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Apollo 13 and DNC-MSM-Hollywood 1995

Monday, June 15th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Terry Teachout watches Ron Howard’s 1995 Apollo 13 film and ponders how much has changed in America since the epoch-defining NASA moon landings depicted in the movie. As he writes, “In the opening scene, we see a roomful of astronauts and their families celebrating in Houston as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin land on the […]

Quick Reminder: Nobody at ABC Personally Takes Their Global Warming Doomsday Predictions Seriously, Either

Friday, June 12th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“FLASHBACK: ABC’s ’08 Prediction: NYC Under Water from Climate Change By June 2015,” via Scott Whitlock of NewsBusters, who writes: New York City underwater? Gas over $9 a gallon? A carton of milk costs almost $13? Welcome to June 12, 2015. Or at least that was the wildly-inaccurate version of 2015 predicted by ABC News […]

The Undersea World of Wernher Von Braun

Friday, March 13th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“Y2Kyoto: Great Moments In Rocket Surgery,” as spotted by Kate of Small Dead Animals: “In your judgment, what is the core mission of NASA?” Cruz asked. “Our core mission from the very beginning has been to investigate, explore space and the Earth environment, and to help us make this place a better place,” Bolden said. […]

Distaff Neo-Victorian Luddites Reach for Fainting Couches

Saturday, November 15th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

“So how are things going for feminism?”, Glenn Reynolds of asks in his USA Today column, noting that it’s “1 small shirt for a man, 1 giant leap backward for women:” So how are things going for feminism? Well, last week they took one of the great achievements of human history — landing a […]

The Wrong Stuff

Friday, November 14th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

Mankind lands rocket onto a comet, in a brilliant statement of revolutionary 21st century technology. Badass scientist who helped make it possible forced to publicly grovel because of his choice of shirts: One of the scientists responsible for successfully landing the Rossetta probe on a comet millions of miles away on Friday responded to outrage […]

As Always, Life Imitates XKCD

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

I feel badly for the fellow who wrote this: Please retweet this if you know who Buzz Aldrin is. I’m trying to prove a point to a coworker that no one knows who Buzz Aldrin is — John Ernstes (@RealJohnErnstes) October 22, 2014 But seeing it, I can’t help flashing back to this eight year […]

The Hobbling Effects of Giant Leaps

Friday, October 31st, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

“On Oct. 4, the world marked the anniversaries of two very different space milestones. In 1957, the Soviet Union launched the first artificial satellite, Sputnik. And in 2004, SpaceShipOne won the $10 million Ansari X Prize by becoming the first privately-built vehicle to fly to space twice within two weeks,” Douglas Messier writes at Parabolic […]

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Crashes in Mojave During Test Flight

Friday, October 31st, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

Picture showing apparent crash of Virgin Galactic #spaceshuttle via @foxnews TV — Jonathon M. Seidl (@jonseidl) October 31, 2014   Early reports are that one pilot died and the other sustained major injuries, in this breaking story. “Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashed after it had an “in-flight anomaly” during testing Friday, according to a Mojave Air […]

Video: Unmanned NASA Rocket Explodes Spectacularly Upon Launch

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

Insert midterm-themed metaphor of your choice here. Update: Huh — I’m old enough to remember a NASA that not only bested the Russians, it didn’t rely on their technology. But as investment information entrepreneur Eric Scott Hunsader tweets, “Elon Musk nailed it about Antares rocket 2 years ago in Wired.” Musk told Wired, “One of […]

The Space Pen is Mightier than the Bollocksed Anecdote

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

Another Neil deGrasse Tyson bollocksed up science anecdote, as emailed to me by PJM’s own David Steinberg: “During the heat of the space race in the 1960s, the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration decided it needed a ballpoint pen to write in the zero gravity confines of its space capsules. After considerable research and development, […]

Has Man Reached His Intellectual Peak?

Friday, August 22nd, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

Well considering it’s Friday afternoon, for this week, probably. But as the London Daily Mail recently asked, “Are we becoming more STUPID? IQ scores are decreasing — and some experts argue it’s because humans have reached their intellectual peak:” Evidence suggests that the IQs of people in the UK, Denmark and Australia have declined in […]

Space: 1966

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

Remember When Republican President FDR Commemorated the 1963 Moon Landing by Declaring ‘Peace In Our Time?’

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

Well, you remember man landing on the moon in 1963 at least, don’t you? Obama’s ghost-tweeter apparently does. As Moe Lane writes, “If Barack Obama wants to do something about wage inequality, he should start with… the White House itself.” And then regarding when we actually landed on the moon, “Here, let me show the President how […]

Interview: Rand Simberg Explains Why Safe Is Not An Option

Thursday, June 5th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

Rand Simberg, frequent contributor to PJ and a former project manager at Rockwell International Corporation, stops by today to discuss his recent book, Safe Is Not An Option: Overcoming The Futile Obsession With Getting Everyone Back Alive That Is Killing Our Expansion Into Space. As Rand explains, the culture of NASA is much more […]

Mars Needs Muslims!

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

But they won’t be getting them anytime soon, as “Muslims ‘warned in Fatwa not to live on Mars.’” decries a London Telegraph headline that’s catnip to the Drudge Report: Muslims have been warned in a Fatwa not to go and live on Mars because it would pose “a real risk to life”, according to a […]

Pro Tip: Fahrenheit 451 Was Not Meant to be a Documentary

Friday, January 10th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

“Two-thirds of an ‘historic” collection of 80,000 books, purposely destroyed by fire,” as spotted by Steve Green: “The library owner, Father Ebrahim Surouj, met with Islamic leaders in Tripoli. It became clear the priest had nothing to do with the pamphlet [insulting Islam], and a demonstration that had been planned in protest over the incident […]

Astronaut Howard Wolowitz, Reporting for Booty

Friday, January 3rd, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

Muggeridge’s Law, which posits that there is no way for any satirist to improve upon real life for its pure absurdity, strikes again: Penny: I just thought I’d stop by and say hello. Leonard: Oh, what a nice surprise. I don’t think you’ve ever seen my lab before. Penny: No, I know. It’s long overdue. […]

NASA: The Now-Ancient Spacesuit Agency

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

“35-Year-Old Spacesuits Blamed for Spacewalk Problems,” ABC reports: NASA’s Mission Control has revealed the problem that prompted the early end of the latest spacewalk: Water in one of the astronaut’s 35-year-old spacesuits. Expedition 38 Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio and fellow astronaut Michael Hopkins ran into trouble while they were conducting an urgent repair outside the […]

The Wrong Stuff

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

When the tech geeks raised concerns about their ability to deliver the website on time, they are reported to have been told “Failure is not an option.” Unfortunately, this is what happens when you say “failure is not an option”: You don’t develop backup plans, which means that your failure may turn into a disaster. […]

The Early Space Race as Interstellar ‘Single Combat’

Sunday, July 21st, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

In April of 1961, JFK summoned two key NASA executives to the White House. They were James Webb, the administrator of NASA, and Hugh Dryden, his deputy. President Kennedy was not happy after all of the Soviets’ early victories in the space race. In fact, as Tom Wolfe wrote in the New York Times in […]