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Bill Walker

By Keith Cowing William “Bill” H. Walker, 86 “Bill left ARAMCO to join Wernher Von Braun’s team of scientists and engineers in NASA in Huntsville, Ala. The team was then working on the design of the Saturn V rocket. While with NASA, Bill continued his education at the University of Alabama, eventually earning Read Full…

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Going In Circles On The Road to Mars

By Keith Cowing NASA Mars Czar Defends Plan To Follow Mars 2020 Rover with Orbiter, Space News “Watzin made his case for the orbiter to the NASA Advisory Council’s (NAC) planetary science subcommittee at NASA Headquarters here. Some NAC members wondered why, in Watzin’s words, an orbiter is the “next logical step” in Read Full…

Will NASA Ever Send Humans to Mars?

By Keith Cowing Kicking The Can Down the Road to Mars, SpaceRef “I just listened to 45 minutes of NASA presentations at the NASA Advisory Committee’s Human Exploration and Operations Committee Meeting. The topic: radiation risks during a human mission to Mars. I have seen this movie before. I was not exactly sure Read Full…

Blue Origin Completes Acceptance Testing of BE-3 Engine

By Keith Cowing Blue Origin Completes Acceptance Testing of BE-3 Engine for New Shephard Suborbital Flight “Blue Origin recently completed acceptance testing of its BE-3 rocket engine, the first new hydrogen engine to be developed in the United States in more than a decade. “The BE-3 has now been fired for more than Read Full…

NAC Human Exploration and Operations Committee Meeting

By Keith Cowing NASA Advisory Council Human Exploration and Operations Committee Meeting (with remote dial in info) “Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Local Time. The agenda for the meeting includes the following topics: Joint Session with Science Committee of Read Full…

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How NASA Quietly Releases Alternate Mars Mission Concepts

By Keith Cowing Our Wednesday, April 8, Future In-Space Operations (FISO) telecon colloquium will host Cesar Ocampo (Odyssey Space Research/NASA JSC) and Damon Landau (NASA JPL), who will speak on “A Crewed Mars Exploration Architecture Using Fly-by and Return Trajectories.” Keith’s note: I have sent an inquiry to Harley Thronson who Read Full Article Here…

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NASA Is Still Very Interested in the Moon Even If Obama Is Not

By Keith Cowing Quietly, NASA is reconsidering the moon as a destination, Houston Chronicle “Despite a declaration from President Barack Obama that the moon is not a planned destination for American astronauts, senior NASA engineers have quietly begun reconsidering it as a staging point for an eventual mission to Mars. William Gerstenmaier, the Read Full…

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More Rogue PR From The New Horizons Mission Team (Update)

By Keith Cowing Public Asked to Help Name Features on Pluto, SETI Institute Keith’s 3 April update: NASA has yet to mention this public engagement project on its own New Horizons website. Nor has JHUAPL. Gee, and there’s only 4 days left. Next time perhaps SETI Institute and SwRI will actually get Read Full Article…

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