Thanks to all comments. It isn't life or death, just my truck threw a rod so I had to miss a week of fire unit testing, I had to buy a new car (I highly recommend the Suzuki Reno, btw), my daughter is sick, and my builder moved our closing up to Monday without telling us, so I am running around trying to get everything ready. But it is somewhat settled down, now. Back to the news...
- According to Nikolai Sevastyanov, head of the Energia space corporation, Russia is planning to mine Helium-3 from the Moon by 2020. Helium-3 is a proposed fusion fuel that is clean burning and prevalent on the Lunar surface.
- And in a highly hyped press release Wednesday, astronomers found an extrasolar planet that is only 5.5 times the size of Earth and most likely rocky. It is also 2.5 AU around it's star. Previous rocky planets have all be both larger and very close to their star.
- New Mexico is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement for their proposed spaceport.
- The CLV will use JS-2's rather than SSMEs. I think that is good, not being a rocket weenie.
- David Kerr, a congressional aid, writes NASA should use private enterprise, like SpaceShipOne, and where it may take us. (from SpacePolitics.com
- Russia announced the Russian shuttle, Kliper, will be ready in 2012.