Space Policy roundup – May 21, 2013

There is a House hearing today on deep space exploration policy:

The witnesses include:

  • Dr. Louis Friedman, Co-Lead, Keck Institute for Space Studies Asteroid Retrieval Mission Study and Executive Director Emeritus, The Planetary Society
  • Dr. Paul Spudis, Senior Staff Scientist, Lunar and Planetary Institute
  • Dr. Steven M. Squyres, Goldwin Smith Professor of Astronomy, Cornell University
  • Mr. Douglas Cooke, Owner, Cooke Concepts and Solutions

Robert Zubrin offers his usual calm and considered thoughts on the proposed asteroid retrieval mission: NASA’s Asteroid Absurdity –

Here’s the Planetary Society’s view: The Planetary Society Announces Conditional Support of NASA’s Asteroid Mission – The Planetary Society

A comment from Stewart Money on the Bigelow contract from NASA to study public/commercial partnerships for deep space exploration:  Exploring NASA’s Agreement with Bigelow –

Why a one-way ticket to Mars would be prized by some

Mars One is having no trouble attracting applications for their plan to establish a settlement on the Red Planet. Three applicants explain why they would consider going to Mars even if there will be no chance of returning to earth:  Why sign up for a one-way Mars trip? Three applicants explain the appeal – Cosmic Log.

Maker Faire picts

Here are some pictures from the recent Maker Faire event in San Mateo, California:

Update: More picts: The 2013 Bay Area Maker Faire in Pictures – Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories

Update 2: Here is an article about the space related activities and exhibits at the event: NASA and private groups bring space exploration to Maker Faire – Oakland NASA/