Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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Nelson confirmed as NASA administrator

The Senate unanimously confirmed former senator Bill Nelson as NASA administrator yesterday.

Not much to say that hasn’t been said previously. Nelson, a Democrat, is 78 years old, and has shown signs of his age. His testimony during confirmation hearings suggested that he, like his boss Biden, is essentially going to rubberstamp the policies told to him by his bureaucracy, which in the case of NASA means a continuation of Artemis under a pro-capitalism framework.


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  • Patrick Underwood

    “… which in the case of NASA means a continuation of Artemis under a pro-capitalism framework.”

    Can you believe you actually got to write that??

  • Patrick Underwood: Heh. In thinking about it this is pretty remarkable. Once again suggests my policy paper had more influence than I ever dreamed.

  • Edward

    Robert wrote: “Once again suggests my policy paper had more influence than I ever dreamed.

    At the time, I had assumed that few would bother to read it. It is exciting that it is being implemented.

    ’There is far more capital available outside of NASA [for use by commercial space marketplace] than there is inside of NASA.’ — paraphrased from an interview with NASA Administrator Bridenstine on the Ben Shapiro radio show on Monday 3 August 2020.

    The successes of NanoRacks, Rocket Lab, and SpaceX show that commercial space has great potential for expanding us into space much faster than NASA has been able to do.

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