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American Space Exploration Leadership -- Why and How

1562 Comments | Posted January 5, 2012 | 00:00:00 (EST)

As we flip the calendar to 2012, we get the first blast of space news, and the resurgent relevance of human space exploration.  China just announced plans to lead humanity in to the moon and beyond, the tail of their comet a strong defense mindset.  The Chinese challenge comes at...

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In Memoriam -- A Rededication to Space

Posted January 28, 2011 | 14:07:43 (EST)

Statement on the 25th Anniversary of the Challenger Tragedy

As we reflect back upon the tragic loss of Challenger and her brave crew of heroes who were aboard that fateful day, I am reminded that they truly represented the best of us, as they climbed aloft on...

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The Way Forward: Achieving a Consensus on America's Future in Space

Posted July 19, 2010 | 16:44:46 (EST)

It is widely known that I support the President's new space agenda for civil space. I was proud to stand beside the President at the recent Space Summit, and to endorse his bold vision for space -- a vision that I believe will enable us to maintain our pioneering leadership...

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Why We Should Keep Flying the Space Shuttle

Posted March 18, 2010 | 14:11:01 (EST)

Instead of planning the retirement of the Space Shuttle program, America should be preparing the shuttles for their next step in space: evolving, not shutting them down and laying off thousands of people. You know the very people whose experience we will need in the years ahead. Except if you...

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Spaceships Worthy of the Name

Posted February 23, 2010 | 14:08:10 (EST)

In this blog I'm going to talk about what NASA needs to do once Congress has passed President Obama's new budget that starts on October 1st. Although I spent most of last year speaking about these concepts, they may be new to some readers - and they have even greater...

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President Obama's JFK Moment

Posted February 3, 2010 | 20:49:54 (EST)

Thank you, Mr. President.

That's what we should say to President Barack Obama in light of his Fiscal Year 2011 space budget for NASA. The President courageously decided to redirect our nation's space policy away from the foolish and underfunded Moon race that has consumed NASA for more than six...

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In Search of a Real Spaceship

Posted November 25, 2009 | 17:33:32 (EST)


Imagine this scenario: you are a tourist coming home from a special vacation jaunt. Or maybe you're a researcher headed home from an assignment at a national laboratory. But instead of a nice gentle landing at an airport, you plunge into the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean,...

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Why We Need Better Rockets

Posted November 9, 2009 | 16:56:03 (EST)

Well, it looked spectacular.

I'm referring to NASA's recent launch of the Ares 1-X, billed as the prototype of the Ares 1 as a crew launch vehicle, a fancy term for a manned space booster. The rocket is said to have performed as planned, and ushered in the era...

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Mr. President, Will You Lead Us to Greatness in Space?

Posted October 21, 2009 | 16:36:16 (EST)

The roadmap is now complete. Today the commission formed to provide President Barack Obama with a series of potential pathways to America's future in space has delivered its final report. Officials in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP, as they say in Washington) received the report...

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A Different Kind of Moon Race

Posted October 12, 2009 | 17:00:11 (EST)

A quarter of a million miles from where you are reading these words, on the dusty surface of our companion Moon, lies the best chance in decades for America to reestablish itself as a global space leader. It is time for our country to foster a new Moon race --...

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