The Great Space-Off

The Space Development Steering Committee suggests a contest to get Americans to the moon, this time to stay.  The Committee urges NASA to ask private industry space companies to compete. With what? With private moon programs launched on private rockets. Programs whose first steps would allow these private companies to land Americans on the moon by 2024, the goal of the current presidential administration. But the Space Development Steering Committee urges.. Read More

The Instant Moon Program

The Trump administration, its Space Council, and that council’s head, Vice President Mike Pence, are looking for a way to get to the moon fast. And to get there to stay. They are impatient with current NASA plans. Those plans won’t get us to the moon until long after President Trump is out of office. The Space Development Steering Committee proposes a six-part COTS program that will get us on the moon to.. Read More

The Edge of an Earthquake

We may be on the edge of an earthquake in NASA and in the space community. James Bridenstine, NASA’s head, has said that we will send humans into orbit around the moon by 2020. To get us there, there’s a possibility that NASA won’t use its own rocket. Instead, it may buy rocket launches from private companies like United Launch Alliance and SpaceX. And the new White House budget has backed that.. Read More

The Rubies of the Moon?

There’s a massive value to the Moon that even that heavenly body’s most passionate fans in the space community are missing, says veteran space engineer and author of the book Moonrush Dennis Wingo. Jeff Bezos has called over and over again for us humans to move heavy industry into space and to focus on gardening the planet. Wingo says the moon is rip-roaring with advantages for this move of industry.. Read More

Was NASA’s Moon Plan Designed By Chinese Saboteurs?

The Chinese are racing us to be first to put a permanent village on the moon. We are way, way ahead in technology. But the Chinese could easily pass us. Why? Greed. The greed of the SMIC, the Space Military Industrial Complex. And the complicity of NASA. The Trump administration wants America to get to the moon, to get there to stay, and to get there fast. There is a good way to achieve this.. Read More

The New Space Race Pits the U.S. Against China. The U.S. Is Losing Badly.

This article first appeared in the Washington Post on January 10th. By Namrata Goswami Namrata Goswami is an independent senior analyst and author of “Outer Space and Great Powers.” In October, as Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong biopic “First Man” arrived in theaters, the movie provoked an uproar over what it didn’t show: the moment when Americans planted a flag on the moon. But in trying to affirm American greatness, the.. Read More

Cities on Mars?

How close are we to building cities on Mars and bases on the Moon? The answer may arrive sooner than you think. Elon Musk is committed to planting cities on Mars. And when it comes to the Moon, Musk feels we should already have had a lunar base a long time ago. Cities on Mars are serious business. Musk plans to start work on them in only four years. Yes,.. Read More

Disability Can Be a Superpower in Space

Disabled astronauts offer unique solutions to emergencies in space According to Dr. Sheri Wells-Jensen of Bowling Green State University, disabilities can be superpowers for astronauts in space. A position she and her co-author, Joshua Miele, of the Smith Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, will explain Sunday May 27th at 3 pm at the National Space Society’s annual International Space Development Conference in Los Angeles. Dr. Wells-Jensen uses the 1997 fire aboard.. Read More

Kill the Gateway Before It Kills America’s Manned Space Program

A consensus has developed that we should get back to the Moon. The Trump Administration has made returning to the Moon official policy. Congress seems supportive. And other countries who have never been to the Moon are eager to get there. But there’s a huge roadblock in America’s way. A massive obstacle that could make a Moon program impossible. And we are creating that obstacle despite the fact that the.. Read More