Pioneering SpaceShipOne on display at the Smithsonian

A new story from me up today on     NASA Probe Bound for Pluto Carries Piece of Pioneering SpaceShipOne by Leonard David,’s Space Insider Columnist February 27, 2015 07:00am ET   Go to:  

Frank Drake with cosmic equation to gauge the presence of intelligent life in the cosmos. The Drake Equation identifies specific factors believed to play a role in the development of civilizations in our galaxy. Credit: SETI Institute

    Here’s a new story of mine up on today: The Father of SETI: Q&A with Astronomer Frank Drake by Leonard David,’s Space Insider Columnist February 26, 2015 01:50pm ET   Go to:

This self-portrait of NASA

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has drilled into a rock target called “Telegraph Peak.” The hole has a diameter slightly smaller than a U.S. dime. This new hole is the third drilling site in outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp – an outcrop the mission has been investigating for five months. By inspecting layers of […]

Credit: Ted Cruz Twitter

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, convened a hearing on Tuesday, February 24, 2015. The hearing was entitled “U.S. Human Exploration Goals and Commercial Space Competitiveness.” Former NASA astronauts included Walt Cunningham, Buzz Aldrin, Mike Massimino, and leaders in the commercial space industry testified. The hearing was called […]

Space entrepreneur, Robert Bigelow (left) explains company

A new story from me up on Moon Space Law: Legal Debate Swirls Around Private Lunar Ventures by Leonard David,’s Space Insider Columnist February 24, 2015 02:00pm ET Go to:

Credit: American Meteor Society

Incredible view here last night in Colorado of a giant fireball that moved slowly taking at least five seconds before it went behind the Continental Divide while still visible at 10:54 PM on Monday, February 23, 2015. Among the observers of this spectacular skyshow, the event was witnessed by Leonard David and Barbara David from their vantage […]

Credit: NASA

“Houston, we’ve had a problem.” That’s among the hundred-plus NASA audio files from historic spaceflights, current missions and even sounds of the future…sounds that you can easily download to your phone. You can hear the roar of a space shuttle launch, snippets of President Kennedy’s declaration to reach for the Moon, or Neil Armstrong’s “One […]

New Mexico

A lawmaker in the Land of Enchantment is disenchanted with the state’s Spaceport America. For one, the complex would be home for the commercial operations of Virgin Galactic’s suborbital space tourism business. A Senate bill to sell New Mexico’s Spaceport America facility moved on to the Senate Finance (SFC) with a bipartisan no-recommendation last Thursday. After […]


The European Space Agency’s (ESA) fifth and final Automated Transfer Vehicle — Georges Lemaître — was purposely dumped over the South Pacific on February 15. The large cargo ferry craft was outfitted with an internal camera in the hopes of imaging from inside the reentry process. While the ATV-mounted Break-Up Camera did produce images (nearly […]


Here’s a sub story from me that finally surfaced on NASA Space Submarine Could Explore Titan’s Methane Seas               by Leonard David,’s Space Insider Columnist February 18, 2015 12:04 pm ET