September 14, 2009 |
For the last five years, the United States has been saddled with a space program that manages to be both unrealistic and uninspiring. It's unrealistic because it depends on funding and technology that are not available, and uninspiring because it proposes a mere repeat visit to the moon -- and not very soon at that -- and a trip to Mars that is way too far off to excite any young person alive today. Last week, a panel of former astronauts and space entrepreneurs convened by the Obama administration to review the 2004 program released its preliminary findings, which offer a way out of our space dilemma.
July 23, 2009 |
Forty years after the crew of Apollo 11 landed on the moon, the business of space has yet to experience the renaissance many once thought possible. "It's 2009, and we thought we'd be going to the moon on PanAm by now," said John Pike, an analyst who follows the industry at think tank GlobalSecurity.org. "We thought the number of rockets that would be launched each year would be more and more and it would get cheaper and cheaper, but it didn't happen that way."
September 28, 2008 |
A Chinese astronaut stepped outside the Shenzhou 7 spacecraft Saturday and waved a small red Chinese flag for the millions of his countrymen watching on live television and cheering over their nation's latest conquest. With the 15-minute spacewalk, China became the third country to accomplish the feat, following the United States and Russia.
August 18, 2008 |
Iran said it had put a dummy satellite into orbit on its own rocket for the first time Sunday, a move expected to increase Western concerns about its nuclear ambitions. The ballistic technology used to put satellites into space can also be used to launch weapons, although Iran says it has no plans to do so. The rocket is called the Safir-e Omid, or envoy of hope. "The Safir satellite carrier was launched today, and for the first time we successfully launched a dummy satellite into orbit," Reza Taghipoor, head of the Iranian Aerospace Organization, said on state television Sunday.
July 28, 2008
Re "Looking at Mars," editorial, July 23 Once again, I must disagree with your editorial on the future of spaceflight and your continued opposition to human exploration. Although robots have their uses in going places where it is currently impossible to send humans, human spaceflight has many advantages, such as the ability to explore on a hunch and the ability to conduct in-flight repairs. There is also the inherent desire to travel to new places and literally "go where no man has gone before."
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May 29, 2008 |
Ernst Stuhlinger, one of the last surviving German rocket scientists who came to America after World War II and formed the engineering foundation of the nation's space program, died Sunday at his home in Huntsville, Ala. He was 94. Stuhlinger had been in failing health for several months, according to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville.
November 18, 2007 |
The oversized ambitions, secretive military culture and still-impoverished population underpinning China's space program are on full display here at the Xichang space center, the site of last month's moon probe launch. Two beefy People's Liberation Army soldiers stop foreigners from entering the "world-famous" launch center and museum in Sichuan province, even though all the information on display is available on the Internet and China's technology lags behind that of its Western counterparts.
September 14, 2007 |
After a 17-year hiatus between lunar missions, Japan launched an unmanned orbiter today that carries the hopes of a nation looking to claim its place as a serious space power. Taking advantage of a lull in rainy weather, the Kaguya orbiter lifted off from Tanegashima island in southern Japan, propelled by a domestically built H-2A solid-fuel rocket.
July 25, 2007 |
Dishes such as roast pork and stewed duck specially concocted for taikonauts -- a term for astronauts that is based on the Chinese word for space -- will be sold in supermarkets by the end of the year, the official New China News Agency said. The Scientific Research and Training Center for Chinese Astronauts and a Shanghai-based food company have developed more than 60 dishes -- including meat, vegetables, starches and desserts -- for the country's space program.
June 10, 2007 |
It started as a joke. But after a while, Robert H. Lorsch began to think that selling advertising in space wasn't so funny. More than 20 years after his ad agency used maps of the moon and the freeze-dried ice cream favored by astronauts to make pitches to potential clients, the Beverly Hills businessman is still lobbying for the commercialization of space. And his idea might yet get off the ground -- Rep.