Friday Flybys (vol. 17)

The National Space Society urges members to visit their congressional representatives back in their home districts during August recess to talk about the Vision for Space Exploration. Bring some pie and lemonade. Don't bring a lawyer.

Belated congratulations from Space Law Probe to
Brian Chase, NASA's new assistant administrator for Legislative Affairs. And here is a nifty Congressional Hearing Calendar for the 109th Congress, from Brian's office.

Duct tape, Elmer's glue and Scotchgard? In the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, former Congressman Bob Barr rants about the space program's loss of status. (via Space Politics)

Over on GlennReynolds.com ("Technology, culture, politics and the law"), Professor Reynolds, the InstaPundit and space law book author, weighs in with a fascinating look at
Stem cells and space: A twofer!

Busy, busy, busy. The New York Times began the week asking in an editorial on Sunday,
Is the Space Station Necessary? and closed the work week with an editorial today worrying about mismanaging the shuttle fixes. Of course there was no shortage of Times-related commentary in blogspace this week, like over at Rand Simberg's.

No, not Captain Kirk. Commander Krikalev. That's right, this week Expedition 11 Commander Sergei Krikalev become the human with the
most cumulative time in space, orbiting past the record of 748 days held by Sergei Avdeyev. (Steroid-free, too.) Of course, the record for the shortest stay in space is still held by Alan Shepard: 15 minutes 22 seconds (May 1961). But hey, that's just 15 seconds shy of Gus Grissom's 15 minutes 37 seconds (July 1961).

Russia and Ukraine sign new space agreement.

Meanwhile, here on the Probe we applaud profitable space companies. And if you're one of those corporate space lawyer types, into reading SEC filings (not me), here's
SpaceDev's recent 10-QSB, which indicates the company is making money again this quarter. (Courtesy of Dan Schrimpsher at Space Pragmatism).

Hey, that next generation Russian reusable spaceship does look like a bit like a cute, squashed shuttle, doesn't it?
Alan Boyle reports on the Kliper, which according to folks at Energia, could be ready for piloted flights by 2012.

What else? Oh. And if your client
steals a Mercury astronaut boot and other artifacts to sell on ebay, advise her she may face arrest, conviction and up to 25 years in prison, like Sherrie Shaw. (link via collectSPACE)

Thankfully, no asteroids are expected to buzz the Earth this weekend. Unless your weekend lasts until


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