Fridays Flybys (vol. 14)
The launch scrubbed out, but the week went on. Here are some takeaways.
Former space scientist and recovering pro-space activist Jeffrey F. Bell rethinks space activism rooted in the 1970's and writes that doom and gloom won't sell space. (Although he admits he does not know what the "new message" should be.)
Over at The Space Review Chris Carberry has visions of the next president and his or her impact on space 2009.
More space shuttle launches, not fewer, will lower the risk, writes former chairman of the NASA Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, Richard D. Blomberg. (N.Y. Times reg. req'd)
I missed this last week, but in addition to the astrologer who is suing NASA in the wake of the Deep Impact comet success, apparently the People of Ziquikcikty (also known as Comet Tempel-1) are seeking certification for their class action against Michael Griffin, George Bush, Karl Rove and others for damage to themselves and their home comet. (Note certification of service confirms delivery by "class V mindsend.") And we thought Earthlings were litigious. (Courtesy of George William Herbert, via Rand Simberg.)
This is a good week to pull out a few Glenn Reynolds columns on space, to keep perspective. For example, the famous space law book author and Instapundit himself offers some of his inimitable insight and perspective here and here.
AP is reporting it cost more than $73,000 to fly 44 members of Congress to Cape Canaveral for the scrubbed launch of space shuttle Discovery. (And what did the scrub itself cost? According to NASA, $616,000 in fuel and labor.)
The NASA hacker who was, admittedly, "smoking a lot of dope at the time," talks about computers systems and extra-terrestrial conspiracies.
Have a great, unscrubbed weekend. Don't worry too much about the engine cutoff (ECO) sensors located in bottom of the external tank. (Instead, here are 50 things to do with an IPOD.)
Coming soon: peace and propulsion.