A competition is breaking out between Florida’s Space Coast and Virginia’s Space Island… and it’s a good thing. As Wallops Island begins the process of looking into the environmental impact of launching humans into space, Florida is sending out notice that it will be watching closely. Commercial Crew launches that could potentially occur are years away and look at the reaction from Florida.
On Friday Russia announced that it was canceling the development of its new rocket. This is somewhat surprising as this will leave them with the venerable Soyuz Launch System (SLS). Not to be outdone, The United States is continuing on with its development of the Space Launch System (SLS). Confused yet? Nyet? Khorosho! Better brush up on your Russian comrades, if you want to be an American astronaut you need to speak Russian.
It seems as though NASA has a lot of problems. Clearly politics is one of them. There have been numerous attempts by democrats and republicans, both senators and congressmen, asking NASA for information. Often, the information is not received in a timely manner or not received at all. Could this possibly be a culture of political fear? In a time where we are all concerned about the fiscal future of our nation, Congressman Lamar Smith of Texas (a member of the Congressional Tea Party Caucus) has asked the NASA IG to investigate the political impact on senior career managers at NASA.
We can only hope that the future innovators, the future dreamers, the ones we mock today, will look at the accomplishments and life of Steve Jobs and say, "I can do better." Steve Jobs passed away last night. Most people took to twitter and facebook. Sure the cable networks covered it, but when you think of it, how many people found out on their iPhone via twitter?
This is the legacy of Steve Jobs
Steve pushed the limits of thought and technology. He dared to dream. He dared us to dream. He dreamed of 2011... in 1980. He knew where humanity was going and he lead us to where humanity is today. He knew how to get humanity there. Here. Now. Truly, every human in the civilized world is better off for Steve Jobs.
We at TEA Party in Space have been railing against JWST because not only is fiscally irresponsible, but it also kills science. We had the JWST question and answer people tell us we were wrong, that JWST did not kill science. We had scientists say we didn't know what we were talking about, even when their colleagues email us and tell us how jacked up "JW" really is. We know where the bodies are buried.
Wednesday - October 5th 2011 - 8PM EDT
We hope you will join us on October 5th, 2011 at 8PM EDT for the first TPIS national conference call. The conference call will be lead by Andrew Gasser, Everett Wilkinson, and Isaac Mooers. We will be discussing the following:
PRESS RELEASE: Tea Party praises Congressional Complaint to GAO Against NASA’s new $32 Billion Space Launch System
September 26, 2011 —– For Immediate Release
Contact: Andrew Gasser
TEA Party in Space President and National Coordinator, TEA Party in Space
(Roseville CA) — Tea Party in Space (TPIS), a non-partisan organization, today strongly endorsed U.S. Congressman Tom McClintock’s letter asking the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate NASA’s plans to issue $32 Billion in “no bid” contracts for the Space Launch System.
“Last year several Senators demanded a multi-billion earmark for a heavy lift rocket that NASA clearly can’t afford. Now NASA has capitulated, and has announced plans to heavily modify existing contracts for a failed rocket, to award billions without any competition,” said TPIS President Andrew Gasser. “The GAO should stop this anti-competitive plan before it goes any further.”