Actual photo of Larson doing research in 1957.

Friday, October 09, 2009


Barack Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize? Only two other sitting U.S. Presidents have won it (Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson), and they received it because they actually accomplished something. White House Press Secretary Gibbs said last hour that it was a reflection of "hope". Ew boy. And Jimmy Carter thinks it's a swell idea: Nuff said.

NASA LCROSS EVENT THIS AM: I was on site early this morning with Apollo 16 moonwalker Charlie Duke (keynote speaker at the event) at the NASA Ames Research facility in Mountain View, California. While NASA"s promised video of the six-mile high impact plume (from what some media call "bombing the moon") wasn't as expected, many high-powered telescopes around the world got some excellent shots. But the mission was about getting total mapping of the moon and fresh data re: possible ice/water in the south pole region. It was all about future space flights to the moon and beyond (unless Obama decides to tighten the NASA budget, which many fear). In the next few days, more important data will be released. Well worth the paltry $79 million for this on time, on budget project. Besides, that amount of money Washington,DC gives away about every few seconds with nothing to show for it.