Looked like they had another foam strike at liftoff, though. I guess they’ll take a look at it when they get to ISS.
It turns out that it’s difficult, if not almost impossible, to erase all the data from a flash drive.
[Update a while later]
Difficult to erase all the data without destroying it.
XCOR and Southwest Research Institute have a major announcement today:
In a first for the reusable suborbital launch vehicle industry, XCOR Aerospace announced today that the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), a commercial entity, has purchased six suborbital flights to carry SwRI experiments as pathfinder missions for other SwRI suborbital clients. This is the first such contract SwRI has issued, and XCOR is proud to be chosen for this opportunity.
I hope it’s the first of many such deals, for XCOR and other providers.
Paul Spudis doesn’t think much of NASA’s newest vision statement. Neither do I, but I’m unmoved by his replacement: “To explore the universe with people and machines.”
He’s thinking too much like a scientist. Exploration is a means, not an end. I’d say “To flower the universe with sapient life.”
…are belong to U.S. The Orwellian judicial defenses of ObamaCare.
The comment thread du jour, if not de l’année. You do have to feel sorry for the person who started it, though.
A compilation of bi-partisan misuse of the word. They should really stop doing this. It just makes us look weak and ineffectual. If it’s really unacceptable, then you can’t accept it, and should be prepared to do something about it.
…continues its wholesale manslaughter of innocent Americans. The food pyramid isn’t as bad as it used to be, but it remains disastrous. It was exactly this kind of dietary advice that killed my father, over three decades ago.
Here’s an example of why there’s a lot more to democracy than voting:
Two million Egyptians jam Tahrir Square to chants of “To Jerusalem we are heading, martyrs in the millions.”
Public unions force the taxpayers to fund Democrats:
Everyone has priorities. During the past week Barack Obama has found no time to condemn the attacks that Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi has launched on the Libyan people.
But he did find time to be interviewed by a Wisconsin television station and weigh in on the dispute between Republican Gov. Scott Walker and the state’s public employee unions. Walker was staging “an assault on unions,” he said, and added that “public employee unions make enormous contributions to our states and our citizens.”
Enormous contributions, yes — to the Democratic Party and the Obama campaign. Unions, most of whose members are public employees, gave Democrats some $400 million in the 2008 election cycle. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the biggest public employee union, gave Democrats $90 million in the 2010 cycle.
Follow the money, Washington reporters like to say. The money in this case comes from taxpayers, present and future, who are the source of every penny of dues paid to public employee unions, who in turn spend much of that money on politics, almost all of it for Democrats. In effect, public employee unions are a mechanism by which every taxpayer is forced to fund the Democratic Party.
Which is both why they need to be outlawed, and why the Democrats are fighting so hard, to the point of threatening blood in the streets, to protect them. It’s obviously part of that new civility we’ve been hearing so much about.
[Update a while later]
Time for public-employee unions to go, and end a half-century mistake.
[Early afternoon update]
Even FDR understood — there is no role for government unions.