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In Light of the Loss of Orbital Sciences' Antares

(2) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 3:41 PM

In the aftermath of the recent loss of Orbital Sciences Antares, some have criticized NASA's reliance on commercial providers, and specifically Orbital Sciences. This is a subject matter upon which I have a unique understanding and perspective. I am the first second-generation astronaut, an investor in many commercial spaceflight companies...

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Space Is the Open Frontier

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 10:47 AM


My dream of spaceflight began at a young age. With my father being a NASA astronaut, and most all my near neighbors being either astronauts or rocket scientists, that's not too hard to fathom. But the gap between thinking you would like to go...

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Investing in Our Future: Does Investing in Space Exploration Help or Hinder Progress Towards Prosperity?

(160) Comments | Posted September 5, 2012 | 9:00 AM

A common argument against strategic U.S. investment in fundamental science, technology and space exploration is that those same dollars could be spent supporting the impoverished right here at home. That would be a very short-sighted strategy. Of course increasing attention, focus and money on support of the impoverished is a...

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Neil Armstrong's Legacy

(6) Comments | Posted August 26, 2012 | 12:08 PM

In the gift shops of Star City, Russia, you can buy the statues of two great pioneers. Yuri Gagarin, the first human to leave the Earth and Neil Armstrong the first person to set foot upon the moon. The world lost Yuri very soon after his accomplishment; we have now...

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Astronauts: American Heroes or Modern-day Meddlers?

(3) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 1:24 PM

Short Answer: Sometimes Both.

My astronaut father regularly tries to dissuade me from chiming in on politically-charged issues. It is advice I occasionally ignore. Yet, his rationale is usually right on target. He counsels me to let the true experts make the case, not the interested but less-informed opinion holders,...

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The Legacy of the Space Shuttle

(127) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 9:14 PM

As each remaining orbiter of the shuttle fleet takes their final flight to museums around the nation, it is a fitting time to reflect on the legacy of these iconic space vehicles.

Citizens and visitors went outside in large numbers to watch the final flybys of these majestic birds that...

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Why Human Space Travel?

(117) Comments | Posted March 19, 2012 | 9:43 AM

On the 13th of April in the year 2029 the 350-meter Asteroid "Apophis" will pass between the Earth and moon

My first blog about NASA turning to commercial providers for launch vehicles seems to have opened an interesting debate. Why do...

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The New Space Race: The Next 30 Years of Human Exploration of Space

(227) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 9:43 PM

At a time when many doubt our national commitment to human exploration of space, it is important to reflect on where we have been, where we are going and most importantly, why.

There can be little doubt that humanity is destined to live beyond the confines of our Earth and...

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