From: LARRY KLAES (ljk4_at_msn.com)
Date: Mon Apr 14 2008 - 06:28:53 PDT
>From: jeff_at_thespacereview.com (Jeff Foust)
>Subject: This Week in The Space Review - 2008 April 14
>Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2008 04:40:13 -0600 (MDT)
>Welcome to this week's issue of The Space Review:
>The Vision for Space Exploration and the retirement of the Baby
>Boomers (part 1)
>Even as space advocates seek to increase NASA's budget, the agency
>itself and the Bush Administration have claimed that budgets that keep
>pace with inflation are sufficient for NASA to implement the Vision
>for Space Exploration. However, as Charles Miller and Jeff Foust
>argue, even that modest budgetary goal may be impossible to maintain
>given the fiscal pressures the nation will be facing in the years to
>Obama's modest proposal: no hue, no cry? (part 2)
>While presidential candidate Barack Obama has proposed delaying NASA's
>Constellation program to pay for an early education initiative, the
>response from the pro-space community has been surprisingly muted.
>Greg Zsidisin examines why, given the nature of such organizations,
>that may be the case.
>PBS recently aired a Nova episode about military space station
>projects in the US and USSR during the Cold War. Dwayne Day identifies
>several errors in the program's discussion of the Air Force's MOL
>Point-to-point suborbital spaceflight and military logistics
>Although point-to-point suborbital spaceflight holds great promise for
>opening new markets, there's little private-sector interest in funding
>the development of such vehicles today. Taylor Dinerman explains how
>the military could jumpstart this sector in much the same way it did
>the air cargo business decades ago.
>Introducing the Committee for the Advocacy of Space Exploration
>One thing the space advocacy movement has been missing for some time
>is an effective political action committee. Jeff Brooks announces the
>formation of a PAC for space exploration and how his organization will
>work to raise the profile of space policy in Washington.
>Gumdrops and dragonflies
>In preparation for an accident that fortunately never came, rescue
>crews practiced techniques to recover Apollo astronauts. Dwayne Day
>reveals the small but important role played by a large, ungainly
>helicopter to support those efforts.
>If you missed it, here's what we published in our previous issue:
>Obama's modest proposal: no hue, no cry?
>Since late last year Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama
>has proposed delaying NASA's Constellation program for five years to
>help pay for an education initiative. Greg Zsidisin examines what
>Obama has proposed and what the candidate said to him about it in a
>recent town hall meeting.
>So you want to be a rocket pilot
>If the commercial human spaceflight market emerges as some anticipate,
>there will soon be demand for a new kind of job: commercial rocket
>pilot. Jeff Foust reports on how pilots can prepare for such work,
>and why at least one person things the occupation will be far less
>glamorous than one might expect.
>They were warned
>Last week members of Congress wrung their hands over the anticipated
>job losses at the Kennedy Space Center and elsewhere as the shuttle is
>retired. Taylor Dinerman argues that the solution is for Congress and
>the White House to act to provide additional funding to speed up the
>development of its successor, not to extend the life of the shuttle.
>Never give a monkey your car keys
>Should you challenge people making bizarre statements, or simply
>ignore them? That's the question Dwayne Day grapples with as he
>recounts the reaction to an earlier essay about claims of evidence of
>alien life on the Moon.
>Clarke and Kubrick glimpsed the future
>The recent passing of Arthur C. Clarke came just before the 40th
>anniversary of the release of "2001: A Space Odyssey". Jim McDade
>uses these events as an opportunity for reflection on both that
>seminal work as well as our own prospects for the future.
>We appreciate any feedback you may have about these articles as well as
>any other questions, comments, or suggestions about The Space Review.
>We're also actively soliciting articles to publish in future issues, so
>if you have an article or article idea that you think would be of
>interest, please email me.
>Until next week,
>Editor, The Space Review
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