A couple of comments about comments

A couple of minor issues have developed in recent weeks regarding the, ah, discussions that take place in the comments of the posts here:

Please be civil in your disagreements. No profanity, please. Do not post copyrighted material in your comments (a link and a very brief excerpt are fine, but reposting entire articles are […]

Managing expectations for Griffin’s China trip

Later this month NASA Administrator Mike Griffin will travel to China later this month, spending several days there in meetings with his Chinese counterparts. SPACE.com surveys a number of policy experts on the upcoming visit, with the consensus being that this should be an opportunity for each country to get know the other, but is […]

Boehlert minds the gap

House Science Committee chairman Sherwood Boehlert told the AP Tuesday that he believes that NASA will be able to speed up development of Orion and thus reduce the gap in US government manned spaceflight capability when the shuttle is retired in 2010. Boehlert said he believed Michael Griffin will make a “determined effort” to speed […]

Fringe candidates, fringe issues

Presidential candidates, as a rule, don’t say much, if anything, about space and other issues on the fringe of a campaign—unless, of course, they’re on the fringe themselves. Case in point: Daniel Imperato, an independent candidate for president, issued a press release decrying plans by China and Russia to cooperate on a robotic Mars mission. […]

Congressman vs. rocket scientist

The Democratic Party primary in Florida’s 15th Congressional District (which includes Cape Canaveral and much of Florida’s “Space Coast”) earlier this week pitted two political neophytes: Robert Bowman and John Kennedy. Bowman won the primary by a final count of about 55-45%, and will now face incumbent Republican Rep. Dave Weldon in the November general […]

Solar science and politics

Earlier this week in The Space Review, I reviewed a book on the study of space weather, Sentinels of the Sun. There wouldn’t seem to be much of an intersection with politics here, but as I note in the review one of the most interesting chapters deals with the budgetary difficulties of the small Space […]

Farewell to a space staffer

Today is the last day on the Hill for Bill Adkins, the staff director of the space and aeronautics subcommittee of the House Science Committee. Adkins is leaving to set up his own space and defense consulting business. We wish him the best of luck in his new venture.

Foreign space policy update

With Congress just now returning from its summer recess, it’s been a relatively quiet time (at least in public) on domestic space policy issues, outside of the COTS and Orion contract awards, so it’s a good time to see what sort of debates and developments are taking place outside the US on space issues:

In […]

No defenders of Pluto in Utah

The Salt Lake Tribune, with its tongue at least touching its cheek, if not firmly planted in it, polled Utah’s congressional delegation to see if anyone would be willing to take action in Congress in defense of ex-planet Pluto. “Alas,” the paper reported Sunday, “none of our delegation bit on our suggestion for the Pluto […]

Political reaction to Orion decision

The reaction to yesterday’s announcement that Lockheed Martin will build the Orion (née CEV) spacecraft for NASA was fairly muted and broadly supportive of the selection. Some highlights:

Sen Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) issued a press release congratulating Lockheed Martin for winning Orion. Not surprisingly, she brought up the issue of the “gap” between the […]