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Rand Simberg is a recovering aerospace engineer and a consultant in space commercialization, space tourism and Internet security. He offers occasionally biting commentary about infinity and beyond at his weblog, Transterrestrial Musings.
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The Spaceship That Almost Landed

Monday, January 12th, 2015 - by Rand Simberg

Focusing on what went wrong with the landing of SpaceX is to ignore the many other things that went astonishingly right.

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The Latest Conservative Commentary Misfire on Space Policy

Sunday, January 4th, 2015 - by Rand Simberg

An article in The American Spectator shows that some conservatives are unserious about space policy.

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The Nutritional Junk Science of Our Government Nannies

Thursday, December 25th, 2014 - by Rand Simberg

Nutritional standards used by Michelle Obama's school lunch program are worse than useless.

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Commercial Spaceflight’s Terrible, Horrible, No-Good Very-Bad Last Week of October

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 - by Rand Simberg

The accidents in Virginia and the Mojave Desert will not stop the commercial space industry.

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Earth II?

Monday, April 21st, 2014 - by Rand Simberg

A broken space telescope continues to expand our view of the universe.

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We Are All Scientists

Friday, April 11th, 2014 - by Rand Simberg

What entry-level qualifications are required before you can perform science?

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Moscow Expresses ‘Concern’ About Treatment of Ethnic Russians in Brighton Beach

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 - by Rand Simberg

Will the Russkies annex Little Odessa?

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Time to End Our Dependence on Russian Spaceships

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 - by Rand Simberg

The crisis in the Ukraine shows the insanity of relying on Russia to get us to the ISS.

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The Dinosaurs of the Launch Industry

Sunday, December 8th, 2013 - by Rand Simberg

They were just hit by an asteroid, whether they realize it or not.

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The Uninspirational End of Inspiration Mars

Monday, November 25th, 2013 - by Rand Simberg

Another attempt to escape low earth orbit reined in by an unneeded rocket.

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Super Sunday for Commercial Spaceflight

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 - by Rand Simberg

A trifecta of breakthroughs in commercial space vehicle launches.

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The White Elephant in NASA’s Living Room

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 - by Rand Simberg

The Senate Launch System is a rocket to nowhere.

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Hyperloop, Tesla, SpaceX, and the Usual Elon Musk-Bashing Nonsense

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 - by Rand Simberg

Resurrecting criticisms of the entrepreneur that have already been debunked.

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The Asymmetric Outrage of Big Government Scandals

Friday, June 7th, 2013 - by Rand Simberg

Spare us the talk of bipartisan disgust with the IRS.

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The Bioethics of Mars One

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 - by Rand Simberg

It would be irresponsible to even attempt conception on Mars.

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A Culture of Intimidation

Friday, May 17th, 2013 - by Rand Simberg

If Barack Obama didn’t directly order the harassment of his political enemies, he certainly encouraged it.

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That Nineties Show

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 - by Rand Simberg

It’s a bad rerun of a show that was awful the first time, and yet ran far too long.

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Are Homosexuals Born, or Made?

Friday, May 3rd, 2013 - by Rand Simberg

Jason Collins’ coming-out party raises interesting scientific questions.

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Another ‘Successful Failure’ for SpaceX

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 - by Rand Simberg

The vessel's excellent team overcame a mid-flight glitch and completed the mission.

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Where No Man (or Woman) Has Gone Before

Thursday, February 28th, 2013 - by Rand Simberg

Dennis Tito's plan to go to Mars by 2018 has skeptics scoffing and space buffs cheering.

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Chuck Hagel vs. ‘Advise and Consent’: Know Your Constitutional Duty, Senators

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 - by Rand Simberg

The clause has nothing to do with party. It is a necessary check on Executive Branch power.

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A Manned Mission to Mars This Decade?

Sunday, February 24th, 2013 - by Rand Simberg

A private venture to the Red Planet may be possible.

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Chelyabinsk: What, Exactly, Just Happened? (Updated)

Friday, February 15th, 2013 - by Rand Simberg

The jury should still be out on whether this was related to the other asteroid. More: Did Another Space Rock Crash in Cuba?

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Ten Years After Columbia

Friday, February 1st, 2013 - by Rand Simberg

A moment by moment review of how the Columbia space shuttle fell apart high above the western United States.

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Another Private Company Announces Plans to Mine Asteroids

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 - by Rand Simberg

Deep Space Industries goes beyond mining to include space-based manufacturing.

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