Many folks would like to see us back on the Moon and developing its resources.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Good day - or not -

This subject is not exactly on the topic of from the Earth to the Moon,
Mars, and Beyond, but I think has an impact on such ideas.

A note from a writer on the HumanSpaceflight Yahoo group caught my
attention. - LRK -

Hello everyone. I know this is off topic but I want to say to our
friends and fellow group members in London and the entire United
Kingdom, we send our condolences and our prayers to all the victims,
survivors, and citizens of this great country of this horrific and
totally dastardly bombing in London today. May you all know that not
only us in the USA but people everyone are one with you throughout this
terrible time ! May GOD bless you all!!!!..........Joe Desrosier, USA
Yahoo! Groups Links

<*> To visit your group on the web, go to:

I had not paid much attention to things going on in the world while lost in
my own little world of science and gadgets but have begun to watch these
happenings since reading Kim Stanley Robinson's trilogy of "Red Mars, Blue
Mars, Green Mars".

I think my teachers back in high school, eons ago, tried to prepare us for
what has gone on in the past with those thick book reading assignments like
"War and Peace", which I could never get through with my chemistry reading
speed of trying to figure out what H2O meant.

People over the years have moved because of famine, pestilence, and
oppression. I hope we don't have to go to space because of these reasons.
Still that is one motive for moving a population to new frontiers. Maybe
going back to the Moon with the mission to learn how to live in a hostile
environment will prepare us for expanding on our options.

In the mean time it would be good if we found out how to work on common
goals that would make for a safe world to live in. Kind of hard to think
about great innovative ideas when you are concerned about car bombs and the

If you are close to what is happening the Wikepedia free encyclopedia may
have some links that would be helpful.
(active on the web site which will be changing with new input.) - LRK -

Larry Kellogg
larry.kellogg at

7 July 2005 London bombings
>From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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This article discusses a current event, so its contents may change rapidly.


* Central emergency number: 0870 156 6344 (Metropolitan Police)
* Metropolitan Police: 020 7766 6020 (UK) +44 20 7766 6020
* British Transport Police: 020 8358 0101 (UK) +44 20 8358 0101
* Those outside the UK should see the list of Foreign Ministry contact

Do not call the London emergency services line unless you are reporting
"life-threatening" circumstances.
The Metropolitan Police Service advises against all unnecessary travel
within the Capital.

On 7 July 2005 at 08:49 BST (07:49 UTC), during the height of morning rush
hour, a series of four explosions struck London's transport system. Three
Underground trains were hit in the first wave and a bus an hour later. 33
people are confirmed dead and over 300 injured (45 fatally).

Metropolitan Police Service Commissioner Sir Ian Blair has said that
explosions were probably the result of a "major terrorist attack" but did
not wish to speculate on the organisation involved. The bombings came while
the United Kingdom hosted the first full day of the 31st G8 summit at
Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland, and a day after London won the bid to host the
2012 Summer Olympic Games. The Formula 1 British Grand Prix is also
scheduled for this weekend, but will still go ahead.

The incidents led to the immediate evacuation of many tube stations, as well
as the complete shut-down of the London Underground network. Roads near the
affected stations were closed, severely affecting road traffic. Mainline
services into London stations Euston, Paddington, Liverpool Street and
King's Cross are terminating outside the city. The city's bus network was
shut down in the central zone (Zone 1) until approximately 16:00 BST.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair has described the attacks as "barbaric".
"Our determination to defend our values and our way of life is greater than
their determination to cause death and destruction to innocent people in a
desire to impose extremism upon the world," he said. The Prime Minister left
the G8 summit in Gleneagles despite Downing Street initially suggesting that
reports he would return to London were false [1]. He has arrived back in
London to consult with emergency services. The summit will continue in his
absence and he intends to return in the evening during that time. [2]


The political impact of London bombs
By Nick Assinder
Political Correspondent, BBC News website

This was the terrorist attack Tony Blair has dreaded and the thought of
which, he confessed, kept him awake at night.

Time and again, ministers and security chiefs have said an attack on the UK
was inevitable - it was a case of when, not if.

And it came at a time when the eyes of the world were on the UK, as Mr Blair
hosted the G8 meeting in Gleneagles.

To that extent, the terrorists succeeded in securing the greatest possible
global impact.

But Tony Blair has also insisted that, when the inevitable attack came it
must not succeed in demoralising or dividing the country. That would be to
hand the killers victory.

London Explosions Kill at Least 33
Blair Calls Apparent Terror Attacks 'Barbaric' Acts

By Glenn Frankel and Fred Barbash
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, July 7, 2005; 12:00 PM

LONDON, July 7 -- Explosions rocked the transportation system across an arc
of central London on Thursday morning, injuring more than 345 people and
killing at least 33 with the numbers expected to rise, according to early

Described by authorities as a coordinated terrorist attack, four separate
blasts detonated without warning in subway carriages underground near three
stations of London's subway system. Another tore apart a double-decker bus.


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