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The Asymptotic Path Back To The Moon

Thu, 2018-12-06 20:40
6 @NASA_SLS flights at $1-2 billion each; 6 @NASA_Orion flights; 3 commercial cargo flights - all to cislunar space yet there's still no lunar landing after 6 yrs. Apollo did a landing with 1 Saturn V flight 2 yrs after... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

NASA Doesn't Want To Talk About A Messy Dragon

Thu, 2018-12-06 15:27
A SpaceX Delivery Capsule May Be Contaminating The ISS, Wired "Part of the problem here, though, is NASA's reluctance to talk about both the problem and the plans to fix it. The presentation, shared during the Payload Operations Integration Working... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

NASA's Administrator Uses Technology Better Than The Space Industry Does

Thu, 2018-12-06 15:06
Keith's note: There is yet another space policy event in Washington, DC today aimed at another session of choir practice in an echo chamber by the proverbial usual suspects in the space policy clique. Its an event by the... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

SpaceX Places A Dragon In Orbit - And Lands In The Water

Wed, 2018-12-05 14:17
This is the booster's POV - watch the right grid fin pic.twitter.com/xMFpF0aoT5— Scott Manley (@DJSnM) December 5, 2018 Tracking shot of Falcon water landing pic.twitter.com/6Hv2aZhLjM— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 5, 2018 Keith's note: SpaceX successfully placed a Dragon cargo... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

NASA Is Not Going To Get Many More Chances

Wed, 2018-12-05 14:04
Want to honor George H.W. Bush? Send astronauts to Mars, Washington Post "The new president was offering NASA, which at the time lacked a clear mission for its human spaceflight program, a lifeline, guaranteeing his support for an assertive Space... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Searching For That Next "Greatest Generation"

Wed, 2018-12-05 00:00
Keith's personal note: I just can't get over this video. My father died a few months ago. He was a few weeks shy of 95. He carried World War II with him every day. This truly was the "Greatest... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Doesn't Anyone Remember Space History?

Tue, 2018-12-04 18:11
Not only was this photo taken by a Mars rover years ago but the first sunset photo from #Mars was taken by the Viking 1 Lander in 1976 https://t.co/Ch10JM94AC #factchecking pic.twitter.com/IP9UwANRZW— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) December 4, 2018... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

64 Satellites Deployed By A Rocket SpaceX Used Three Times

Tue, 2018-12-04 10:56
Falcon 9 launches 64 payloads to orbit for the Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express mission, marking SpaceX's 19th launch in 2018. pic.twitter.com/oeX98v1t2N— SpaceX (@SpaceX) December 4, 2018... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

A Strange Way To Do NASA Mission Media Outreach (Update)

Tue, 2018-12-04 10:45
Keith's note: Yesterday I posted a Twitter response to a tweet my New Horizons mission PI Alan Stern. This is what it originally looked like in case it is deleted. My response originally said "Strange media strategy for New... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Soyuz Does Its Thing Again

Tue, 2018-12-04 10:18
Soyuz MS-11 Arrives At The International Space Station "The Soyuz carrying Anne McClain of NASA, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency, and Oleg Konenenko of Roscosmos launched at 6:31 a.m. EST (5:31 p.m. Baikonur time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

OSIRIS-REx Arrives at Bennu

Tue, 2018-12-04 10:15
OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Arrives at Asteroid Bennu "The spacecraft executed a maneuver that transitioned it from flying toward Bennu to operating around the asteroid. Now, at about 11.8 miles (19 kilometers) from Bennu's Sun-facing surface, OSIRIS-REx will begin a preliminary survey... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

It Takes Humans AND Robots

Mon, 2018-12-03 15:00
So what's the big deal about Mars InSight?, Sean O'Keefe, OpEd, The Hill "The late, great courageous explorer Neil Armstrong once described his experience listening to a team of lunar scientists debate whether the Apollo 11 mission would result in... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

JPL Needs A Twitter Fact Checker (Update)

Mon, 2018-12-03 14:45
Hey @NASA_JPL and @NASA - your chart says that the Viking landers were solar powered. Wrong. They had plutonium-238 RTGs. https://t.co/wbVvmYvnJx— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) December 1, 2018 Keith's 30 Nov note: People make honest mistakes on social media. I get... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

George H.W. Bush

Sat, 2018-12-01 10:15
NASA Administrator Statement on Passing of George H.W. Bush "From being the Navy's youngest fighter pilot in World War II and being shot down, to his years of public service in Congress, the State Department, CIA, Vice President and President,... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Doing Something Again For The First Time

Thu, 2018-11-29 21:37
Keith's note: I first published this exactly one year ago. Listening to all of the talk about going (back) to the Moon - and asking for a show of hands in the audience at NASA HQ for those who... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Its Back To The Moon Time - Again

Thu, 2018-11-29 14:33
NASA Announces New Partnerships for Commercial Lunar Payload Delivery Services "Nine U.S. companies now are eligible to bid on NASA delivery services to the lunar surface through Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contracts, as one of the first steps toward... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Space Force Comes In Many Flavors At Varying Costs

Wed, 2018-11-28 20:49
White House Seeks Alternatives to Independent Space Force, Defense One "The four options, according to one of the officials, include: 1) an Air Force-owned space corps that includes only Air Force assets, 2) an Air Force-owned space corps that also... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

The Sort of Status Report People Might Send Back From Mars

Wed, 2018-11-28 12:23
Astrobiologist Dale Andersen Antarctic Status Report 28 November 2018: Dive Hole Melting Issues "The hole melter was returned, but unfortunately it still does not work properly and we are unable to use it to make a dive hole or melt... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Janet Karika Announced As New NASA Chief of Staff

Tue, 2018-11-27 15:58
Janet Karika Named NASA Chief of Staff, NASA "I am honored today to announce that Ms. Janet Karika will begin serving as my Chief of Staff on Monday, Nov. 26. Ms. Karika is a recognized subject matter expert on space... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

White House Confusion Over How NASA Actually Functions

Mon, 2018-11-26 18:16
FYI @NASAInSight was approved by @NASA in 2012, built in 2014-2015 and almost flew to Mars in 2016 but was delayed until 2018 due to problems with the French-built seismometer - all before @RealDonaldTrump became president @NASA did not... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

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