The Voyager Probes Boldly Go Where None Have Gone Before.

The Voyager probes launched in 1977 by NASA are about to reach the edge of the solar system and into interstellar space.

Time Lapse View of Earth Taken from the ISS.

Utterly amazing.

Time lapse sequences of photographs taken by Ron Garan and the crew of Expedition 28 & 29 onboard the International Space Station from August to October, 2011.

NASA Ringtones.

NASA has released a collection of sounds that you can use as ringtones for your cellphone. Everything from the sound of Sputnik to the sound of a space shuttle launch to the iconic “Houston, we’ve have a problem” from Apollo 11. (Although we are not sure what that would mean if you assigned “we’ve had a problem” to your spouse.)

Get some kick butt pictures from NASA for your cell’s wallpaper and your ordinary cell phone is now stylin’ and profilin’ like George Jetson.

An Open Letter to NASA’s Charles Bolden: Step Up Or Step Out

Dear Mr. Bolden,

There is always something sad in witnessing the fall of a man who has served his country so well. As a United States Naval Academy graduate, you entered the Marine Corps where you flew in the Viet Nam war, led men and women as their commander in the First Gulf War, and helped train men and women of the Navy and Marines as Deputy Commandant of Midshipmen at the Naval Academy. You were selected to NASA’s astronaut program where you flew on no less than four shuttle missions, serving both as a pilot and as a commander.

No one could or should disparage what you have done prior to being appointed NASA’s head by President Obama in 2009.

However, after assuming that position, you have been not only less than successful, you have been a failure.

Your most famous statement to this point had been when you told the world in July of 2010, that President Obama had asked you to reach out to the Muslim world.

The Price of a Lack of Vision

It was announced on March 14, 2011, that the Russians are raising the price of delivering US astronauts to the International Space Station from $56 million per astronaut to $63 million per astronaut starting in 2014.

The contract extension with the Russian Space Agency totals $753 million, which covers trips for a dozen astronauts from 2014 through 2016.

That’s three quarters of a billion dollars coming out of the US taxpayer pocket and into the pockets of the Russians.

(I didn’t realize that the stimulus package was for foreign countries.)

The fact that we have to pay the Russions to take astronauts to the ISS shows the lack of a vision for space exploration from the Obama administration. And the cost of that lack of vision is more than just dollars and cents.

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