NASA has this week submitted its first proposal for the heavy-lift rocket it'll build to succeed the Space Shuttle. Among the science and political constraints, it sounds extremely sensible, with one hitch: NASA says it can't afford it.
Since we realized our technology could rocket us from the surface of the Earth into the void, we've been building all sorts of vehicles to take us there. Yet apart from the Space Shuttle and the X-Prize winning SpaceShipOne, they've all been describable using one word: Capsule.
Brazil, which has seen the number of foreign patients rise from 48,000 in 2005 to 180,000 last year--and is growing at a 30% clip year-over-year--is poised to draw still more from its neighbors and the U.S. thanks to shorter flights and a bump from futebol.
Virgin, Sir Richard Branson's company, is to go into e-publishing, with an iPad-only publication called Maverick. And, if the AdAge report is anything to go by, it sounds like it's going to be a direct competitor to FastCompany.com. So, here's the first review of the app--before it's even out, that's how ahead of the curve we are: It's AWFUL.
Just the other day, an influential group of ex-astronauts--including Buzz Aldrin--publicly called for a new direction in the U.S. space effort, demanding more human space flight and even a Department of Space. And it's just possible those demands will fall on understanding ears in the Obama administration, since it looks like the newly revealed budget is particularly pro-space exploration.
Another Apollo celebration event just hit, and boy it's a biggy: NASA released in-orbit photos taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter that show the Apollo landing sites on the Moon, complete with amazing detail.