President Obama Greets Apollo 11 Astronauts; White House Press Secretary Answers Questions

President Obama Greets Apollo 11 Astronauts; White House Press Secretary Answers Questions

President Obama met with the Apollo 11 astronauts, NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, and Deputy Administrator Lori Garver this afternoon. According to CNN, he hailed the Apollo 11 crew as “three American heroes” and with regard to the future: “We expect that there is, as we speak, another generation of kids out there who are looking …

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Are We In A Multiverse?

Are We In A Multiverse?

Marcia Bartusiak has written a very entertaining and thought provoking op-ed for today’s Washington Post (July 19, 2009). She reminds us not just how big the universe is — and what a tiny part of it we are in — but that it may not be a UNiverse at all. Maybe we are in a …

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Washington Post on the Future of Space

Washington Post on the Future of Space

The Washington Post has devoted most of its Sunday Outlook section today, July 19, 2009, to the future of the space program. Mike Griffin, Howard McCurdy, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Marcia Bartusiak are among the opiners. Here are a few excerpts from Mike Griffin’s “Let’s Reach for the Stars Again”: Op-ed by Mike Griffin in …

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Events of Interest Week of July 20, 2009

Events of Interest Week of July 20, 2009

The following events may be of interest next week. Dates, times and witnesses for congressional hearings and markups are subject to change; check with the relevant committee for up-to-date information. Special Event: Apollo 11 40th Anniversary July 20 is the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the Moon. Congratulations once more to Neil …

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Gallup Releases New Poll About the Space Program — Public Is Favorable

Gallup Releases New Poll About the Space Program — Public Is Favorable

Gallup released a new poll today of what Americans think about the space program. Overall, they appear quite supportive, with 58% saying that the space program has brought enough benefits to justify its costs. As for NASA funding, 46% think the current level is right, and 14% would like to see it increased. Also, 45% …

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NASA Announces that Charlie Bolden and Lori Garver Are Sworn In To Lead NASA

NASA Announces that Charlie Bolden and Lori Garver Are Sworn In To Lead NASA

Via Twitter, NASA has announced that Charlie Bolden and Lori Garver have been sworn in as NASA Administrator and Deputy Administrator, respectively. Here’s the tweet, with a link to a photo. NASART @nasahqphoto Lori B. Garver and Charles F. Bolden Jr. Pose for a photo together http://flic.kr/p/6FB97D

NASA Releases New Images of Apollo Landing Sites from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

NASA Releases New Images of Apollo Landing Sites from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter now in orbit around the Moon has taken images of several of the Apollo landing sites, including Apollo 11. See the images in NASA’s press release .

Shuttle STS-127 External Tank Lost Foam Due to "As-Yet-Unknown Mechanism"

Shuttle STS-127 External Tank Lost Foam Due to "As-Yet-Unknown Mechanism"

Bill Harwood of CBS News’ Space Place reports that “an as-yet-unknown mechanism” caused foam to peel away from the intertank area during the STS-127 launch yesterday. He quotes space shuttle program manager John Shannon as saying “There is nothing that we have seen on the orbiter that causes us any concern” but “Of course, since …

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Augustine Tells NAC White House Agrees to Flexibility on Mandate; Shuttle Future Still Open

Augustine Tells NAC White House Agrees to Flexibility on Mandate; Shuttle Future Still Open

During a telecon with the NASA Advisory Council (NAC) today, Norman Augustine said that the White House has given his panel on the future of the U.S. human space flight program flexibility to go beyond the formal statement of task. The panel’s official charter includes a number of constraints. Among them is that the panel …

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Buzz Aldrin Proposes Focus on Mars not Moon in a "Unified Space Vision"

Buzz Aldrin Proposes Focus on Mars not Moon in a "Unified Space Vision"

In an op-ed piece in the Washington Post today, the 40th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11, famed Apollo 11 astronaut and moonwalker Buzz Aldrin outlined his own plan for the future of U.S. human space flight — a Unified Space Vision. He predicted that President Bush’s 2004 Vision for Space Exploration, like Apollo, …

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