Why China Will Inherit The Moon.

    “In many countries today, moral and ethical norms are being reconsidered. They’re now requiring not only the proper acknowledgment of freedom of conscience, political views and private life, but also the mandatory acknowledgment of the equality of good and evil.”

    Vladamir Putin

    So in the bizarre, Post-modern, Post-Cold War world, the authoritarian President of the oligarchic glob formerly known as the CCCP just gave us a lot of useful knowledge free of charge. Perhaps it was his way of thanking the NSA for all interesting things that he learned about America from Edward Snowden and Julian Assange. Whether we realize it yet or not, Mr. Putin just explained to us why China can reach the moon, while the United States of America no longer has that level of national will.

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    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 »

    RIP Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)

    America lost one of its true icons today, when Neil Armstrong, simultaneously taking for the last time both small step and giant leap, departed this world at the age of 82. The former Navy pilot and astronaut, who left the first human footprints – as well as messages of goodwill and prayers to the Almighty from U.S. presidents and world leaders alike – on our moon, inspired generations of Americans and citizens of the world with both word and deed.

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    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 »

    Space station commander remembers 9/11

    I have published and republished my remembrance of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. I don’t feel it is as poignant as are those of some of my RedState colleagues, so I keep looking for new remembrances. This year I found the recollection of the only American not on earth on 9/11. “The smoke seemed to have an odd bloom to it at the base | Read More »

    Space station commander remembers 9/11

    I have published and republished my remembrance of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. I don’t feel it is as poignant as are those of some of my RedState colleagues, so I keep looking for new remembrances. This year I found the recollection of the only American not on earth on 9/11. “The smoke seemed to have an odd bloom to it at the base | Read More »

    We Are Now a Second Rate Power

    Today, a little before 6am, we became a second rate power. It had been coming for a couple of years now. The Senate has not passed a budget in 813 days. We cannot figure out how to pay our bills, and we borrow forty three cents for every dollar that the government spends. We seem to couch our international interests in the interests of others, | Read More »

    Tech at “Night”: AT&T, Netflix, Net Neutrality, FCC, Twitter, Space Lasers

    This edition of Tech at Night is unfortunately delayed. It’s almost 4am now as I’m able to start this (7am eastern) because I had a bout of Net Neutrality to deal with. All websites loaded at the same speed on my DSL: zero. Total downtime. So, late or not, let’s go. As I warned on Monday, Net Neutrality is forcing ISPs like AT&T to impose | Read More »

    Tech at “Night”: AT&T, Netflix, Net Neutrality, FCC, Twitter, Space Lasers

    This edition of Tech at Night is unfortunately delayed. It’s almost 4am now as I’m able to start this (7am eastern) because I had a bout of Net Neutrality to deal with. All websites loaded at the same speed on my DSL: zero. Total downtime. So, late or not, let’s go. As I warned on Monday, Net Neutrality is forcing ISPs like AT&T to impose | Read More »

    Once Upon A Time In Heaven: Commercial Space Takes Off

    <b>Commercial space takes off</b> First off, a much belated congratulations to Elon Musk and the folks at SpaceX for last month’s successful test launch of the Falcon 9 vehicle.  The <a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NREJEZ5eluk”>video</a> is as spectacular as the story of a company, that for pennies on the dollar, hbas shown a path to reducing launch costs by a whole order of magnitude.  A month on, and | Read More »

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    Where Do I Live?

    Due to professional obligations that diverted my attention away from RedState and the news of the day for the last couple of weeks, I awoke this morning to learn – well – that the world is officially upside down. Now, I realize that some of this may be repetitive for those who have been paying attention – but imagine my surprise to see the news | Read More »

    Where Do I Live?

    Due to professional obligations that diverted my attention away from RedState and the news of the day for the last couple of weeks, I awoke this morning to learn – well – that the world is officially upside down. Now, I realize that some of this may be repetitive for those who have been paying attention – but imagine my surprise to see the news | Read More »

    Once Upon A Time In Heaven: Roundup

    Heavy-lift, alive but knee-capped. In his April 15 speech at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Fla., U.S. President Barack Obama said the space agency would spend the next five years studying new technologies and materials before settling on a heavy-lift rocket design. But NASA documents and comments from agency officials suggest the White House already has a design firmly in mind. The document was revised between | Read More »

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    What is Our Goal in Space?

    Obama’s policy is most notable for the lack of his visibility in it. One gets the sense that his officials came up with it and he just went along, if indeed he gave any attention to it at all. One has to wonder about a “Progressive Movement” that just wishes the entire Space Age would just go away. “Hope and Change” for space policy seems | Read More »

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    CPAC 2010: Rep Rob Bishop (R, UT-01).

    This CPAC interview with Rep. Rob Bishop (R, UT-01) seemed relevant, given the post that I did earlier on the White House gutting 23K space-reliant jobs in a politically-unreliable Democrat’s Congressional District: Rep. Bishop is active in space issues, and in fact went into greater detail recently about why said gutting is ill-advised. The op-ed is well worth reading, if probably not making an argument | Read More »

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