Can it spontaneously form in basalt?
Do Americans care about it?
The frustrating thing about articles like this and polls is that they equate space exploration with “space.” Space development is an entirely different animal, for which exploration is just a means, not an end in itself.
How do we stop them?
And no, not talking about the southern border; that one’s easy to stop. They just don’t want to.
The question is if there’s some way to beneficiate it and mitigate whatever the issues are.
Thoughts on the implications of the invasion, from Bob Zimmerman.
The repercussions of this for the space industry could be broad and unforeseeable.
It was always a mistake to make ourselves so reliable on Russian/Ukrainian hardware.
Ukrainian invasions have affected our own space policies in the past.
As Jeff notes, if the Russians pull out of ISS, their human spaceflight program wouldn’t have much to do.
Eric Berger runs through the potential implications for space.
I’m glad that Webb is working, but I continue to believe it was a mistake.
[Update a while later]
To clarify, I think it was a mistake to do it in the way it was done, but now that it’s operational, obviously it would be a mistake to abandon it now.
Fact checking what sounds like a monumentally dumb flick.
That is the question at this Oxford debate this evening (in a couple hours, sorry about the short notice).
[Update toward the end of the debate]
As I’ve noted in the past, debates like this are pointless, because they are a false choice based on a false premise. We don’t have to choose between populating Mars and saving the planet; we have abundant resources for both. The false premise is that this is going to be a collective decision whose outcome will be determined by an Oxford debate. People who go to Mars will be doing so with their own money, so people on Earth who oppose it are going to have to make it illegal to prevent it. There is a word for people like that: jailers.
Or should I say, look out above? A Falcon 9 upper stage is going to crash into the Moon in a few weeks.
It’s arrived safely at ESL2.