Friday Flybys (vol. 5)

Now that Sean O'Keefe's has his foot out the door, AP reports the GAO is looking at the departing NASA administrator's airplane use, travel, and other items that may amount to "waste". Fair warning to the new space agency chief, whomever he or she may be. That is, if anyone still wants the job.

Meanwhile, waste is one thing, but NASA should not be accused of fraud, at least when it comes to claims of extraterrestrial life, as the agency stepped up to
debunk a report that it's scientists have found strong evidence of life on Mars. Uh-uh. But feel free to make what you will of those methane signatures and such.

The next space shuttle commander
Eileen Collins gives an interview to NPR as NASA prepares for the first flight since the Columbia accident two years ago. Today NASA announced the shuttle Discovery will launch May 15, 2005.

What defines a planet?
This is up to astronomers, not space lawyers. In any case, happy 75th anniversary of the discovery of the 9th planet in our solar system, Pluto (found Feb. 18, 1930 by amateur astronomer Clyde Tombaugh at Lowell Observatory). Even if Pluto is not a planet at all.

And thanks to fellow blawggers on Inter Alia, LawSites (hi Bob!), BoleyBlogs!, Direct Appeal and others for giving the Probe all kinds of honorable mention on our launch and first few months. We're happy to be in blogspace (and bLAWgspace) with you guys.

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