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Posted on Mar 14, 2013 12:37:27 PM PDT

I am a proponent of anyone or group that uses their brains.

Posted on Mar 14, 2013 11:58:36 AM PDT
Thanks, Bob. Didn't know you were a shill for NASA too.


Posted on Mar 13, 2013 8:08:42 PM PDT
Really, Marilyn? You can't think of one reason to give students an interesting problem? Really? And you who have complained numerous times how we don't teach students enough about critical thinking?

To those of you who don't know Marilyn. She rarely reads the articles she posts, and usually misinterprets them to match her own theories.

1) One of NASA's missions is education and outreach. Here is a place if you want to read more about what they do->

2) The article itself states the reason for the challenge--> "... aims to get kids excited about science, technology, engineering and math."

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2013 5:54:43 PM PDT
Ronald Craig says:
The key word there being "claims".

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 3:27:56 PM PDT

"Rep. Frank Wolf made public today the identify of a Chinese national employed by a NASA contractor in a position that gave the man "extensive access" to the Langley Research Center."

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2013 11:49:22 AM PDT
Ronald Craig says:
"one wonders what's going to happen to all these new ideas"

Well, I'm sure you'll grossly misunderstand a couple and use them as the basis for some more outlandish "speculation". LOL

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 9:44:27 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 13, 2013 9:45:21 AM PDT

Throwing out the problem of cosmic-radiation to hopefully get some new ideas for protection, is laudable. But with NASA gutted and only doing "basic science" with probes and satellites - and no serious manned flights on the horizon - one wonders what's going to happen to all these new ideas.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 27, 2013 4:53:11 PM PST
Ronald Craig says:
Wow. Possibly one of your most meaningful one-liner "summaries" evah!

(Did you not have time to read it?)

By the way, how does this fit into your basic thread-thesis that NASA is on its last legs? LOL

Posted on Feb 27, 2013 11:20:23 AM PST


In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2012 10:12:39 PM PST
Ronald Craig says:
I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you.

Then again... on second thought, knock yourself out.

Posted on Dec 30, 2012 8:13:14 AM PST


Posted on Dec 15, 2012 10:42:31 AM PST
NASA has a good sense of humor. Check out this music video (unless you're tired of this song already)->

The students who made this to promote NASA did a great job. Lots of NASA folks in it, including, of course, Mike Massimino who seems to be in every NASA related video.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 7:11:46 AM PST
You are welcome, Walter.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012 7:42:04 PM PST
TO: CivWar64 (Bob)

RE: Disney World Mission in Space

Thanks. If I ever get to Disney World, I'll definitely check it out!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012 7:40:20 PM PST
TO: Marilyn Martin

RE: adult Space Camp

Yeah, the adult Space Camp would be worth the $600.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 7:14:46 AM PST
Hi Walter!

Looks like Space Camp has added "Rocket Workshops"

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 8:43:02 PM PST

I thought about space camp a few years ago when my son was a teen, but we went to Disney World instead. The "Mission: Space" ride there was a good consolation. Definitely do it if you ever go there->

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 7:06:30 PM PST
TO: CivWar64 (Bob)

RE: adult version of Space Camp

Thank you very much!

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 5:33:03 PM PST

There a family version of space camp where adults can go with their children (ages 7-17). Not sure if grandparents count ;-) ->

And there's and adult version for all ages (18-99)->

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 2:59:10 PM PST
TO: Marilyn Martin

RE: "Lots of kids go to Space Camp every summer, hoping fervently to be astronauts one day and REALLY go explore in space."

I wish that something like Space Camp had existed when I was, say, 12. If it had, I certainly would have been one of those kids of whom you're speaking.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 1:16:44 PM PST

I do give them a bit of slack on budget blowing in projects because they are doing some things that haven't been tried before, which is notoriously difficult to budget for. Plus, I know I've read of projects that get funded, only to have budgets reduced mid-year which means people taken off the project. Then when the funding comes back, they have to spend even more to get the project going again (ex. retraining new people) which means going over budget.

I think we also only see in the media the big ones that go over budget, and they don't report the many that go through successfully.

Don't forget also that sometimes Congress doesn't approve the NASA budget until well into the year, so how do you successfully budget when you don't know it?

All of NASA's budget plans are in the public domain, and you can find them here->

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 10:21:40 AM PST
Tom Rogers says:
People like to blame politicians for all of NASA's woes, but their project management culture has adapted to failure in a very unhealthy way--it's possible for project managers or engineers to have 'successful' careers having worked on nothing but projects that blew their budgets, their deadlines and specifications (or were just plain defective) just because people would believe them when they said it wasn't their fault.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 9:19:27 AM PST
Alex D-G:

Thanks for the thoughtful response. And the argument that we should be spending money on Earth than in space exploration has been around a long time.

The truth is that we've learned a lot in space, even orbital, and many of those "discoveries" end up as beneficial items in general society. There's also that benchmark of intelligence: a desire to explore and learn.

And how does the U.S. school system think they are going to get more kids interested in space technology, when all we're sending up is satellites and shuttle-runs to the ISS? Lots of kids go to Space Camp every summer, hoping fervently to be astronauts one day and REALLY go explore in space.

At this point, the question should be: Who doesn't want manned flights into space, and is working against that reality? (Everyone sniffing at anti-gravity/levitation/gravity-cancelling technology as "it'll never happen" is a good place to start!)

Posted on Dec 10, 2012 8:40:48 PM PST

That's why they call it 'rocket science'. Just think that they did a lot of this with slide rules back during Apollo!
(I still have my slide rule I used in my college physics and engineering courses in the early 70s)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2012 6:25:36 PM PST
TO: CivWar64 (Bob)

Thanks again!
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