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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Roscosmos knows but will not disclose cause of Soyuz drilled hole

According to a statement by Dmitri Rogozin, the head of Roscosmos, the Russians now know what or who caused the drillhole in a Soyuz capsule, found when air began to leak from ISS in August 2018, but they will not reveal that information.

What happened is clear to us, but we won’t tell you anything”, Rogozin said at a meeting with the participants of a scientific youth conference. … We may have some secrets”, he said.

I wonder if NASA will accept this decision. I also wonder why this doesn’t raise the hackles of NASA’s safety panel, which seems so willing to stall the launch of American manned capsules for far less worrisome safety reasons, thus forcing us to use Russia’s Soyuz capsule instead.

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3 comments

  • Edward

    What happened is clear to us, but we won’t tell you anything. … We may have some secrets.

    That is unsettling in so many ways. They want to keep secrets that effect the health and safety of crews? It seems unlikely that it is a military secret. They didn’t even say whether they were taking corrective actions to make sure that things like this hole never happen again. I’ve never been impressed with the Russians’ efforts at safety, and this reinforces my skepticism.

    I certainly hope that they have talked to NASA in private about this, because this public statement is terrible.

    Please tell me, again, why we partnered with these guys on ISS. I keep forgetting the advantages we were supposed to be getting from this partnership.

  • Scott M.

    If Roscosmos told NASA what happened, then in my opinion NASA has a duty to disclose that information to the public. We pay for NASA’s services, and if there’s a serious safety issue we have the right to know about it. I would think that a deliberately-drilled hole in a spacecraft counts as a serious issue.

    I can’t help but contrast this with the very public investigations into what happened with Challenger and Columbia. Admittedly, nobody died on board the ISS, but how can NASA be sure that the problem is fixed? How can they know that the next Soyuz going up won’t have more oopsie-holes?

  • Dick Eagleson

    I’m guessing that the Russians finally figured out who was responsible and that that person is now occupying a shallow excavation in some birch forest in the middle of nowhere, courtesy of the FSB. The reason there will be no public explanation is because the Russians do not wish to have to walk back any of their early smack talk about the problem being covert U.S. “sabotage.”

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