CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1988
One of the main rationales for the American space program is the contribution that it makes to science and our knowledge of the world and the universe. Yet space science, as this leg of space is called, is usually overshadowed by the much more glamorous (and dangerous, and expensive) manned space program. The space scientists--whose fields range from planetary exploration to earth sciences to fundamental physics, chemistry and life science--have reason to complain that they don't get no respect.
October 1, 1996 |
It was only meant to be in space for three years, but the International Ultraviolet Explorer lasted nearly 19, producing brilliant scientific observations before dying ignominiously Monday of money starvation. With the push of a button, Dr. Yoji Kondo at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland ended one of the longest and most productive missions in the history of space science. That caused the hydrazine gas tank, which held steering propellant, to empty and the batteries to go dead.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2003 |
Rudolf F. Hoelker, a space science pioneer and member of Wernher von Braun's German rocket team, died June 14 at a Massachusetts hospital. He was 91. Hoelker was born in Halle, Germany, and worked with Von Braun in Germany during World War II. After the war, he moved to Huntsville, Ala., with the rocket team and helped to build the U.S. aerospace program in the early days of the space race.
June 13, 1987 |
In a major organizational shift, NASA announced guidelines Friday to ensure smooth development of commercial space activities with a heavy emphasis on potentially lucrative materials science. Deputy Administrator Dale D. Myers said the importance of the virtually gravity-free space environment to new technology development warranted special treatment within the agency.
June 29, 1988 |
Concluding a massive study of the U.S. space science program, the National Research Council's Space Science Board on Tuesday called for establishment of a satellite network capable of constant observation of the entire Earth. At the same time, it recommended intensive planetary exploration, emphasizing Mars during the last years of the 20th Century and the first of the 21st but including unmanned landings on Mercury and Venus and probes into the atmosphere of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.
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."