News: January 2008 Archives


Letter From President Bush Regarding The Fifth Anniversary of The Columbia Accident

"They assumed great risk so we could understand what lies beyond. the heavens. Americans are grateful for their service, and they will always be cherished."

Message from the NASA Administrator: Day of Remembrance

"The last week of January brings, every year, a confluence of sobering anniversaries that we honor this Thursday with our Day of Remembrance. On Jan. 27, we marked 41 years since the loss of the crew of Apollo 1, and with it NASA's loss of innocence. The Apollo fire made it clear that we bring to spaceflight the same human flaws as our forebears who first sailed the ocean or went aloft in stick-and-wire contraptions. Successive generations have known the same harsh truth; the crew of Challenger was lost to us on Jan. 28, 22 years ago, and on Feb. 1 we mark five years since the loss of Columbia."

Columbia Data Aids Sat Re-entry Planning, Aviation Week & Space Technology

"Re-entry debris data and analysis derived from the space shuttle Columbia accident is being applied to Pentagon studies of how much of the failed National Reconnaissance Office NROL-21 spacecraft will survive re-entry heating and strike Earth in late February or early March. Several hundred pounds of spacecraft debris could land anywhere between 58.5 deg. north and south latitude. The orbit overflies all of the world's most populated areas. But statistically, the debris is far more likely to land harmlessly in an ocean, since water underlies more than 90 percent of the ground track."

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Defunct Spy Satellite Falling From Orbit, AP

"A large U.S. spy satellite has lost power and propulsion and could hit the Earth in late February or March, government officials said Saturday. The satellite, which no longer be controlled, could contain hazardous materials, and it is unknown where on the planet it might come down, they said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the information is classified as secret. "Appropriate government agencies are monitoring the situation," said Gordon Johndroe, a spokesman for the National Security Council."

NASA Hits The Road

NASA Celebrates 50th Anniversary at Seattle Future Forum

"Mayor Gregory J. Nickels has signed a proclamation recognizing NASA for its contribution to the space-related economy in the Seattle region, as well as its role in exploration, scientific discovery and research. The day of recognition coincides with a NASA Future Forum at the Museum of Flight in Seattle on Jan. 25, the first in a yearlong series of events across the country to mark the agency's 50th anniversary. NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale is the keynote speaker at the forum."

CSA President Quits

Canadian Space Agency President Resigns Amid MDA Deal,

"A day after the MDA deal to sell its space division to ATK we learn that the Canadian Space Agency president Laurier Boisvert resigned in December and was replaced on January 1st by Guy Bujold, an assistant deputy minister at Industry Canada."

Editor's note: NASA will be holding a "Think Tank Roundtable" next Tuesday at NASA HQ. This event will include briefings for several dozen representives of Washington, DC organizations, think tanks, and industry on NASA's budget and major programs.

Planning NASA's future, Physics Today (subscription required)

"PT: What is your management style for running NASA?

GRIFFIN: If I had my way, I would do the job under an assumed name. I am not interested in ceremonial aspects of the job. They do exist, and I recognize that responsibility, but I don't like it. It's one of the aspects of the job that I would say was on the debit side of the balance sheet as opposed to the credit side, in taking the job.

Anytime that I can avoid a public appearance or anytime that I can be participatory as opposed to directive in a management meeting, I would do that. I would like people, if possible, to buy into my ideas on how NASA should be structured, organized, and run rather than accept them as commands. I am very comfortable with an agency in which there is discourse, argument, debate, and discussion before a decision is made.

My final decision will not improve because of my reluctance to hear opposing views. So I try to run my management meetings like any community of science and engineering professionals, by putting out theories, judgments, designs, and proofs or critique. And then the hope is that when we have all the best minds looking at the problem, the best answer emerges."

NASA plans to blow up Mars if asteroid misses, The Spoof

"We are all psyched up for a big explosion", said NASA administrator Michael Griffin. "If the asteroid doesn't hit then the American people will be disappointed. Therefore, we will send a small part of our nuclear arsenal to the red planet so we can see the big Kaboom!"

Editor's note: Heck - It should work - and ought get the media distracted from the ill-planned air safety plan rollout. After all, Anna Nicole's death saved NASA from additional bad Lisa Nowak news.

Maxim magazine note: Maxim magazine is doing a big feature on the wacky world of NASA and they are looking to do a short segment on How to Speak NASA-ese. To use an example from NASA Watch, Holly Ridings was quoted saying "...we ingressed into Node 2..." Translation: "...we entered Node 2..." If you know of any great NASA-ese moments, please email the editors of Maxim at

I Think I'm Speaking NASAese - I Really Think So, Earlier Post



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