I am off to California tomorrow to participate in the New Space 2009 conference at NASA Ames. This conference will focus on how to further enable enable human expansion into and development of space while celebrating the 40th anniversary of when humans first made landfall on another world.
Look for attention to this historic anniversary on TV, in newspapers and on the Internet. The JFK Library is providing a very informative site featuring a minute-by-minute replay of the mission.
Tomorrow is the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Here is a (10 min) video of the final minutes of the countdown and the first few minutes of flight.
While we observe this anniversary, space endeavors continue with this evening's STS-127 launch to the International Space Station and the SpaceX Falcon 1 launch success earlier this week.
While in California, I'll also be visiting friends and places for a few days.