7:36 AM, Sep 24, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Highlighting “the dismantling of the space program over the last four years,” Paul Ryan said in Orlando on Saturday, “Today, if we want to send [our] astronaut[s] to the space station, we have to pay the Russians to take them there. [The crowd booed at the thought.] China may someday be looking down on us from the moon. That’s unacceptable. Mitt Romney and I believe that America must lead in space.”
Ryan declared, “I think it’s important that we have a space program that has a clear mission…and a space program that is the unequivocal leader.” He added, “We don’t have that right now.” Ryan argued that the space program “strengthens the entrepreneurial spirit and commercial competitiveness,” that it “launches new industries and new technologies,” and that it is “an integral part of our national security.”
This is a smart pitch on the part of the Romney-Ryan campaign. As the recent death of the humble and heroic Neil Armstrong reminds us, the torch of American greatness must be passed on from generation to generation. As four years of President Obama has shown us, a president with sufficiently low horizons (redistributing wealth and socializing medicine) can spend unprecedented sums of money while simultaneously making America smaller. We need a president who can do the opposite.
9:29 AM, Apr 18, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Steve Hayes, with A.B. Stoddard and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:
9:22 AM, Mar 28, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), an official mouthpiece of the Iranian regime, reports that "Iran will send monkey into space in early 2012."
1:23 PM, Jan 27, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
During last night’s debate, Mitt Romney responded to Newt Gingrich’s proposal that America establish a lunar colony by the end of the decade by saying that if someone presented him with that proposal, “I’d say, ‘You’re fired.’” While one might think Romney justified in firing someone who pitched Gingrich’s specific proposal, Romney gave the distinct impression that he also might have fired John F. Kennedy back in 1962.
9:25 AM, Jul 22, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Forty-two years ago yesterday, Apollo 11’s Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin ascended from the surface of the moon and rendezvoused with Michael Collins in the command module Columbia for their trip home from mankind’s maiden voyage to the moon. All three men are now in their 80s, and no human being has been on the moon since each of them was 42 — and now even the space shuttle has had its last liftoff.
Mark Albrecht's White House memoir is educational—and entertaining.6:30 AM, Jul 2, 2011 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
The Economist magazine thinks the Space Age is probably over, and the discussion of our space future (or non-future) in its new issue is intelligent and informative. I've found over the years, though, that in many instances, the Economist's suave articulation of the not-so-cutting edge of conventional wisdom proves wrong. Mark Albrecht hopes that's so in this case, because he's a believer in space exploration, and his new book argues for U.S. leadership in that endeavor.
4:01 PM, May 26, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Writing in USA Today, Neil Armstrong, Gene Cernan, and Jim Lovell —the first and last men on the moon, and the commanders of Apollo 11, 17, and 13 — highlight another example of President Obama’s lack of faith in American exceptionalism. In a piece entitled, “Is Obama Grounding JFK’s Space Legacy?” the three astronauts (now 80, 77, and 83 years old) write:
A must-read article on Obama's space policy.12:54 PM, Jun 22, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
It's subscriber only, unfortunately, but that's no reason to miss Robert Zubrin's devastating analysis of the last several decades of space policy in Commentary. The piece is informative, imaginative, and extremely well written. Upon finishing it, I immediately looked up Zubrin's book, The Case for Mars.
And while you're at it, don't miss Charles Krauthammer's "On to Mars," from the January 31, 2000 issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
7:36 AM, Jan 19, 2010 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
Writing about lost technology last year, I noted how worrisome it was that today NASA would have trouble building even a Saturn V rocket, which was, once upon a time, the engine of the entire agency.
The planet dodges another disaster.3:13 PM, Jan 8, 2010 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
Remember the headline from a few days ago about the impending supernova from "nearby" recurring nova T Pyxidis? T Pyxidis is a star which goes boom every 20 years, but hasn't had an event since 1967. This week some astronomers suggested T Pyxidis is headed for supernova, one of the aftereffects of which would be the stripping away of the Earth's ozone layer, massively increased gamma radiation, the creation of millions of Incredible Hulk-like monsters, and the eventual destruction of life on earth .
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