Planning the next blitz

Next month the Space Exploration Alliance, the loose coalition of space organizations ranging from the NSS to the AIAA, will be holding another “Moon-Mars Blitz” on Capitol Hill. In this week’s issue of The Space Review, I interviewed Chris Carberry, the chairman of the June event, about what’s on the agenda and the overall effectiveness […]

Now all I need is a fedora

Imagine my surprise this weekend as I read the “50 Ways to Space Out” article in the latest issue of Air & Space magazine and came across this entry:

37 READ SPACE POLITICS, the Space Age’s version of the Drudge Report, because “sometimes the most important orbit is the Beltway.” Visit

I’m flattered… I […]

Not-so-joint hearing?

With some fanfare earlier this week, the House Science and Technology Committee’s investigations subcommittee and the Senate Commerce Committee’s space subcommittee announced a joint hearing for next Wednesday afternoon regarding the actions of, and investigation into, NASA inspector general Robert Cobb. While the hearing is listed as a joint one on the Senate Commerce Committee’s […]

Stumping for Griffin

When Mike Griffin became administrator of NASA a little over two years ago, he made it clear that he felt his tenure there would be limited and not to exceed beyond January 2009, when a new administration takes over and (presumably) picks a new administrator. While at least one member of the Senate is counting […]

Joint hearing on NASA IG

The House Science and Technology Committee’s investigations subcommittee and the Senate Commerce Committee’s space subcommittee announced today that they will hold a joint hearing next week about the NASA Inspector General, Robert Cobb, who has been the subject of scrutiny by members of both committees. According to the headline of the Senate press release, Cobb […]

Feeney takes Calvert’s spot on space subcommittee

Last week the House Republican leadership selected Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA) to temporarily fill an open seat on the House Appropriations Committee. That vacancy opened up when another California Republican, Rep. John Doolittle, stepped down from the committee last month in the wake of an FBI search of his home as part of the broader […]

And in other news, Sun rises in east

The AIAA announced Monday that an “unprecedented coalition of nearly two dozen U.S. aerospace corporations” has signed off on a letter asking for more money for NASA. Aerospace companies, asking Congress to give NASA more money? Not exactly a surprising message. The letter cites both the joint funding resolution that cut several hundred million dollars […]

Stuffing the debate ballot box

A reader, Bart Leahy, pointed out that Fox News is soliciting questions for a Republican presidential debate it’s hosting next week in South Carolina:

FOX News wants to know what you would ask the Republican presidential candidates when they debate in Columbia, S.C., on Tuesday, May 15.

Please e-mail your question to Include your […]

No space from Rudy

So Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani showed up at the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville for a press conference? And what did he talk about? Abortion and the military, the Huntsville Times reports. Certainly not, as one commenter in the previous post suggested, unveiling plans for a human mission to Mars by 2030. […]

Rudy in Huntsville

Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani is scheduled to visit the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville and meet with reporters there today. The forum would suggest that he might say something about space policy, unless he pulls a John Kerry (who went to KSC and talked about health care; fortunately, bunnysuits should not be […]