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Monday, December 05, 2005

  Space: Burt Rutan, Gene Krantz, Rick Tumlinson

After going to the Xprize last year, somehow I missed Burt Rutan's remarks. I'm loving The Space show podcasts. Yesterday I listened to podcasts of Ed Buckbee and of legendary flight engineer, Gene Krantz. Krantz has such a authoritative, reassuring voice - he could run my mission control anytime - and points to all the good things that happened on the flight test of the Discovery earlier this year:

Gene still believes NASA can do the job. Others don't. There's been a bunch of good op-eds in the space press this past week - Rick Tumlinson, full of vitrol:

And Jeff Bell chimes in with a detailed analysis that I'd link to if I could find it this morning. Bell has become something of a beta noir of the alt.space community, his articles spark debate (to say the least!). Jon Goff has a detailed counter-proposal...

And the Russians claim to be able to make the moon for $2b. Bravado?

Whatever the heck we do in space, let's make it right. I like the gathering support for a fuel dump as the next interim goal of interplanetary flight... and I wish all the rocketheads would pay more attention to momentum-exchange tethers...
 
Sunday, December 04, 2005

  Davy Crockett

I've had occasion today, as I figure out what charity to donate to this christmas season, to reflect on the words of Davy Crockett, regarding the use of public money. [...] I proposed to give a week's pay. There are in that House many very wealthy men-men who think nothing of spending a week's pay, or a dozen of them, for a dinner or a wine party when they have something to accomplish by it. Some of those same men made beautiful speeches upon the great debt of gratitude which the country owed the deceased-a debt which could not be paid by money-and the insignificance and worthlessness of money, particularly so insignificant a sum as $10,000, when weighed against he honor of the nation. Yet not one of them responded to my proposition. Money with them is nothing but trash when it is to come out of the people. But is the one great thing for which most of them are striving, and many of them sacrifice honor, integrity, and justice to obtain it."
 
David Täht writes about politics, space, copyright, the internet, audio software, operating systems and surfing.


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Inside the Internet Mind - trying to map the weather within the global supercomputer that consists of humans and google
Sex In Politics - If politicians spent more time pounding the flesh rather than pressing it, it would be a better world
Getting resources from space - An alternative to blowing money on mars using NEAs.
On the Columbia - Why I care about space
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The Cubic Dog
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