The latest edition of “This Week In Space” is now available for your viewing pleasure. Please give us a look… Hello and Welcome. We begin with a big orange caboose – if you will. The last space shuttle external fuel … Continue readingTagged Baikonur Cosmodrome, International Space Station, Kennedy Space Center, Lockheed Martin, Michoud Assembly Facility, NASA, Space, Space Shuttle, United Space Alliance
David Waters is your host for the latest edition of “This Week In Space.” Check us out! It was a nail biter – sample return missions always are – but in the end JAXA pulled it out and the troubled … Continue readingTagged Earth, Hayabusa, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Kennedy Space Center, Lockheed Martin, NASA, Space, Technology
The latest edition of “This Week In Space” is hot off the presses. Check us out! [youtubevid id="srrNVWJ72p0"] Hello and welcome – and happy Yuri’s night – hard to believe it has now been 49 years since the first human … Continue readingTagged Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, International Space Station, Lockheed Martin, NASA, Space, Space Shuttle, Space Shuttle Discovery, United States
NASA’s budget rollout was confused – but so is the message – we do know this: the Obama White House would like NASA to get out of the low earth orbit taxi business – and instead get the private sector … Continue readingTagged Lockheed Martin, Low Earth orbit, Mars, NASA, Orion, Space, Technology, White House
No bucks – no buck Rogers – Our sources tell us NASA is no longer headed back to the moon – or anywhere else for that matter. After spending upwards of 9 billion dollars to design the Ares 1 rocket … Continue readingTagged Ares I, Commercial Orbital Transportation Services, Human spaceflight, Lockheed Martin, Low Earth orbit, NASA, Orion, Space
Do you all remember the infamous crash of the Mars Climate Orbiter? It was one of two NASA missions to the Red Planet that crashed in 1999 as they reached the end of their long journeys from Earth. Mars Polar … Continue readingTagged Daniel Goldin, Earth, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Jimmy Carter, Lockheed Martin, Mars, NASA, Red Planet, Space, Technology
be Norm Augustine, the man who is leading the White House scrubbing of NASA’s post-shuttle plans, has apparently selected a group of experts who have not made up their mind about the future of space exploration in this country. They … Continue readingTagged Ares V, Constellation, Human spaceflight, Lockheed Martin, NASA, Office of Management and Budget, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Space, White House
HINKLEY, Calif. – We all love a neat, tidy Hollywood ending to a David and Goliath story. Sadly, in the real world, they are hard to come by. More often than not, the little guy might win a battle, but Goliath prevails over the long haul — winning the war.
Before I went to Hinkley, I did, of course, watch the movie once again. As it turns out Erin Brockovich is accurate in many respects.
You might remember the woman who gets a big check at the end of the movie after the down-on-her-luck, crusading legal assistant has brought a giant utility to its knees for polluting the groundwater beneath the tiny desert town half way between L.A. and Las Vegas.
In the movie, she was known as Donna Jensen (and played by Marg Helgenberger). There is no real-life Donna Jensen — the details of her story are a composite of several real-life travails.
But Roberta Walker was the main inspiration. Naturally, it was not long after I met her that I asked her what she thought of the movie.
Miles O’Brien is a veteran freelance broadcast and web journalist who focuses on science, technology & aerospace.
He is the Science Correspondent for PBS NewsHour, and a regular correspondent for the PBS documentary series FRONTLINE and the National Science Foundation Science Nation series.
For nearly seventeen of his thirty years in the news business, he worked for CNN as the Science and Space Correspondent and the anchor of various programs, including American Morning.
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