Friday Flybys (vol. 15)

That's right, RTF now means return to Florida. (Will NASA be ready to go on July 26? I bet yes. Nonetheless, this time I'll have to watch from the Web, not the press viewing area. But thanks Mike Reins at KSC's public affairs office for all the excellent updates.)

Meanwhile, here on the ground...

This afternoon the House "overwhelmingly" passed the NASA authorization bill (
H.R. 3070). And here's the House Science Committee's release.

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I've already started saving my spare change to invest in those gold and silver commemorative coins to be minted in 2008 under the
NASA and JPL 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act (H.R. 68), introduced in January by Rep. John Culberson (R-TX) and 290 co-sponsors. The bill passed the House on July 12. (Read the bill for great descriptions of the shiny new money. And collectSPACE has a glittering article on the coins, which are to include actual gold, silver, copper and other metals from flown spacecraft.

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If you can't get launch yourself into space, you can send your blog or blawg instead. MindComet's new, free service, BloginSpace.com will send blog content "into deep space via a powerful earth-based satellite broadcast." Thats right, Ted Murphy, President and CEO of MindComet wants bloggers to make contact with extraterrestrials. But are bloggers really the best envoys? (Sure I immediately registered the Probe. Typos and all.) Remember to heed the company (or perhaps, the company's intergalactic space lawyers): "We strongly urge our users to refrain from language or content designed to provoke our alien neighbors. We hope that our bloggers understand the importance of keeping our message positive." (We don't want E.T. to get the wrong impression of us.) (And no pirated Tom Cruise DVD's!)

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Peter N. Spotts of the Christian Science Monitor writes about the Probe's favorite topic, Beyond NASA: The push to privatize spaceflight .

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Friends of Futron reports for July. Cool beach reading.

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Speaking of cool reading, Prof. Glenn Reynolds (our beloved Instapundit) mentions his "small contribution" to the summer's Chicago Journal of International Law (which, as I've reported here, includes a space law symposium that unfortunately does not appear on the Journal's Web site), but does he even offer up a snippet of his article? Noooo. (Come on Professor!)

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That's all for now. Enjoy. And whatever you do, pay no attention to the five cosmic threats to life on earth.

Evoloterra week, everyone.

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