This year’s smashing and spacey poster by Tina Kugler ( Copies available from Rahr-West Art Museum. Credit Tina Kugler

Check out a new article from me in the September issue of Air & Space Magazine:   When Sputnik Crashed in Wisconsin                   Go to:  

Hand over hand contact with asteroids - part of our future? Credit: NASA

Can we protect Earth from potentially hazardous impacts? What do we do if we find an asteroid that threatens Earth? How about harvesting asteroids for potential economic benefits? These kind of provocative questions deserve public participation…and now you can take part in the dialogue. Innovative project Thanks to an innovative project between NASA and a […]


In this informative video, Jill Stuart, a visiting research fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and Editor in Chief of Space Policy Journal, discusses some of the major political issues linked to government and commercially-based space programs. Among points discussed, Stuart elaborates on 1) why it is important for countries to […]

U.S. Air Force X-37B robotic space plane - pre-launch photo. Credit: Boeing/USAF

Around and around and around it goes – but what’s the mission? Here’s a new one from me on the X-37B Air Force space plane: US Air Force’s Secretive X-37B Space Plane Passes 600 Days in Orbit By Leonard David,’s Space Insider Columnist August 29, 2014 01:28pm ET  

NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). Credit: NASA/JPL

If you’re on the hunt for intelligent extraterrestrial life out there in the Cosmos, waste heat may be the signal of detection. A recent paper in The Astrophysical Journal is led by Jason Wright at Pennsylvania State University. Titled “The G Infrared Search For Extraterrestrial Civilizations With ˆ Large Energy Supplies. I. Background And Justification,” […]

Orbital debris is a space environmental problem. Credit: Lockheed Martin

The U.S. military currently tracks more than 17,000 objects in space on a continuous basis. Some 1,100 of that number are active satellites currently conducting operations. Air Force Maj. Gen. David D. Thompson, U.S. Strategic Command’s director of plans and policy at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, said the release of new high-quality positional information […]

Credit: NASA

A new one from me up on today: The Moon Smells: Apollo Astronauts Describe Lunar Aroma August 25, 2014 08:03am ET

Candidate landing sites on comet nucleus. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft will deploy onto Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko its Philae lander in November.The top five locations on the comet nucleus – about 4 kilometers across — for the touchdown of the 220-pound (100-kilograms) lander have been selected. Three sites (B, I and J) are located on the smaller of the two lobes […]

A longing look at one space elevator design. Credit: Obayashi Corporation of Tokyo, Japan.

SEATTLE, Washington – The 2014 Space Elevator Conference is underway, sponsored by International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC).An international gathering of scientists and engineers have convened here at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington. The meeting is being held August 22 – August 24th. The theme of this year’s conference is “Space Elevator Architectures and […]

Mast Camera (Mastcam) (MSSS-MALIN) images for Sol 726. Evaluation of a pale, flat Martian rock as the potential next drilling target for NASA

Word from JPL: The rock, called “Bonanza King,” moved slightly during the mini-drill activity on Wednesday, at an early stage of this test, when the percussion drill impacted the rock a few times to make an indentation. Instead of drilling that or any similar rock nearby, the team has decided that Curiosity will resume driving […]