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

Friday, July 10, 2009

MEDIA ADVISORY : M09-124 Media Invited to Attend NASA Advisory Meeting in Washington


WASHINGTON -- The NASA Advisory Council will meet in the Columbia
Ballroom of the Holiday Inn Capitol on July 16, from 8 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. EDT. This daylong meeting is open to journalists and the public.

Following opening remarks from council chairman Kenneth Ford, NASA's
acting Administrator Christopher Scolese will speak with the council.
Gen. Lester Lyles will brief the council on a recently completed study
by the National Academies entitled, "Rationale and Goals of the U.S.
Civil Space Program." Chairman of the Review of U.S. Human Spaceflight
Plans Committee Norman Augustine will provide an update about his
committee's work.

The NASA Advisory Council also will discuss and deliberate on the NASA
activities being reviewed by the exploration, science, aeronautics,
space operations, human capital, and audit and finance committees.

For more information about NASA's Advisory Council and the meeting's
agenda, visit:

For more information about NASA and agency programs, visit:

The Press will be there. Keep an ear open as to what they are told.
It is up, up, and away we go, --- for just a few more gold coins, please.
- LRK -


On Thursday, June 18, the NAC Chairman and its Audit & Finance
Committee Chairman testified at the hearing entitled, “External
Perspectives on the FY 2010 NASA Budget Request and Related Issues.”
To access the hearing charter and witness testimonies, please click on
the link below.
› View site -

NAC Testimony:
Dr. Kenneth M. Ford
› View PDF -,%206-18-09-1.pdf

Mr. Robert Hanisee
› View PDF -

The NAC has already spoken to Congress and now the Press will get a
chance to ask questions.

You might like to read the PDF files above.
There is money that hasn't been obligated, that might be lost.

Reminds me of my tour with TACAMO in Guam where as this Aviation
Electronics Warrant Officer, acting as the supply officer for the
squadron, saved on a couple of $55K items by having a consumable
supply stock number changed to the correct repairable supply stock
number. The next quarter we lost an equivalent amount of funding
because we obviously didn't need as much money since the items were
now considered repairable.

So I saved you the tax payer, some money, but I really could have used
the money where we were short in other areas. It still cost money to
have the items repaired.

You have to watch those bean counters. :-)
- LRK -

Thanks for looking up with me.

Larry Kellogg

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NASA Advisory Counciel (NAC)

The NASA Advisory Council provides the NASA Administrator with
counsel and advice on programs and issues of importance to the Agency.
The Council consists of six committees, Aeronautics, Audit and
Finance, Exploration, Human Capital, Science, and Space Operations.
Each committee conducts fact-finding sessions throughout the year in
an effort to gain a broad understanding of current NASA issues and
future mission implementation plans. The committees then bring this
information to the full Council in order that specific recommendations
may be prepared.

The Council deliberates on topics raised by each committee in public
sessions and presents any findings and recommendations to the NASA
Administrator on a quarterly basis.

***NAC Testifies Before Congress***

NAC testifies before the House Science and Technology Committee’s
Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics
On Thursday, June 18, the NAC Chairman and its Audit & Finance
Committee Chairman testified at the hearing entitled, “External
Perspectives on the FY 2010 NASA Budget Request and Related Issues.”
To access the hearing charter and witness testimonies, please click on
the link below.
› View site -

TinyURL for above -

Apollo: The Epic Journey that Launched a Generation of Engineers
Live Webinar Date: Monday, July 27, 2009

Time: 10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET / 17:00 GMT

In the early 60’s John F Kennedy mandated that the US would be the
first country to put a man on the moon.The Gemini and Apollo programs
accomplished just that. This webcast will provide an opportunity for
engineers around the world to ask these Space Pioneers about their
greatest challenges and accomplishments.
Buzz Aldrin's - Rocket Experience

Full version of Buzz Aldrin's new song "Rocket Experience" A portion
of the proceeds from the song sales of Rocket Experience will go to
ShareSpace Foundation, to further benefit and support the work of the
National Space Society, the Planetary Society and the Astronaut
Scholarship Foundation.

To learn more about Buzz, go to
Let’s go back to the moon — and beyond
James Woudhuysen
Monday 29 June 2009

As the 40th anniversary of the first manned moon landing approaches,
backward attitudes here on Earth have tainted our view of lunar

America, Japan, China and India have all begun what the Wall Street
Journal calls ‘The new race for the moon’ (1). No doubt their motives
aren’t wholly pure; but it is those who attack the whole idea of lunar
missions who most deserve criticism right now, for they too are in the
ascendant. A popular, of-the-moment example is the new anti-capitalist
movie, Moon. Describing it as a warning ‘that couldn’t be more
timely’, a contributor to the influential online magazine Slate
insists, simply, ‘Stay off the moon!’ (2).

One thing unites the critics of lunar exploration. Forty years after
man first landed on the moon – on 20 July 1969 – they share a disdain
for the grandeur of extra-terrestrial endeavour; for the scale of
human ambition involved; for the very idea that human beings should
climb into space, as up a mountain, ‘because it is there’.

I have no special preference for size, thrust during lift-off, or the
traverse across vast distances. The development of the integrated
circuit in the late 1950s, so important to the Apollo programme, was a
tribute to miniaturisation rather than to high energy or physical
scale. No, my admiration for both Saturn boosters and tiny electronics
grows from a respect for open-ended curiosity, for human achievement,
and for taking risks. With space travel, a lot of bravery was also at
stake. And with both space and the development of semiconductors,
there is much teamwork to celebrate – teamwork that, in the case of
Apollo, involved not just three astronauts, but the efforts of
hundreds of thousands of people.


(1) Michio Kaku, The New Race for the Moon, Wall Street Journal, 24
June 2009. See also Jay Barbree, President faces a Kennedy decision on
space, MSNBC, 23 June 2009, on; Shino Yuasa, Japan’s first lunar probe
ends mission, Business Week, 10 June 2009; Xinhua, China mulls manned
lunar landing in 2025-2030, China Daily, 24 May 2009, and Base station
on moon is the next dream: ISRO chief, the Hindu, 10 May 2009

(2) Daniel Engber, Go to “Moon”. Don’t Go to the Moon., Slate, 12 June 2009

Moonship Photographed by Backyard Astronomers

July 9, 2009: On June 29th, neighbors of Paul Mortfield in Ontario,
Canada, heard "cheers of excitement" coming from the astronomer's
house. What caused the commotion?

"I had just observed NASA's LCROSS spacecraft," explains Mortfield.
Using no more than a backyard telescope, he caught it zipping past
spiral galaxy IC3808:

LCROSS is the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite. It left
Earth June 18th atop an Atlas V rocket on a mission to crash into the
Moon. On Oct. 9th, NASA plans to plunge LCROSS headfirst into a deep
crater near the Moon's south pole. Researchers hope the debris it
kicks up will reveal water and other minerals of use to future lunar

Meanwhile, LCROSS is circling the Earth-moon system in a long looping
orbit, and NASA is inviting amateur astronomers to help track it.

"The more eyes the better," says Brian Day of NASA's Ames Research
Center. "We've got to crash this spacecraft into the bottom of a
pitch-black crater a quarter of a million miles away with pinpoint
accuracy. Amateur astronomers [can help us] precisely determine the
position of LCROSS in flight."




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