Will The Moon Belong to China?

                                                                                                                                         China Moon *                                                                          Major General John K. Singlaub, USA (ret.)**                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thomas R. Spencer*** As the Space Shuttle touched down, for the very last time in Florida on July 21, 2011, one could almost hear the China National Space | Read More »

    Who are the New, New Nine?

    This past weekend beginning on February 17th NASA is celebrating the 50th anniversary of John Glenn’s historic flight aboard Friendship 7 in which he became the first American to orbit the earth in space. Of the original nine Mercury astronauts only John Glenn and Scott Carpenter, also in attendance, were present along with a large number of other project personnel. The article covering the event | Read More »

    Welcome to Second Place

    We are now officially not the leading space agency in the world and I’d like to bid a fond farewell to the shuttles heading to static display (article found here). We are arguably second to Russia who can still get men and materiel to the International Space Station. For that matter, China is actively pursuing manned space flight as well striving to land on the | Read More »

    Lemmings, the Cliff and 2012

    We all think we are invincible.  We all think we will have another day.  Then one day there isn’t another day and our day is done.  Empires rise and empires fall and everyone always thinks, “We’ll make it through this. We always have” then one time you don’t.  No one gets to live in the world they grew up in, because the only thing that | Read More »

    Goodbye, Space Shuttle

    I wrote a post last year about the end of the Space Shuttle program, titled ‘Space Shutttle:  End of an Era‘, that can be read here.  It has, over time, been one of the most popular postings on my blog.  I think there is a simple reason why.  For my generation (I was born in the early 70s), we missed out on Mercury and Apollo.  We didn’t | Read More »

    Obama surrenders space to the Russians and Chinese

    I would add the Europeans to the list, but it’s Europe. According to the Orlando Sentinel: <!– /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:”Cambria Math”; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-1610611985 1107304683 0 0 159 0;} @font-face {font-family:Calibri; panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-1610611985 1073750139 0 0 159 0;} /* | Read More »