Elon & James

I know I'm supposed to weigh in on the Elon Musk/Twitter deal today. People who care about this fall into two camps: 1) Elon's just looking for a better price. 2) Elon never intended to make the purchase. Now it's going to court. As entertaining as the Elon story may be, my attention today is on James, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), as some of the most important astronomical images ever taken will be released at 5 p.m. ET today. Continue Reading →
On December 25, 2021, NASA successfully launched the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the most powerful space telescope ever created, which promises to completely transform the way we study the cosmos. Looking up at the stars last night, I couldn't help but think about what we might learn from JWST's ability to look back toward the beginning of time. Continue Reading →
In what can only be described as the thrill of a lifetime, Jeff Bezos, his brother, (18-year-old) Oliver Daemen, and (82-year-old) Wally Funk went ballistic this morning sitting atop New Shepard: a small, suborbital rocket built by Bezos's Blue Origin company. The 11-minute trip took the space tourists over the Karmen line and included spectacular views of both the curvature of the earth and the blackness of space. Continue Reading →

A Safer Space Race

On July 11, 2021, billionaire Richard Branson ushered in the era of private space travel by flying to the edge of space in a "space plane" designed and built by his company. Continue Reading →
A majority of Americans (65%) said they believe alien life exists, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. What do Americans overwhelmingly agree on? When asked to think about U.S. national security, most Americans (87%) say that UFOs are "not a threat." Continue Reading →

Battle for Mars

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There are more than 60 individuals who could write a check for their own space programs and the race to Mars is on! Shelly Palmer talks with Sukanya Krishnan and Jennifer Lahmers on Fox 5 New York. Original Airdate: July 23, 2019 Continue Reading →
Planet Bezos
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong took “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” becoming the first human being to walk on the moon. At the time, there were only two entities with the resources to accomplish a mission of this scale: America and its cold war rival, the Soviet Union. Today, there are more than 60 individuals who could write a check for their own space programs and the race is on! Continue Reading →

An Open Letter to Elon Musk

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From liftoff to the synchronous booster landing, the “rocket” part of the Space X Falcon Heavy mission demonstrated that space is now available to people (as opposed to countries). Thank you. I have been waiting for this moment since I was a kid. Continue Reading →