Yes, the U.S. response should have been more firm.
They’re shooting a new film version of it.
Potentially unpopular opinion: I think the Dune series, including the original book, is one of the most overrated works in SF.
Thoughts from Newt. I would note that Boeing would never do SLS on a fixed-price basis.
Bob Zubrin’s thoughts (tl;dr: Can SLS and the Gateway). (And yes, the URL is misleading.)
The NASA administrator is openly considering going to the moon with a Falcon Heavy and ICPS.
Dick Shelby was unavailable for comment, though I’m sure he will. I’m also sure he’s regretting confirming Bridenstine.
I suppose it’s possible that this is an April Fools post, but I don’t think Leonard would do that.
This is great science writing. And if this happened today, unlike an excess of plant food in the atmosphere, it probably really would wipe out humanity, or at least a great portion of it.
We could be looking a lot harder for these things, and learning how to deflect them, but Congress would rather build a big monster rocket.
I’m glad to see the rocket starting to take shape, despite penny pinching from the parents, but that sure looks labor intensive.
A long article on the reasons we’re not burning it in reactors, including a lot of comments from Kirk Sorensen.
…has been working on previously undisclosed Space Act Agreements with NASA on a lunar lander. That would seem to be part of the puzzle of what’s been happening over the past several days.
Bob Zimmerman isn’t optimistic that NASA can break out of the status quo.
Mike Pence just gave a speech in Huntsville in which he stated as an administration goal to get back to the moon in not nine years, but in five (I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that this would be at the end of Trump’s second term). And he doesn’t care how it happens, even if it takes commercial rockets. That’s a shot over Dick Shelby’s bow. And he threw a lot of shade at Boeing over SLS.
That will either require a budget increase, or SLS/Orion cancellation. I imagine that if he’s not already doing so, Elon will put people on 24/7 shifts in Boca Chica.
Here‘s the story from Loren Grush.