Glenn on Kerry space policy

In Thursday’s edition of Florida Today John Glenn has a column about John Kerry’s recently released space policy. One of the most notable comments is at the very beginning of the column:

There have been false rumors circulated that if my good friend John Kerry is elected president, he will limit future space shuttle flights […]

Schweickart speaks

An Alamogordo (NM) Daily News article reports on a speech given Monday by former astronaut Rusty Schweickart in town (this appears to be a separate appearance from the New Mexico Tech talk he was also scheduled to give Monday.) It appears that Schweickart did not talk about space policy during his appearance (or else the […]

A Kerry space policy statement

The Kerry/Edwards campaign has posted a space policy statement on its campaign website. The content of the policy should not come as much of a surprise for those who attended and/or read the press accounts of the Garver-Sietzen debate. The statement calls the Vision for Space Exploration “a purely political stunt, without being backed up […]

Astronauts on the campaign trail

On Saturday Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin appeared at a Bush campaign rally at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida, just south of Cape Canaveral. The Florida Today article about the event includes one quote from Aldrin’s speech: “There is so much more to explore. We need a vision for the future.” According to an […]

More debate news

Since there’s a not a lot of space policy news of late, here’s a recap of a few articles written recently about the Garver-Sietzen debate and related topics.

Offering some straightforward reporting about the debate are articles in Aerospace Daily, News, and my own article for The Space Review. (I will note for the […]

Debate notes

I attended the debate between the representatives of the Bush and Kerry campaigns this morning on the aerospace platforms of the two candidates. There were no major revelations from the event, as you might expect, but a few interesting items, which I’ll try to summarize below (while finishing my lunch.)

Lori Garver, representing the Kerry […]

Debate reminder

The debate between representatives of the Bush and Kerry campaigns on aerospace issue is still scheduled for Thursday morning; as of late Tuesday space was still available to attend but reservations are required by 11 am Wednesday. Since my original post the debate participants have been announced: Frank Sietzen for the Bush campaign and Lori […]

Presidential debate on space

Well, not quite, but this is going to be as close as we get in this campaign: the Washington Space Business Roundtable and Women in Aerospace are jointly hosting a debate between unnamed representatives of the Bush and Kerry campaigns on “The Aerospace Platforms of the Presidential Candidates”. The event is scheduled for 7:30-9:30 am […]

Space and polling

Anyone who still doubts that space is a relatively unimportant topic in Presidential politics should read this Philadelphia Inquirer article that follows a Gallup pollster, Jeffrey Jones, as he works on the latest poll questionnaire:

Jones and his colleagues wrote many good questions, but research has shown that people won’t stay on the phone more […]

Bush and Kerry in Nature: Nothing new

This week’s issue of the journal Nature features a special report on the science policies of President Bush and Senator Kerry. One of the 15 questions asked of the two Presidential candidates was the following:

Do you think the United States should send astronauts to the Moon or Mars in the next 10 to 15 […]