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BOOK REVIEW: “Back to the Moon” by Travis S. Taylor and Less Johnson (2010)

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I was in the mood for a potboiler the other day. Nothing fancy, mind you, nothing artsy or far-reaching, just a fun little read. The cover of this book fairly screamed out that it was exactly what I was looking for. Or so I thought, but I’ve been wrong before, and I’ll be wrong again…

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REALSPACE: "The Free Frontier" by Bill Whittle, and the "Liberty" rocket.

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I don't normally simply re-post others editorials, but there's really very little to add to this, both glorious and awful at the same time. Special thanks to Jake Was Here for pointing this out to me.

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REALSPACE: Despite being murdered by Obama, the Ares 1X is doing fine...

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Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know: I obsess on Obama's cold-blooded murder of the Space Program too much. I know a lot of you wish I'd move on to something else, but the thing is: I really think this is important stuff, and most others don't, so I'm left to scream alone in the night of indifference and various other metaphors that sound cool to college freshmen, but are really a bit too overwrought for my ear.

Anyway: Despite its cancellation, the Ares 1X is still enjoying a vigorous test-launch schedule, as you can read about here

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REALSPACE: President Obama’s Bold New Vision For Space Is Pretty Much The Same As His Bold Lack Of Vision For Space

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As everyone knows, the Space Shuttle program is being retired at the end of this year. As everyone probably knows (or at least should know), President Bush the Younger openly addressed the fact that America hasn’t really been doing anything significant in space in thirty or so years, and it was time for us to get off our butts and strive again. His dad, George Senior, attempted something similar, but was summarily slapped down by congress. George Junior, however, managed to get the program passed with a surprisingly solid bipartisan support.

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THIS USED TO BE THE FUTURE: Project Constellation

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So how long does it take for a vision of tomorrow to evaporate like last night's dreams? Not long at all. Sometimes something as trivial as a president who's been unable to keep a single one of his campaign promises, and decides to randomly kill a progam so it looks like he's not a completey toothless, inefectual leader.

The bottm line, my friends, is that last month Project Constellation went from being The Future to being something no different than all those Popular Mechanics covers from the 1940s.

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