"Five spots - one colored white, one blue, and three black - are scattered across the upper half of the planet. Closer inspection by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope reveals that these spots are actually a rare alignment of three of Jupiter's largest moons - Io, Ganymede, and Callisto - across the planet's face. In this image, the telltale signatures of this alignment are the shadows [the three black circles] cast by the moons."
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5 October 2004: Book Review: New Moon Rising, Universe Today
"As the authors say in New Moon Rising , NASA needed and obtained a new space vision to direct its efforts. The authors provide a detailed and broad overview of the very large supporting cast that contributed to the vision that was initiated with President Bush's speech early in the year 2004. Now, in the authors viewpoint, NASA and its new administrator, Sean O'Keefe, have what they need to ensure this vision becomes reality."
17 September 2004: The real cost of space - More exploration requires consensus and commitment, OpEd, Huntsville Times
"Now another president, George W. Bush, says it's time to unleash America's technological know-how for further exploration. But note that the popular idea that Bush has buckled America up for a trip to Mars isn't quite what he said.
As noted in "New Moon Rising" by Frank Sietzen Jr. and Keith L. Cowing (Apogee Books), which will be reviewed in Sunday's Times, Bush's message focused on a return to the heavens, not a specific mission, not even about going to Mars at all.
People in Huntsville may have a sharper focus about the need to move forward than elsewhere."
30 August 2004: A New NASA Rising (Book review), Space Daily
"Sietzen and Cowing illustrate the newly geared mindset of NASA by comparing the jargon advocated by people like Craig Steidle- its new Associate Administrator- against the language once used under Dan Goldin's stewardship. Now its concepts like 'form follows function', 'spiral development' and 'affordable, sustainable, and credible' are replacing the old mantras of 'better, faster, cheaper'."
15 July 2004: Exclusive: Book details Bush moon decision, UPI
"Part 3 deals with how the White House set the content of and the date for the president's announcement."
14 July 2004: Exclusive: Book details space plan's birth, UPI
"Part 2 deals with how the space plan developed at the grassroots level within the administration in 2003."
13 July 2004: Exclusive: Book details NASA's ordeal, UPI
"In their new book, "New Moon Rising: The making of America's new space vision and the remaking of NASA," authors Frank Sietzen Jr. and Keith L. Cowing detail how the National Aeronautics and Space Administration attempted to recover from the shuttle Columbia tragedy and prepare to fulfill President George W. Bush's new vision for the U.S. space program. Part 1 deals with NASA's deliberations on how to respond to the report by the Columbia Accident Investigation Board in August 2003."
14 July 2004: Book charts development of new space vision, Florida Today
"The fight ended with President Bush handing the agency a long-desired new
mission to dispatch humans to explore the solar system -- not stopping at
the moon, but venturing beyond.
However, that outcome was anything but certain during the highly secret,
months-long battle during which the White House, NASA, the Pentagon and
others in the federal government weighed in on where the U.S. should go in
space and how much money to devote to that.
That's the story laid out in a new book by two aerospace reporters who got a
rare behind-the-scenes look at how high-profile policy gets made in the
White House. The book is scheduled for release this week. "New Moon Rising" promises to take readers inside the halls of NASA headquarters, and to some degree the White House, to watch the vision being
8 July 2004: New Book "New Moon Rising" Reveals How Secret Inner White House Circle Created the Bush Administration's New Space Vision for U.S., Space Frontier Foundation
"A soon to be released book, "New Moon Rising", being launched at the Return To The Moon Conference in Las Vegas (July 16th-18th) will reveal some of the most detailed inner workings of the White House ever revealed since this Administration came into office."