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April 8, 2020

Why is NASA so slow?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:37 am
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By the time they get to the moon, Elon Musk will be building factories up there. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

April 7, 2020

Another close call

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 7:25 am
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Story here.  We need to be more vigilant. ( post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

March 19, 2020

Percussive maintenance

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:18 pm
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As a last resort, NASA engineers used percussive maintenance to fix their Mars lander.  That is the kind of can do spirit we saw from NASA in the old days. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger, who would have loved this story so much.)

March 18, 2020


Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:23 pm
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How in God’s name has NASA forgotten how to do something it was able to do in 1969?  This is freaking embarrassing. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger, who is probably rolling over in his grave.)

March 17, 2020

Faster, please

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:40 pm
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SpaceX may launch astronauts in May. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)(headline courtesy of Instapundit).

March 10, 2020


Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:04 pm
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This is cool.  It is amazing that they can get this quality from that far away.  Now, if we can only get off this rock and get there. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger, who would have loved this.)

Space tourists

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:30 am
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SpaceX says they will take three tourists to the ISS next year.  While the idea of space tourists is at first pretty ridiculous and at a price tag of $55 million clearly elitist, on a longer term view, space tourism is probably a good thing as it will further commercialize and popularize space travel.  Frankly, back in 1969, I thought that in the 2000s we’d have stations in orbit with large number of people living and working in space.  Better late that never. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

March 3, 2020

US/India space cooperation

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:51 am
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During his recent visit, the President praised the recent accomplishments of the Indian space agency and pledged greater cooperation between the countries.  This was the right move for several reasons. The Indians are rightly proud of their achievements in space, particularly in regard to lunar exploration.  Cooperation between the world’s democracies will lead to quicker advancements in space, which we need. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

Boeing learns

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:47 am
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something from its recent partial Starliner failure.  It really does seem that we’ve lost some expertise that we had in the 1960s.  Possibly that is due to the fact we are dealing with private companies.  Who knows.  I just hope they get things moving forward quickly. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

February 18, 2020

NASA needs astronauts

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:47 am
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Apparently they expect a lot of people to apply.

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