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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Dateline Feb 8, 2006, News from the Internet

  • Jeff Foust has links to everyone's reaction to the NASA budget proposal. (Thanks to Mark at Curmudgeons Corner as I am lazy this morning)

  • Incidentally, Mark has an article on Associated Content today about Missions to the Moon and beyond.

  • NASA has decided to delay SIM Planet Quest and the Terrestrial Planet Finder in order to put more money towards manned space exploration. SIM Planet Quest has been moved from 2011 to 2015 and TPF has been delayed indefinitely.

  • Louis Friedman, the director of the Planetary Society, in an interview with Technology Review, says the new NASA budget is to heavy on the Shuttle and to light on science and exploration. I am not sure I disagree with him.

  • NASA released six new centennial challenges. They are as follows:
    Fuel Depot Demonstration Challenge
    Human Lunar All-Terrain Vehicle Challenge
    Low-Cost Space Pressure Suit Challenge
    Lunar Night Power Source Challenge
    Micro Reentry Vehicle Challenge
    Station-Keeping Solar Sail Challenge
    You can find out more info at NASA Centennial Challenges

  • SpaceX has times for their launch on Feb 10, "If no flight critical anomalies are detected, launch will take place on Friday, February 10. The launch window on Friday is 1- 7 p.m. (California time). "

  • The National Space Society, along with the Space Exploration Alliance, has launched a One Percent for Space campaign. They are asking for NASA to receive 1% of the federal budget in the coming years. NASA currently receives about 0.7%

  • [update 12:05pm CST] The Space Frontier Foundation has put out the February edtion of the Newspace News. Enojy!

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