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Friday, June 19, 2009

On To the Moon! 


Photo credit: United Launch Alliance/Pat Corkery

The LRO/LCROSS launch to the Moon took place late Thursday at Cape Canaveral, Florida. This is the first US lunar mission in over a decade and joins a parade of missions by Europe Japan, China and India in recent years as interest in the Moon is on the rise world wide.

Meanwhile the Augustine Committee studying the future of the US human spaceflight program held its first public meeting (which I attended) in Washington, DC on Wednesday. Clark Lindsey summarizes and provides numerous links. The presentations are provided at the committee's documentation web page.

I'll summarize my own overall impression that the committee appears to be curious and open minded while dealing with a tidal wave of reading material accompanying the public presentations and other inputs. They are considering the options for the White House, Congress and NASA to execute a robust and sustainable human spaceflight program.

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