Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Give Me a Break!!
Dems unhinged, accuse NASA of 'leaked photo' of Kerry in 'bunny suit'.
Blowin' in the Wind
Peter, Paul & Mary serenaded the Democratic Convention earlier this evening with their famous rendition of Bob Dylan's Blowin' in the Wind. The lyrics include these words:

Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?

Well, yes, too many people have died, because of the policies of the Democratic Party and the powerful interests that control it.
Prize Update
The Ansari X-Prize announcements were made today as expected, according to this SPACE.com article.

Rutan and his team have given its official 60-day notice, with the first X Prize attempt set for September 29 from the inland Mojave Spaceport in California. To win the $10 million, SpaceShipOne will need to make a second flight within two weeks, by October 13.

Hot on Rutan’s heels is Brian Feeney, leader of the Canadian da Vinci Project. Feeney also reported today that his team is rolling out on August 5 their completed X Prize vehicle -- the balloon-lofted Wild Fire rocket. The public unveiling will take place at the team’s Downsview Airport hanger in Toronto.

Monday, July 26, 2004

Ground Control to John Kerry?

NASA, link by Blogs for Bush

While the Democratic Convention would open later today in Boston, John Kerry visited the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. He addressed a number of issues, including the pushing of embryonic stem cell research, but did not propose a vision for the space frontier.

Kerry's record and statements on space are, on the whole, rather negative. On the other hand, President Bush will fight for the vision of our future in space.

BTW, check out Free Republic's 'caption contest' for the above photo.

Sunday, July 25, 2004

A Space Race with ... Canada?
The Ansari-X-Prize has announced a press event for this coming Tuesday featuring several announcements about the competition, according to Space.com.

According to the X Prize Foundation press statement today, “representatives from major teams including Burt Rutan from the American Scaled Composites team and Brian Feeney from the Canadian da Vinci Project team will be present”.

9/11 Commission
I haven't had time to read the report myself, but by most accounts, the Commission report provided a sobering warning on our vulnerability to future attacks and serious recommendations to the country, while avoiding a partisan slant in either direction.

Monday, July 19, 2004

Two Anniversaries
Tuesday July 20, marks the 35th anniversary of when humans first made landfall on another world.

The day when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed the Eagle on the lunar surface and then Armstrong took that famous "Giant Leap" was one of the great moments in history. Here is the Apollo 11 page of the National Air and Space Museum, plus some interesting commentary by Rand Simberg and Mark Whittington. This anniversary comes with a renewed Vision for Space Exploration.
The other anniversary is not quite so momentous for humanity. Last year on the 34th Apollo 11 anniversary, I launched this humble blog. While a busy life and slow typing fingers keep me from covering every event or topic I'd like, this past year has been quite a ride.
September brought, among other things, Hurricane Isabel. October include the first Chinese astronaut and the critical point in the ongoing grassroots fight for the life of Terri-Schindler-Schiavo, (perhaps the Internet's finest hour). January was a particularly busy month, with probes exploring Mars & a comet while President George W. Bush heralded a new initiative for exploring space. Meanwhile, also check the January archive for my essay on Why we March for Life each year.
It's getting late and my memory is blurring on more recent events I've covered, but look forward for another exciting year of Faith, Life, Liberty & the Final Frontier.

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Keeping Busy
Participated Monday in the first day of the Moon-Mars Blitz on Capitol Hill. (A number of additional organizations joined the Space Exploration Alliance after this press release was published.)

Later this week, I'm off to Vegas for Return to the Moon V.
Marriage Debate
For background info on this week's Senate debate on the Federal Marriage Amendment, see MarriageDebate.com.

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

John Kerry's Illogic on Abortion
Everyone's probably heard by now that John Kerry has picked John Edwards as his running mate. But we shouldn't overlook Mr. Kerry's latest contortion over the status of the unborn.

John Kerry stated "I believe life does begin at conception." But then he drags out that old fallacy that protecting those unborn lives would be imposing Catholic beliefs on people who subscribe to other religions. In reality, this is not some issue of abstract theological doctrine. The Catholic Church and its faithful followers (along with many Protestants, Jews, Muslims, atheists, etc.) are simply recognizing an objective natural reality.

The real question is, is our society inclusive enough to protect every human life at any stage or in any condition?

Thursday, July 01, 2004

Cassini Snaps the Rings

After safely entering orbit around Saturn, the Cassini spacecraft sent back it's first images of the planet's rings.
Convening for Life
I've already attended the first day of this year's National Right to Life Convention here in the DC area, which included a video greeting from President Bush.