Monday, October 19, 2009

Potpourri CVIII

Heads up! The Ares I-X rocket is due to roll out to Launch Complex 39B tonight at 11:01 p.m. (Central Time), assuming the winds hold. If all goes well, the launch window will start at 8 a.m. October 27. Huzzah!

Also in NASA news, much to my surprise, the Augustine Human Space Flight Panel's final report will be made public October 21. We shall see what we shall see. This email (allegedly) from the Constellation Program manager is worth reading if you're wondering what the internal opinion of the Panel at NASA is like.

An article from The Space Review argues that we don't necessarily need a heavy-lift vehicle for exploration.

Here's something completely random from my buddy Gwen: a birthday calculator.

A good editorial from the Wall Street Journal on technologies that can change the future, among them space solar power.

A few links from Claire:
  • Want to know what the federal debt was on a particular date? Check this out.
  • Here's a GAO report on the outlook for future federal income (taxes) and outlays (spending).
  • And if you'd like to know the state of the federal debt right now, there's this site.

That's plenty to make you sweat, if long-term or even short-term economic issues concern you.

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