Charlie Bolden’s NASA Policy Talk: First Coverage

Charlie Bolden’s NASA Policy Talk: First Coverage

NASA Director Charlie Bolden is a grandfather (he talks about his grand kids all the time), an astronaut, a communicator who brings laughter, and a person willing to admit with humility that he’s not the smartest person in the room, and to admit with pride that he likes working with all the smart -icists in the room. As he speaks, he is looking forward to a great year of new launches and new science. […]

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THE NASA Meeting

One of the either high points or low points (emotionally) of every LPSC is the NASA meeting. This year I have some sense that this will be a good experience for all. We have a new administration, we have new NASA HQ staff, and we know a new NASA director is on the way. Life just might be good for all. The night is starting with Steph Stockman (geosteph on twitter), the nes SMD Lead for Education and Public Outreach. It’s nice to see her up there looking like a geologist instead of the past person who was a bit hard to approach in her expensive suit, expensive hair, and very professional everything, down to make up and nails. Don’t get me wrong, the last person was friendly. She just made me feel like a slob every time I talked to her. Steph is...

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NASA’s Manned Space Program; Dieing slowly?

NASA’s Manned Space Program; Dieing slowly?

The other day I had one of our first year graduate students ask me what I know about NASA. “I know some people on some of the science missions,” I said, and I asked him why he was asking. Truth be told, he, like so many other bright, athletic minds, wants to be an astronaut. At 22, with a number of nice accomplishments under his belt, he just might have a chance. He’s young enough. By the time he ‘s ready NASA may have manned space flight again. As for the dreamers of my generation? We’re pretty much… Well you know what word goes there. According to NASA, the average age of someone accepted into the astronaut core is 34 (my age). It then typically takes a few months to a year to be selected for a mission (if you ever are...

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