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REALSPACE: Lunar Landers Competition, Phase 2

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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED 11/25/09

Just in time for Congress to cancel it, phase 2 of NASA's Lunar Lander Development Competition has started producing some pretty freakin' schwee results like these

http://www.space.com/common/media/video/player.php?videoRef=SP_090916_Ar...

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REALSPACE: The Obama Administration, Congress and NASA: Update…

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"As NASA Administrator, I already own a Heavy Lifter (in) the Space Shuttle stack. I will not give that up lightly and, in fact, can't responsibly do so because.... any other solution for getting 100 tons into orbit is going to be more expensive than efficiently utilizing what we already own."

-Dr. Michael D. Griffin, NASA Administrator, May 2005

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REALSPACE EMERGENCY: Congress may have given up on space, but *YOU* can help save the James Webb Telescope

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“I honestly think the wheels are coming off our picture of the way the
universe works at the moment. We don't know what 96% of the universe
is made of – that tells us that we don't understand something
fundamental.”

--Professor Brian Cox

Last time, we talked about the human space flight program. Now we
need to discuss a much more serious issue. Please click through to read about it, unlike most of the stuff we do on Republibot, it's actually important.

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REALSPACE: College Students make NASA look like chumps.

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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON 11/19/09

While I'm no fan of Senator William Proxmire's constant kvetching about NASA's budget, I do have to admit I find it disheartening that our nation's space agency can't seem to design a roll of toilet paper without it weighing 40,000 pounds and costing a cool billion. It's not so much that I object to the money - I really don't, space is an expensive business, after all, which is why only 13 countries have ever even attempted it - but how little ambition they seem to have with the money.

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REALSPACE: Obama and the Attempt to Destroy NASA

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Boys and girls, are you sitting comfortably? Good.

Once upon a time, there was a government agency tasked with a great
undertaking, landing a man on the moon, and returning him safely to
the Earth. This great undertaking was successful. The government agency, NASA, which headed up that rare endeavour, a successful
government program, was rewarded by Congress and the President, with an attempt to destroy it. That attempt, unlike the program, was
almost successful.

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REALSPACE: Virgin Galactic's "SpaceShipTwo" in experimental drop-testing

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It's been a conspicuously loooooooooooong time since we've heard anything substantial out of Virgin Galactic, but as the footage below the jump shows, the development of SpaceShipTwo is not only continuing, but has actually gotten pretty darn far.

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REALSPACE: Ruminations at the end of the Space Age

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I'm just kind of rambling here, so bear with me. I'm kind of sorting things out in my head as I type. Since the Chinese put their first man in orbit eight years ago, I've been reflecting on the history of the space program. "History," Napoleon said, "Is a set of lies agreed upon." A century later, Henry Ford put it more succinctly when he said, "History is bunk." Here's an example: The Space Age is commonly said to have begun on October 4th, 1957, when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1 into orbit.

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REALSPACE: Weirdest. Moon. Ever.

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Saturn has sixty-three (known) moons. Actually, since the rings are made up of tiny solid objects, the planet *technically* has quadrillions of moons, but for our purposes it's got sixty three that you can point at and say, "Hey, that's not a ring!" These range from small ones a half-mile across all the way up to Titan, the second-largest moon in the solar system (Larger than the planet Mercury). Most of them are pretty dinky, though. Only 13 are larger than thirty miles across, and only seven of these have enough mass for their own gravity to pull them into a ball shape.

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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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