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“A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.” –John Burroughs The greatest tool for astronomers of the past 20 years has, without a doubt, been the Hubble Space Telescope. Since its launch in 1990, it’s no stretch to say more scientific knowledge has come out…

“The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.” –Ben Okri Let me take you back 20 years, to the early 1990s. Back then, the world’s most powerful particle accelerator was right here in the United States: Fermilab’s…

“Books won’t stay banned. They won’t burn. Ideas won’t go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.” –Alfred Whitney Griswold Those of you who read my weekend post have some inkling that I’m a bit of a…

Weekend Diversion: Stand Up, Wisconsin!

“If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all of…

“Everything starts somewhere, although many physicists disagree.” –Terry Pratchett With a high unemployment rate and many people having stopped looking for work, it’s pretty hard to live in the United States and not be aware of the struggles many people are facing. Here’s a song by Loudon Wainwright III to set the tone, The Home…

How Afraid of Asteroids Should You Be?

“Every man is free to rise as far as he’s able or willing, but the degree to which he thinks determines the degree to which he’ll rise.” –Ayn Rand We’re all aware that one of the ways that human life on Earth could end, conceivably, is the same way that the dinosaurs went down. And…

Weekend Diversion: Time to Speak Up.

They came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for me…

New National Space Policy for the USA!

“Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” –Mark Victor Hansen…

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“Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it enkindles the great.” -Comte DeBussy-Rabutin As many of you know, I’m not around for the rest of the week/weekend, as I’m off competing in the USA Beard & Mustache Championships! But I wouldn’t feel right without leaving you something to tide…

A New Space Vision: What I think

I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth. -John F. Kennedy, 1961 The entire human endeavor of spaceflight is — without a doubt — one of the greatest achievements in the history of…