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Monday, September 21, 2009

The $3-billion-a-year question - Can you answer the question - Why?

Do you want to go to the Moon, Mars, and Beyond?

I know, you think, yes go, go.
How do you convince those in charge of the pocket book that they should fund?
Just saying, "Because ...." may not be enough.
You might want to read what Jeff Foust has written and see what you think.
- LRK -

The $3-billion-a-year question
by Jeff Foust
Monday, September 21, 2009

It’s little surprise that, since the Review of US Human Space Flight
Plans Committee (aka the Augustine committee after its chairman, Norm
Augustine) released its summary report nearly two weeks ago, that its
contents have dominated the debate about the future of NASA’s
exploration plans. The options included in the report were in line
with what the committee considered during its public hearings, but the
report’s language, starting with its initial sentence—“The U.S. human
spaceflight program appears to be on an unsustainable trajectory”—made
its contents particularly stark. NASA’s current program, with its
current budget and its current schedule, just isn’t possible;
something would have to change.

The debate over options and funding, though, is missing a bigger, more
strategic question. It’s a question that, if answered completely and
convincingly, makes it much easier to resolve the issues of the
options to pursue and funding needed to accomplish them. It’s a
question of childlike simplicity but can be difficult to answer. It
can also be summarized in a single word: why? As in, why should the US
have a human spaceflight program?

What some have offered as reasons we should go to space.
- LRK -
A Million Reasons To Go To Space

Some more thoughts.
- LRK -

Adventure, exploration, learning what's out there

Wealth, opportunities, jobs
-- Most everything made on earth can be made in space at less cost.
Manufacturing facilities can be made quickly using a few mold forms,
asteroid materials, sand casting, and assembly of molded pieces into
modules that interconnect.
-- Business means jobs and space has everything the bright
entreprenuer wants and the additional advantage of the flexibility in
controlling G-forces from many times that of earth down to zero-G and
the added increased productivity and any new product possibilities
discovered therefrom.
-- The world's oil and gas reserves are running out. We must deal with
the energy crisis and the depletion of natural resources. The
resources of space are essential to any serious effort to tackle these

And if you would like to live in space.
- LRK -

Space Renaissance Initiative

Space Renaissance is a new, global philosophy, having its basic ground
on Earth, and its natural development in the extraterrestrial space.
Our founding concepts are New Humanism and Astro Humanism. We look at
the past Renaissance (1500) as an inspiration for patronage and
capability to aim high, and to make great projects by means of good
will and mutual cooperation.
Among our scopes:
- to give birth to a Foundation
- to build a great school for graduates and post-graduate doctorates and masters
- to build the philosophy and the culture of the Space Age, to help
the New Renaissance of Humanity in Space
The Space Renaissance Initiative published a call for a world wide
forum -- the Space Renaissance Forum -- to be held one week before the
next G20!

Well it will be interesting to see what develops in the next 30 years,
that is if I live to be 101. :-)

Thanks for looking up with me.

Larry Kellogg

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Proton launches communications satellite
Posted: Sat, Sep 19 10:15 AM ET (1415 GMT)
A Proton rocket successfully launched a new communications satellite
for Canadian operator Telesat early Friday. The Proton M lifted off
from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 3:19 pm EDT Thursday (1919 GMT
Thursday, 1:19 am Friday local time) and released the Nimiq 5
satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit 9 hours and 15 minutes
later. The satellite is a Space Systems/Loral 1300-series spacecraft,
weighing 4,745 kilograms. It will be located at 72.7 degrees west
longitude in GEO, providing direct-to-home television services to
North America using 32 Ku-band transponders. The launch was the
seventh Proton mission of 2009, five of them being commercial missions
for International Launch Services. The launch also took place just
hours after another mission from Baikonur, the launch of a Russian
weather satellite on a Soyuz.
Related Links:
Space News article
Spaceflight Now article
ILS press release
Telesat press release
Congressman Hernandez?
September 20, 2009 at 5:03 pm · Filed under Congress, NASA

NASA astronaut Jose Hernandez, back on Earth after competing the
STS-128 shuttle mission to the ISS earlier this month, is
contemplating his future, a Stockton (Calif.) Record article today
notes. He tells his hometown paper that he hopes to get assigned “to a
space mission aboard a Russian aircraft”, which is likely the paper
garbling a desire tto go to the ISS on a Soyuz mission. The paper adds
something interesting, though: “He also is contemplating a political
career to represent the Stockton area in Congress.”
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