A little slow on the uptake

It’s been nearly a month since Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama formally repudiated his previous position on the Constellation program (although he had been edging away from it from months in other remarks), which means that just about everyone has heard about it, right? Apparently not at the Associated Press, which included this passage in [...]

A familiar anecdote

There was a little frisson online this evening as people watching the video introducing Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama noticed Obama mentioned seeing Apollo astronauts return to Hawaii with his grandfather. His grandfather told him, Obama recalled, that this was evidence that Americans could do anything they put their minds to. Naturally, space enthusiasts got [...]

Congress, shuttle, and the ISS

The Huntsville Times reports this morning that Alabama’s two senators agree with the proposal by three colleagues to preserve shuttle infrastructure—provided that there is more money appropriated to NASA to cover any additional shuttle missions. “If the Bush administration intends to propose additional shuttle flights, then we must have a corresponding increase in the NASA [...]

Obama’s “general” space policy advisors

So who is advising Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama on space issues? We know that Lori Garver, who previously worked with the Hillary Clinton campaign, is helping the Obama campaign on this issue; she noted at the Mars Society conference debate that she had talked with Obama several times on this. He is also getting [...]

Even in Florida…

…in one of the most space-savvy districts in the nation, a candidate who talks about three ways to shorten the gap, promotes space-based solar power, and has the endorsements of both a major newspaper and Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin can get trounced in a primary election by someone who thinks the Chandra X-Ray Observatory [...]

McCain, Senators: preserve option to extend shuttle life

Three members of the US Senate, including Republican presidential candidate John Mccain, have asked President Bush not to take any steps that would preclude extending the shuttle’s life beyond 2010. In a letter to the president dated Monday, McCain and Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and David Vitter (R-LA) said uncertainty about US access to [...]

News from the convention

No, not much space-related news from Denver, but a couple of minor items. One, a snippet from Sen. Ted Kennedy’s speech last night:

We are told that Barack Obama believes too much in an America of high principle and bold endeavor, but when John Kennedy called of going to the moon, he didn’t say [...]

Primary day in Florida

Residents of Florida’s Space Coast can take a break today from work to dry out and clean up from Tropical Storm Fay by going to the polls for primary elections for a variety of local and state offices, as well as Congress. And it’s the Congressional elections that will be of interest there this year, [...]

Biden on space

Late Friday night the Obama campaign announced it had selected Joe Biden, a senator from Delaware and former presidential candidate himself, as Obama’s running mate. Naturally, the first question that comes to everyone’s minds is, “what does he think about space policy?” Well, maybe not, but if you’re still reading this, you’re curious.

However, not [...]

McCain and Obama talk space on Orlando TV

Central Florida News 13, a cable news channel serving Orlando and surrounding areas, took advantage of visits this week by presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama to speak at the VFW convention there to interview them, including asking them about space policy. (The McCain interview was even performed with a Mercury capsule replica in [...]