The Mainstream Media Should Stop Neglecting NASA

Posted by Michael Pinto on Oct 29, 2009 in Science

Ares I-X logoShown above is the breath taking footage of NASA’s Ares I-X test rocket from yesterday. As usual NASA kicked ass with the six minute flight of a next generation space craft. Sadly for NASA everything went well, so now just a day later nobody in the mainstream media even mentions this story which got very little mention yesterday. Had the rocket blown up the chattering classes would be hard at work on this story this minute and for weeks to come — and this is a symptom of a larger problem. The mainstream media isn’t covering the real story which is that NASA is dying from negligence. Read more…

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How To Build an Ares IX Rocket

Posted by Michael Pinto on Sep 16, 2009 in Science

I don’t think that most folks have any idea what kind of bang for our buck we get out of NASA. Every day folks at that agency kill themselves to do a wide range of tasks in an underfunded program that’s doing so much with so little money. Shown here is just one example: This is time lapse video showing the building of the Ares I-X flight test rocket.

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Shuttle Replacement Orion Starts to Take Shape, but the Future is Uncertain

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jan 31, 2009 in Science

A replica of the launch abort system for the Ares 1X is taken off an Air Force C-5A Galaxy aircraft on Wednesday at the shuttle landing facility at Kennedy Space Center. The mock-up will be used in a July 11 test flight. (Michael R. Brown, FLORIDA TODAY)

Lacking a new administrator NASA’s next direction seems a bit uncertain — and part of the problem with the previous administrator was that the Orion Vehicle project which was suppose to replace the space shuttle which ran way over budget. This past week a mockup of part of the new system arrived at the Kennedy Space Center with the hope that NASA can put together a test launch by July. While it’s certain that President Obama wants to return to the moon his immediate focus at the White House has been on trying to rescue the economy, although the space exploration fanboy in me hopes he gives NASA some leadership sooner than later.

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