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Wait Wait Talks With NASA Administrator

7/23 Update – Added the topic of the Not My Job quiz.

The NPR radio program “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” taped in the Washington D.C. area tonight, and the episode will air on NPR stations this weekend.  148 more words

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Incoming Student Highlight: Chris Beauregard

Since graduating from The University of South Carolina in May of 2013, I’ve worked in business development in the Washington DC office of ThyssenKrupp, a German engineering firm focusing specifically on elevator technology. 67 more words


What Was Likely The Most Interesting PCAST Meeting In Years

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) met on May 20th in Washington, D.C. You can watch a webcast and/or review a… 140 more words


India's Commercial Space Conundrum

A version of this post appeared in the July 2016 Issue of Space Alert published by the Observer Research  Foundation.

A head on dispute of sorts has arisen between the commercial space industry in the United States and India with regards to the small-sat launch business. 1,031 more words

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Bootstrapping the human race on Mars - the first 100 missions overview

The amount of mass determines everything

Now that I’ve had a chance to figure out what the first missions are like and to think about the whole plan again I would like to lay out the overall mission plan for bootstrapping humanity to Mars. 3,467 more words

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Some Interesting pictures of Mars

Possible terraformed Mars next to Earth

Mons Olympus (Twice the altitude of Everest)

Forrester Crater Near Mons Olympus with Sunrise

Echus Chasma (large body of water likely) 91 more words

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Private Space Companies Had A Busy Week

Earlier today Blue Origin launched and landed one of its rockets for the fourth time.  That is, it has used the same hardware on four separate launches.  424 more words