Friday Flybys (vol. 2)

Shhh. What's all the Congressional fuss about a secret (well, not so secret anymore, eh?) spy satellite program eating up the intel budget? Relax. DOJ may investigate unauthorized leaks of classified information regarding "Misty," but we got the important stuff covered. The North American Aerospace Defense Command, (whose motto is "Deter, Detect, Defend"), that's right, NORAD, has released recent declassified photos of Santa. Just in case we were worried about frivolous defense spending.

Deconstructing O'Keefe... David Leonard at MSNBC says the next space agency chief faces
serious problems. Would you want the job? The Name Game continues at NASA Watch. At least someone has something nice to say: 74-year-old "legendary" veteran astronaut John Young proclaims the shuttle is safer.

Is Boeing the Enron of the U.S. Air Force?, asks the International Herald Tribune. No comment.

Well if there's one thing that has got to be bad for the space tourism industry, it's
a food shortage in space. Until provisions arrive, the Probe sends best holiday wishes to ISS crew Salizhan Sharipov and Leroy Chiao.

8th Annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference - Feb 10-11, 2005; Washington, D.C. Be there.

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