The limited impact of NASA’s peccadilloes

An article in today’s Houston Chronicle plays down the effect the suite of minor scandals that have dogged the space agency this year will have on the agency’s FY08 budget. The House has already passed its version of the budget, giving NASA several hundred million more than what the president requested; the full Senate has […]

Fighting for Arecibo

The front page of today’s Washington Post has an article discussing the potential closure of the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico because of budget pressures at the NSF. The giant radio observatory, operated by Cornell University, will have to shut down in 2010 unless the university can find other sources to cover half of the […]

Slogans and silliness

Earlier this summer, as you may recall, NASA completed a new strategic communications plan with a “core message” as its central theme: “NASA explores for answers that power our future.” The response to it has been, shall we say, less than overwhelming. So much so, in fact, that Loretta Whitesides, blogging on, solicited suggestions […]

That other space-related hearing today

You’re doubtless already aware of today’s House Science and Technology Committee hearing about NASA’s astronaut health care studies, including allegations of intoxicated astronauts. At the same time as that hearing, though, the House Homeland Security Committee will be hosting another hearing, “Turning Spy Satellites on the Homeland: the Privacy and Civil Liberties Implications of the […]

Getting presidents to notice space

An editorial in today’s Florida Today offers a familiar complaint: presidential candidates don’t seem to care about space policy. The current crop of candidates, both Democratic and Republican, haven’t yet articulated policy positions on space (yes, it is traditionally early in the election cycle, but not in this distended campaign); the editorial cites as an […]