IndependenceThis blog represents the personal opinions of Wayne Hale only. It does not represent the opinions of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration or Special Aerospace Services, or their clients.
- JSC-NAL presentation and discussion on NASA's exploration goals was frank, open, and thorough. Everybody got heard, all questions answered 1 day ago
- The JSC-NAL program took place in one if the conference rooms that had been shielded back in the day we did classified work - no twitter! 1 day ago
- Up today at the JSC-NAL meeting: Gerst to defend HEO exploration plan to Chris Kraft, Bob Thompson and other retired NASA execs - skeptics 2 days ago
- The next Rice Space Institute public event will be Nov 18 featuring Eric Berger, the Houston Chronicle 'ScienceGuy' 2 days ago
- #RSI as an engineer I wish Kellie would talk more about technical aspects of Mars One rather than spending so much time over social media 2 days ago
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