Marc Boucher: March 2012 Archives

F-1 Engine Recovery, Bezos Expeditions

"I'm excited to report that, using state-of-the-art deep sea sonar, the team has found the Apollo 11 engines lying 14,000 feet below the surface, and we're making plans to attempt to raise one or more of them from the ocean floor. We don't know yet what condition these engines might be in - they hit the ocean at high velocity and have been in salt water for more than 40 years. On the other hand, they're made of tough stuff, so we'll see."

Marc's note: it will be very interesting to see what condition the engine(s) are in if they are able to raise one or more of them.

Legal Smackdown: NASA, Religion and Intelligent Design, Times

"Neither the Constitution nor employee-protection laws can regulate feelings -- no more than they can or should regulate belief systems. They can, however, circumscribe behavior on both sides of that faith-divide. From the filings at least, JPL appears to have stayed well within those boundaries. Coppedge appears to have jumped the rails entirely."

Video Interview: Sarah Waechter, Partner Manager for Excalibur Almaz Inc., SpaceRef Forum

"NASA Public Affairs Officer Kyle Herring talks with Sarah Waechter, partner manager for Excalibur Almaz Inc., on the status of the Space Act Agreement. Excalibur Almaz is one of seven partners associated with the Commercial Crew Program."

Making the Case for Human Missions to Asteroids, Space Quarterly

Marc's note: The following article is a free sample from the current issue of Space Quarterly Magazine. It is our hope that if you enjoy this article you will consider subscribing to the magazine.

"By Jeff Foust

When President George W. Bush unveiled the Vision for Space Exploration in January 2004, he outlined a series of destinations for human exploration: a return to the Moon by 2020, followed by expeditions at later, unspecified dates "to Mars and to worlds beyond". This "Moon, Mars, and beyond" concept made logical sense as a set of stepping stones for human expansion into the solar system, even if the "beyond" part was vague in terms of specific destinations and timetables."


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