Exploration: August 2004 Archives

NASA's Office of Exploration Systems has announced a listing of Notices of Intent (NOI) letters submitted in response to the Human & Robotic Technology BAA which have been selected to submit full proposals.

Due the large number of NOIs rejected NOI email notifications are not being sent out.

Full proposals are due to NASA by 29 September 2004.

Armwaving from Mars

30 August 2004: Debating the Aldridge report, The Space Review

"Zubrin revealed that he had an opportunity to provide input to the Aldridge Commission by testifying but turned them down. He said the commission asked him to testify "on the condition that I not address any programmatic and technical issues." ...

... "Zubrin's harsh critique of the Aldridge Commission was the first time he had criticized it openly in a public audience. "I did not attack it publicly because the report has been disappearing on its own," he said, "and to attack it publicly would have been viewed as attacking the President's bandwagon." Several times during the debate he reiterated his position that the report will have no lasting impact on NASA or space exploration in general. "The good thing about the report was that it was so bad it was instantly forgotten," he noted."

Editor's note: In Mars Society President Bob Zubrin's universe there is but one destination: Mars - and only one way to get there: his way. Nothing else is worth doing. If you do not agree 100% with him - and with all of his dogma - then you are wrong. There is no middle ground.

29 August 2004: Plan 1 for Outer Space, Washington Post

"The government, meanwhile, hasn't yet figured out how to keep one of its signature triumphs, the Hubble Space Telescope, from falling back to Earth in a fireball. NASA doesn't want to endanger a crew of astronauts for the sake of an aging instrument that will eventually be replaced by more powerful telescopes. There is talk of a robotic mission to save the Hubble, but the whole issue has been a public relations disaster for the agency, emanating the whiff of a can't-do attitude. These were the people who could always do the impossible. They were the ones who inspired a great American cliche: If we can put a man on the moon, why can't we . . ."


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