News: December 2007 Archives

Editor's note: Here is a special Holiday greeting from Mike Griffin to all NASA Watch readers ...

NASA Watch on CNN

Editor's note: I will be on CNN - live - today (Wednesday) around 11:15 am EST. Update - I will be on CNN International - not CNN Domestic so it would seem.

Get Twitter - NOW

Editor's note: New ways of communicating are always appearing on the Internet - often out of nowhere. Twitter is one of the most fascinating - and infectious. I am now an addict - as are many of the folks at NASA who see how the future will work. You can follow my Twitter postings here - and I encourage you to get a Twitter account yourself. For a snapshot of how this all works globally, have a look at Twittervision - click on the 3D option and watch as instantaneous Twitter postings (called "Tweets") are mapped against a planetary context - in near real time.

A Galaxy of PR Woe - Critiquing NASA's handling of a strange space walk, Newsweek

"This week, NASA released e-mails offering a glimpse into how the agency handled the scandal. One officer's e-mail suggested trying Nowak (who, along with her love interest, is no longer a member of the astronaut corps) in military court to limit media access, a suggestion the agency quickly dismissed. So how did the space crew do in fending off these public-relations asteroids? NEWSWEEK spoke with Gene Grabowski, vice president of Washington, D.C.-based Levick Strategic Communications, who worked damage control on the national pet-food recalls and the toxic Chinese toy imports earlier this year."

Sir Arthur C. Clarke's 90th Birthday Message

"Hello! This is Arthur Clarke, speaking to you from my home in Colombo, Sri Lanka. As I approach my 90th birthday, my friends are asking how it feels like, to have completed 90 orbits around the Sun. Well, I actually don't feel a day older than 89! Of course, some things remind me that I have indeed qualified as a senior citizen. As Bob Hope once said: "You know you're getting old, when the candles cost more than the cake!" I'm now perfectly happy to step aside and watch how things evolve. But there's also a sad side to living so long: most of my contemporaries and old friends have already departed. However, they have left behind many fond memories, for me to recall."

- The Space Elevator: 'Thought Experiment', or Key to the Universe?, Arthur C Clarke, Space Elevator Reference

- Arthur Clarke Mars Greenhouse, SpaceRef

Editor's note:Something is really screwed up with NASA PAO. These two (very cool) press releases, one issued by JPL, the other by NASA HQ, never arrived in my email inbox - this despite the fact that I am on (or so I thought) every imaginable email distribution list NASA has. I stumbled across them elsewhere - and there is nothing wrong with my email server. First a screwed up telecon, now botched email LISTSERVs. Perhaps NASA should focus less on glitz, and more on content.

NASA: New Mission to Study Moon's Interior is Announced

NASA Mars Rover Spirit Investigates Signs of Steamy Martian Past

NASA Reschedules Space Shuttle Launch No Earlier Than Saturday

"The launch of NASA's space shuttle Atlantis will take place no earlier than Saturday, Dec. 8, at 3:43 p.m. EST. Thursday's scheduled liftoff from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., was postponed because of a problem with a fuel cutoff sensor system inside the shuttle's external fuel tank. The fuel cutoff sensor system is one of several that protect the shuttle's main engines by triggering their shut down if fuel runs unexpectedly low. Launch Commit Criteria require that three of the four sensor systems function properly before liftoff."

Editor's note: As she introduced a segment to air tomorrow (Thursday) on NBC's Today show featuring Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson, perky NBC host Ann Curry said "they told me that you could not be an astronaut if you were a girl." Really Ann. Just who are "they"?

Dilbert Does Space Tourism

Editor's note: Dilbert cartoon strip has had a series on space tourism running this week.

Happy Holidays

NASA Internal Email From Mike "Grinch" Griffin: The Twelve Days of Christmas and the Vision for Space Exploration

"With potential budget and performance challenges in implementing the Vision for Space Exploration, it will be necessary to make some changes to the traditional twelve days of Christmas. All organizations are asked to implement the following immediately:

1) The "partridge in a pear tree" is a classic example of conflicting requirements that cannot be satisfied concurrently: Either the partridge will eat the pears, rendering the tree ineffective, or it will not, and the bird will die. Ongoing continuous replacement of partridges and/or pears would be the inevitable outcome of deployment. The Constellation program is directed to deploy either a partridge or a pear tree, but not both. ..."

Report: US halted launch of Israeli satellite, Jerusalem Post

"The September launch of an Israeli spy satellite from India, which now faces months of postponements, was canceled due to "last-minute" pressure by the United States, the Indian press reported Monday....The paper hinted that the reason for the American pressure was to prevent India from obtaining powerful military platforms. Earlier this year, the paper said, the US curtailed Indian plans to develop missiles with a 5,000-kilometer range and advised it to only manufacture missiles with a range of 800 km."


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