July 8th

Spaceflight Now | STS-135 Shuttle Report | NASA formally sets July 8 for final space shuttle launch
Atlantis will deliver a year's worth of provisions to proactively stock the shelves of the International Space Station while NASA awaits commercial firms SpaceX and Orbital Sciences to begin routinely servicing the outpost with resupply missions.

"This flight is incredibly important to space station. The cargo that is coming up on this flight is really mandatory for the space station," Gerstenmaier said.