Is There An Assault on Science?

Is There An Assault on Science? Yesterday, I wrote a brief post introducing a new book by Shawn Otto entitled Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America.  For the past four years, Otto has co-led Sciencedebate.org, a grassroots organization that has tried to influence the 2008 and the 2012 presidential elections.  The […]

Launched: STS 135—To Infinity & Beyond

NASA’s STS-135 mission of the Space Shuttle lifted off its pad in Florida successfully, today, July 8, 2011. More than a million people were there to witness the liftoff. Here is a video I made of the launch and commentary.

Launched: STS 135—To Infinity & Beyond

NASA’s STS-135 mission of the Space Shuttle lifted off its pad in Florida successfully, today, July 8, 2011. More than a million people were there to witness the liftoff. Here is a video I made of the launch and commentary.

AAAS Vigorously Opposes Attacks on Climate Change Researchers

Yesterday, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) published an open letter on its website with the headline: AAAS Board: Attacks on Climate Researchers Inhibit Free Exchange of Scientific Ideas.  In the letter, the Board said: Scientists and policymakers may disagree over the scientific conclusions on climate change and other policy-relevant topics. But […]

Water on the Moon

NASA scientists, of  Project LCROSS, have reported that there is water in one of the moon’s craters, and that there is more water in this crater than there is in the Sahara Desert.  The water, in the form of ice crystals, makes up about 5 – 8% of the crater’s mixture.  According to NASA, 8 […]

NASA's Role in Inspiring Teachers and Youth

NASA, created by Congress and President Eisenhower on October 1, 1958, has played an important role in the hearts and minds teachers and their students. Although originally created as a national defense strategy, NASA’s space exploration missions have effectively inspired generations of people, not only in the U.S., but around the world. I wanted to […]

NASA’s Role in Inspiring Teachers and Youth

NASA, created by Congress and President Eisenhower on October 1, 1958, has played an important role in the hearts and minds teachers and their students. Although originally created as a national defense strategy, NASA’s space exploration missions have effectively inspired generations of people, not only in the U.S., but around the world. I wanted to […]

Images from NASA for Science Teaching

I received note from Jake Johnson, outreach coordinator, the Internet Archive Outreach, NASA images asking to mention a resource for teaching at the NASA Images website. I think you will find this site a powerful aid for teaching. Here are some examples:

Is there life out there?

NASA’s latest spacecraft, Kepler lifted off into a solar orbit but in a region close to earth.  It’s mission over the next 3 1/2 years is look for Earth-like planets by using a photometer that is very sensitive to variation in the light intensity emitted from stars.  According to Kepler project scientists on a NASA […]

Launched! Endeavor Blast Off!

I witnessed one Space Shuttle launch in 1982, and it was an unbelievable experience.  The sounds that you hear, and the vibrations you feel are amazing.  Here are a few pictures of the Endeavor launch, on November 14, 2008.                 After lift off roll procedures, followed by a […]

Set to Launch: Space Shuttle Endeavor—STS 126

STS 126, Space Shuttle Endeavor is set to launch tonight from Kennedy Space Center.  Seven astronauts will ride into space aboard the shuttle under a full moon. Here is a close up of Endeavor just prior to lift off!

Water on Mars & Science Education Timeline

NASA announced today that water was discovered on the planet Mars. NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander, through laboratory tests onboard the craft identified water in a soil sample retrieved by the lander’s robotic arm.  As NASA scientist’s pointed out, the presence of water increases the chance that there is or has been life on Mars.  Truly […]

Water on Mars & Science Education Timeline

NASA announced today that water was discovered on the planet Mars. NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander, through laboratory tests onboard the craft identified water in a soil sample retrieved by the lander’s robotic arm.  As NASA scientist’s pointed out, the presence of water increases the chance that there is or has been life on Mars.  Truly […]

Touchdown: Mars Lander Arrives Polar Region

I watched the last half-hour and the final seven minutes of terror as the Mars Lander (Phoenix) approached and continued on into the Martian atmosphere entering at about 12,000 miles/hour, and slowed to 5 miles/hour and made a perfect landing: touchdown. What was exciting about this half-hour was watching the activities in mission-control and listening […]

NASA's Phoenix Lander Set to Land on Mars

On Sunday, soon after the finish of the Indianapolis 500 race, the Phoenix Mars Lander will approach the planet Mars and attempt a powered landing. Live coverage will be shown on NASA television with the descent to Martian surface beginning around 4:46 P.M. Eastern time. Here are some sequences showing how the Phoenix will approach […]

NASA’s Phoenix Lander Set to Land on Mars

On Sunday, soon after the finish of the Indianapolis 500 race, the Phoenix Mars Lander will approach the planet Mars and attempt a powered landing. Live coverage will be shown on NASA television with the descent to Martian surface beginning around 4:46 P.M. Eastern time. Here are some sequences showing how the Phoenix will approach […]

Uncertainty and Global Warming: Using the Nature of Science to Deny and Cast Doubt on a Robust Scientific Theory

In their NYTimes article, Material Shows Weakening Of Climate Change Reports, Andrew C. Revkin and Matthew L. Wald reported on recently released House committee (Oversight and Government Reform) documents that indicated that a White House official edited goverment climate reports to play up uncertainty of the human role in global warming. The key word here […]

NASA's Earth-Sensing Satellites Getting Old

Satellites orbiting the earth have provided Earth Scientists will information that is used to study many parameters important to scientific investigation of Planet Earth. Paramters such as sea level, motions of the earth, glacial ice, and others are measured. In a report, Earth Science and Applications from Space: National Imperatives for the Next Decade and […]

NASA’s Earth-Sensing Satellites Getting Old

Satellites orbiting the earth have provided Earth Scientists will information that is used to study many parameters important to scientific investigation of Planet Earth. Paramters such as sea level, motions of the earth, glacial ice, and others are measured. In a report, Earth Science and Applications from Space: National Imperatives for the Next Decade and […]

Wernher von Braun and the American Rocket Program

In the previous post I focused on Sergey Pavlovich Korolyov, the Chief Designer and brilliant engineer of the Soviet rocket program. In this post I want to talk about Wernher von Braun and his contribution to the American rocket and space program. My thinking is influenced by Cadbury’s book, SpaceRace, as well as my own […]

Rest and Sleep for NASA: Participate in the Bed Rest Study

I read an interesting article in the New York Times online today entitled NASA Seeks Volunteers to Spend 3 Weeks in Bed (It’s Tougher Than You Think). Apparently, according one of the NASA scientists (Dr. Liz Warren)working on the project, its been difficult to find volunteers. The article intriqued me, so I went to NASA’s […]

Discovery Returns to Florida

Space Shuttle Discovery returned safely to Florida after a really important mission for NASA’s astronaut corp, and the Space Station. After three space walks, transferring thousands of pounds of supplies, and removing trash, the astronauts “installed new equipment outside of the station, tested technologies and techniques for repairing small areas of damage to the shuttle’s […]

July 4th Blast Off!

It wasn’t the shot heard ’round the world, but for NASA it was an important success in its plan to help finish the contruction of the Space Station. It will take about 15 flights of the Space Shuttle from now until 2010, so today’s flight was important in reaching that goal. The astronauts looked ready […]

The Space Shuttle: Connecting with Space

It looks like NASA will be proceed with the launch on July 4 of the Space Shuttle Discovery. It will be the first time that a launch of astronauts has taken place on Independence Day. Let’s hope that it proceeds as the astronauts hope. Imagine getting on that giant rocket twice and have it called […]

Science Literacy in Letters to the Editor

There has recently been a flurry of letters to editor in the Marietta Daily Journal (Georgia) that were promted by a editorial two weeks ago by a Rev. Price concerning intelligent design. There has also been another subset of letters prompted by a Jeffrey Selman who has for years challenged Cobb County officials (schools and […]

Political and Policy Implications of Science: A Cause for Rewriting Science?

Since late 2004, Dr. James Hanson, Director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, has been prevented from speaking out about the implications of years of research on Global Warming. Hanson, a 30-year veteran NASA scientist, “fell out of favor with the White House” after giving a speech complaining that climate scientists were being muzzled […]

International Space Station Advances; Impact on Research

NASA announced, after a meeting in Florida among all of the participating countries (United States, Russia, Europe, Japan and Canada), that a new plan for the completing the $100 billion International Space Station (ISS) was worked out. NASA indicated that it would take 16 flights of the space shuttle (Atlantis, Discovery and Endeavour) in order […]

Back to the Moon and Then Onto Mars

In the last post I reported that new goals for NASA, established by the current Administration, not only involve sending astronauts to Mars, but a return series of trips to the moon. Instead of Apollo, the astronauts will travel in an “apollo-like” spacecraft called CEV (Crew Exploration Vehicle). I think NASA administrators are involved in […]

NASA's Budget: Funding Big; Loss for Small Projects

Last year, President Bush established a goal for NASA that would put astronauts on Mars by 2020. This has naturally impacted (intended) NASA’s budget. Although the NASA budget will increase this year, many projects that are much smaller in scope than completing the International Space Station, creating a successor to the Orbitor, and working on […]

NASA’s Budget: Funding Big; Loss for Small Projects

Last year, President Bush established a goal for NASA that would put astronauts on Mars by 2020. This has naturally impacted (intended) NASA’s budget. Although the NASA budget will increase this year, many projects that are much smaller in scope than completing the International Space Station, creating a successor to the Orbitor, and working on […]