It’s not just the 49th Apollo anniversary; it’s also the anniversary of the failed attempt to assassinate Hitler. Plus, it’s the 25th anniversary of the (likely) murder of Vince Foster.
I scored a ticket to the VIP gala at KSC Saturday night, to celebrate the 49th anniversary of the first moon landing. I just found out I’ll be seated at a front table with commercial-spaceflight basher Walt Cunningham.
Emilee Speck got the court documents. As someone who’s known them all for years, this is very sad.
Here’s a statement from Christina:
— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) June 25, 2018
Here’s the latest, from Chris Davenport.
Marina Koren has more at The Atlantic.
It’s the fourteenth anniversary of its first space flight. Here’s a blog post I wrote in Mojave the evening before.
And fourteen years later, not a single passenger has flown in this flawed concept. https://t.co/fi4iBuTH7b
— Rand Simberg (@Rand_Simberg) June 21, 2018
[Update a while later]
The future ain’t what it used to be: Space tourism edition.
I do think though, that with Blue Origin getting ready to start test-passenger flights, it’s finally arriving.
Georg von Tiesenhausen died on Sunday, at the age of 104. He was the last of von Braun’s rocket team. Amazing that he lived so long after what he went through in his youth.
Alan Bean has left the earth for the last time.
I just saw Buzz last night at the ISDC awards ceremony, which was probably the most encouraging in the history of that meeting, in which (amid saving The Expanse for another season, with many of the cast and production crew present) Jeff Bezos, one of the richest men in the world, laid out his vision for humanity in space that was shared by all in that room. There will be a party tonight, and I don’t think the organization will have had a more joyous one in its history. It was fitting that it occurred in the very same hotel where the very first conference was held, thirty-seven years ago.
Thoughts from Tim Fernholz on his space legacy.
I talked to Haley Byrd about this yesterday, and she quoted me.
It’s been fifteen years. Challenger was the beginning of the end of the Shuttle program, less than five years after the first flight. Columbia doomed it, though it continued to fly for eight more years. But the decision to end it led to the much more hopeful future we have now, with new commercial vehicles finally demonstrating real reusability, and competing with each other to drive down costs.
Here are my immediate thoughts at the time. Click on follow-up posts for a lot more.
[Update a few minutes later]
Glenn Reynolds: We just entered a golden age of space exploration. Why all the pessimism?
More importantly, we’re finally entering an age of not merely exploration, but development and ultimately settlement.
In rereading what I wrote then, I’m surprised at how prescient it was and how well it held up. Including the foretelling of the book that was to come a decade later.
[Update a few minutes later]
Note my comment there at the time:
Who has an operational solution that’s any better than NASA’s?
Who’s been funded to provide one?
The fact that NASA hasn’t done better does not imply that it cannot be done better. NASA operates under significant political constraints.
Note that fifteen years later (and the two people doing this had started two years earlier), that problem seems to have been solved.