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Bezos Wants A Moon Landing Contract So Badly He’s Suing NASA To Get One

Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin sued NASA on Monday after it awarded a lunar landing contract to Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Blue Origin filed a complaint Monday in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims following NASA’s April decision to award SpaceX the $2.9 billion contract to construct a lunar lander known as a Human Landing System…

Pinkerton: What the Tech Tycoon Space Race Means for the Rest of Us

So Richard Branson beat Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk to be the first billionaire to go to space.  Much of the worldwide coverage of Branson’s space jaunt was bubbly enthusiasm. For instance, the Asia-based Wionews headlined, “Richard Branson realises his lifelong dream with Virgin Galactic spaceflight.”  Indeed, critics tweet-pounced on coverage deemed fawning: “Almost everything that…

FACT CHECK: Does This Image Show A Secret Space Program?

An image shared on Facebook claims to show a “secret space program” meant to be Earth’s “first defense against a fake alien invasion.” Verdict: False The image comes from a Star Wars book and does not show a secret space program. Fact Check: The Facebook post includes a picture that shows what looks like spaceships docked…

China Claims Mars Landing After Out-of-Control Rocket Fiasco

The Chinese Communist Party claimed a Chinese rover has landed on Mars, making China the second nation, behind the United States, to accomplish a landing on the planet. “The rover, named Zhurong after the Chinese god of fire, is part of China’s Tianwen-1 mission, which launched in July 2020,” NBC News reported Friday. Not many details…

China: American Panic over Out-of-Control Rocket Was ‘Fussiness’

Chinese state media on Sunday accused the United States of “fussiness,” “hypocrisy,” and “smears” because U.S. officials worried about the potential damage from the rocket China left tumbling out of control in Earth’s orbit last week.  Debris from the rocket appears to have landed near the Maldives without causing any damage, an outcome Chinese propagandists…

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson Condemns China’s Lack of Responsibility and Transparency in Space

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Administrator Bill Nelson released a statement Saturday encouraging China to act “responsibly and transparently” in space to ensure the “long-term sustainability of outer space activities.” “Spacefaring nations must minimize the risks to people and property on Earth of re-entries of space objects and maximize transparency regarding those operations,” Nelson…

Twelve-Year-Old to Attend College, Plans to Work at NASA: ‘Dream, Then Accomplish It’

“I always dreamed of being an engineer because throughout my life I liked the building,” she added.Her passion was born when she began building with LEGOS as a four-year-old and told her mother, Daphne McQuarter, she would one day work for the agency. “I’m kind of a nerd for the NASA-sized Legos,” said Wicker, who…

SpaceX Successfully Launches Four Astronauts Headed To The International Space Station

SpaceX successfully launched four astronauts into space Sunday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The launch, which was originally set to take place on Saturday, is the first taxi flight from Earth to the International Space Station for NASA by a private company, according to NBC News. The crew is the second that SpaceX…

The Spirit of Apollo-Soyuz Is Alive… With the Russia/China Space Alliance

Originally published on the Strategic Culture Foundation Forty five years ago, Cold Warriors in the Pentagon and CIA shook their fists angrily at the stars- and for good reason. On July 17, 1975 the first international handshake was occurring in space between Russian Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov and American astronaut Thomas Stafford as the first official…

NASA Keeping Tabs on Stadium-Sized Asteroid Headed Toward Earth

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said Wednesday that it was keeping an eye on several asteroids moving closer to Earth in the next few days. “According to the agency’s asteroid watch, the largest of the five currently being tracked is 1,100 feet wide, roughly the size of a stadium,” WMBF reported. However, the…

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