Lost in Space

By: Patrap , 4:28 PM GMT on April 12, 2010




Well,Im glad Buzz Aldrin finally got booted from Dancing with the Stars.Now he can come and help solve the Direction of the U.S.Space Program instead of crooning around LA with Kate Gosselin.






To be sure Im a lil dismayed with the fact that were retiring the US Space Shuttle fleet with no replacement Launch Vehicle to Low earth Orbit available.

Irony wins as when the Shuttle first flight in April 81 took place,..we had no Space Station for it to go to.
Skylab was de-orbited years before 81.


STS-1 Launch,April 1981

And now that the ISS is nearly 100% complete,after the Last Shuttle Flight late this year,..we will have a Space Station with no means to get to it.

Irony wins again.





Soon,the Russians Soyuz will become the only means for Humans back and forth to ISS.




So were at a crossroads in time literally as to what direction the US Manned Space Flight will take into the near and far future.
Hopefully it will be up...to Low earth Orbit and beyond

There is a lot of talk about commercial carriers doing the deed.
Last I checked no one has built a Launch Capable orbiting Spacecraft,nor do I expect one anytime soon.

The ARES/Constellation Project that was canceled by the Obama Admin was to be that Vehicle,..and now,well here at Lockheed Martin in New Orleans the Final ET has been shipped to KSC,and well,what were gonna do with all the ET tooling dies and welding jigs, I dont Know.



Maybe it could make a New American Idol Stage or something.





But to live in a World where Neil Armstrong's Grandchildren havent seen a Man walk on the Moon during their Lifetime,,is not what we expected in the summer of 69,..




And one day in the not to distant future,we will Live on a World again,when No human alive,has walked on the Moon.

Thats a sad thought.










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66. Beachfoxx
3:20 PM GMT on April 18, 2010
Yummy!!!

Mudbugs....
Quoting Patrap:
Im heading out to crawfish Land in the Morning to catch my fair share of um..BF.

Its my sanity day Monday,so I head for the Swamp to recharge this time o year.

Thanx for stopping in too.
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65. Patrap
3:15 PM GMT on April 18, 2010
Im heading out to crawfish Land in the Morning to catch my fair share of um..BF.

Its my sanity day Monday,so I head for the Swamp to recharge this time o year.

Thanx for stopping in too.
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64. Beachfoxx
3:12 PM GMT on April 18, 2010
SandCrab! Howdy....
that sounds like so much fun! My flyrod hasn't seen the water in more than 5 years... you make me wanna go fishing! :)
Quoting sandcrab39565:
Hi buddy I went fly fishing for the first time in many years today caught a lot of bass and a couple of bream. I forgot how fun it was. I got into a 12' canoe and put on a trolling motor and a couple of popping bugs and whoo hoo I had fish.LOL a note to say hello
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63. Beachfoxx
3:11 PM GMT on April 18, 2010
Pat -
Your blog title...
Lost In Space --------> describes some of the days I have! LOL
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62. Patrap
2:57 PM GMT on April 18, 2010
Well you need to do dat more often seems.

Itsa good medicine for the mind and soul.
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61. sandcrab39565
3:28 AM GMT on April 18, 2010
Hi buddy I went fly fishing for the first time in many years today caught a lot of bass and a couple of bream. I forgot how fun it was. I got into a 12' canoe and put on a trolling motor and a couple of popping bugs and whoo hoo I had fish.LOL a note to say hello
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60. Patrap
8:47 PM GMT on April 17, 2010
ET Premieres Behind the Scenes Footage from Iron Man 2! (May 7th 2010) Robert Downey Jr, Mickey Rourke, Gwyneth Paltrow work out.

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59. Patrap
2:18 AM GMT on April 17, 2010
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58. Patrap
1:01 AM GMT on April 17, 2010
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57. Patrap
4:25 PM GMT on April 16, 2010
Fridays "Noon Notch"..

AC/DC Shoot to Thrill (with Iron Man 2 footage!)

...."Ohh yeahhhhh!!!!!!!!!"...

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56. Patrap
4:15 PM GMT on April 16, 2010
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55. Patrap
4:10 PM GMT on April 16, 2010
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54. Patrap
3:05 PM GMT on April 16, 2010
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53. LongStrangeTrip
3:03 PM GMT on April 16, 2010
Surf's Up, dude - LOVE it!!!!
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52. Patrap
2:45 AM GMT on April 16, 2010
2010 Portlight/WU Honor Walk & Roll

It's time! The weather is gorgeous, so what are you waiting for? Grab your walking shoes, your bike, kayak...any form of transport you choose - and make the 2010 Honor Walk & Roll for Portlight Disaster Relief. Thru June 30, all proceeds will benefit our Haiti Shelter Project. After that, as hurricane season kicks into full gear, they'll go to our domestic disaster response programs. So go on...Walk & Roll...and run, and paddle, and bike, and sail, and even swim...or just sponsor someone who's rockin' on for Portlight Disaster Relief!!!




.."Been a Long time since I rock and rolled"..


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51. Patrap
12:29 AM GMT on April 16, 2010
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50. Patrap
12:15 AM GMT on April 16, 2010
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49. CybrTeddy
7:50 PM GMT on April 15, 2010
Well atleast we have a goal and a firm destination now. HLV finalized NO LATER than 2015 (thats the deadline for HLV to be developed, not the year, so it actually might be finalized sooner) Orion to ISS as crew rescue ASAP. NASA to work in tandem with Commercial to develop new propulsion, ways to protect astronauts, ect. 100 million dollars to be given to the KSC area to save jobs post-shuttle. Asteroid by 2025, Mars in 2030's. Now all we need is Charlie and the gang to announce deadlines and this plan will work.
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48. CybrTeddy
3:32 PM GMT on April 15, 2010
NASA TV Coverage starts at 1:30 p.m EDT
The speech itself is at 2:30 p.m EDT.
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47. Patrap
2:54 PM GMT on April 15, 2010
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46. Patrap
2:24 PM GMT on April 15, 2010
Quoting JFLORIDA:
You dog is getting so big - hes a nice looking guy. Looks smart too.


..I'll be sure to tell "Her" That JF..

NoLa Roux say Woof!!!

Thanx for the info and Pics too.

CT,hopefully its going to be a eye opening day.
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45. CybrTeddy
1:21 PM GMT on April 15, 2010
Today is D-Day for the space program.
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40. Patrap
2:28 AM GMT on April 15, 2010
We lika good tunes from All over..thats a good un for sure there BFOTR's.


We have Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon coming for Jazz Fest.

Mr. Rivers across the Street has a gig with Dr. John tomorrow night at the Convention Center.

Am going to try and make it there with him for a Video experience for the ages hopefully.
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39. Barefootontherocks
2:24 AM GMT on April 15, 2010
Hi Pat,
Thanks for stopping in my blog tonight. One for you and you family. I like this band. Hope it's not too "country" for you. lol

Best wishes.
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38. Patrap
1:51 AM GMT on April 15, 2010
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37. Patrap
1:42 AM GMT on April 15, 2010
.."Tomorrows just da future,yesterday"..

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36. Patrap
1:35 AM GMT on April 15, 2010
Buoy Anchor washed up against RR tracks in Rudduck,LA..just on the West Side of Lake Pontchartrain near I-55.


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35. Patrap
10:35 PM GMT on April 14, 2010
.."Oh, and there we were all in one place,
A generation lost in space
With no time left to start again"...


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34. AwakeInMaryland
2:37 PM GMT on April 14, 2010
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33. Patrap
2:28 PM GMT on April 14, 2010
The heart is a bloom
Shoots up through the stony ground
There's no room
No space to rent in this town

You're out of luck
And the reason that you had to care
The traffic is stuck
And you're not moving anywhere

You thought you'd found a friend
To take you out of this place
Someone you could lend a hand
In return for grace

It's a beautiful day
Sky falls, you feel like
It's a beautiful day
Don't let it get away

You're on the road
But you've got no destination
You're in the mud
In the maze of her imagination

You love this town
Even if that doesn't ring true
You've been all over
And it's been all over you

It's a beautiful day
Don't let it get away
It's a beautiful day

Touch me
Take me to that other place
Teach me
I know I'm not a hopeless case

See the world in green and blue
See China right in front of you
See the canyons broken by cloud
See the tuna fleets clearing the sea out
See the Bedouin fires at night
See the oil fields at first light
And see the bird with a leaf in her mouth
After the flood all the colors came out

It was a beautiful day
Don't let it get away
Beautiful day

Touch me
Take me to that other place
Reach me
I know I'm not a hopeless case

What you don't have you don't need it now
What you don't know you can feel it somehow
What you don't have you don't need it now
Don't need it now
Was a beautiful day


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32. Patrap
1:45 PM GMT on April 14, 2010
For sure the folks here at Lockheed Martin where the External Fuel Tank is Built are just as nervous over the decisions to come,as are Tens of thousands others across the nation.


We Are All Made Of Stars

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31. EmmyRose
1:41 PM GMT on April 14, 2010
Yeah my area is a wee bit nervous over all of this......Morning to you and all of NOLA.
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30. Patrap
1:39 PM GMT on April 14, 2010
I think the writing is on the Wall for the Admin over this issue.

To lose ground gained for half a century in Manned Spaceflight would be a disaster for the Nation Emmy..


Good Morn too.
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29. Patrap
1:14 PM GMT on April 14, 2010
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28. EmmyRose
11:33 AM GMT on April 14, 2010
Obama revising plans for NASA
President seeks to revive Orion capsule, speed up development of rocket, may give shuttles a reprieve

Link
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27. Patrap
12:14 AM GMT on April 14, 2010
Neil Armstrong criticizes Obama's space plan
By Jordan Fabian - 04/13/10 06:58 PM ET


The first man to set foot on the moon Tuesday penned a letter that rips President Barack Obama's new space program.

Neil Armstrong, along with ex-Apollo commanders James Lovell and Eugene Cernan, wrote the letter that says the initiative prevents the U.S. from realizing its potential in terms of manned space exploration.

The letter comes days before Obama is expected to outline his proposal in Florida on Thursday.

"Without the skill and experience that actual spacecraft operation provides, the USA is far too likely to be on a long downhill slide to mediocrity. America must decide if it wishes to remain a leader in space," the men wrote in the letter, first obtained by NBC News. "If it does, we should institute a program which will give us the very best chance of achieving that goal."

Obama's budget that was submitted to Congress in February cut the "Constellation" manned spaceflight program that was supposed to take the place of space shuttles, which will soon be phased out of use.

The administration has defended the budget item, saying funding for NASA, the country's space agency, actually increased by $6 billion and that the "Constellation" program's costs were ballooning out of control.

Full letter after the jump


The United States entered into the challenge of space exploration under President Eisenhowers first term, however, it was the Soviet Union who excelled in those early years. Under the bold vision of Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, and with the overwhelming approval of the American people, we rapidly closed the gap in the final third; of the 20th century, and became the world leader in space exploration.

Americas space accomplishments earned the respect and admiration of the world. Science probes were unlocking the secrets of the cosmos; space technology was providing instantaneous world wide communication; orbital sentinels were helping man understand the vagaries of nature. Above all else, the people around the world were inspired by the human exploration of space and the expanding of mans frontier. It suggested that what had been thought to be impossible was now within reach. Students were inspired to prepare themselves to be a part of this new age. No government program in modern history has been so effective in motivating the young to do what has never been done before.

World leadership in space was not achieved easily. In the first half century of the space age, our country made a significant financial investment, thousands of Americans dedicated themselves to the effort, and some gave their lives to achieve the dream of a nation. In the latter part of the first half century of the space age, Americans and their international partners focused primarily on exploiting the near frontiers of space with the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station.



As a result of the tragic loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia in 2003, it was concluded that our space policy required a new strategic vision. Extensive studies and analysis led to this new mandate: meet our existing commitments, return to our exploration roots, return to the moon, and prepare to venture further outward to the asteroids and to Mars. The program was named 'Constellation'. In the ensuing years, this plan was endorsed by two Presidents of different parties and approved by both Democratic and Republican congresses.

The Columbia Accident Board had given NASA a number of recommendations fundamental to the Constellation architecture which were duly incorporated. The Ares rocket family was patterned after the Von Braun Modular concept so essential to the success of the Saturn 1B and the Saturn 5. A number of components in the Ares 1 rocket would become the foundation of the very large heavy lift Ares V, thus reducing the total development costs substantially. After the Ares 1 becomes operational, the only major new components necessary for the Ares V would be the larger propellant tanks to support the heavy lift requirements.

The design and the production of the flight components and infrastructure to implement this vision was well underway. Detailed planning of all the major sectors of the program had begun. Enthusiasm within NASA and throughout the country was very high.

When President Obama recently released his budget for NASA, he proposed a slight increase in total funding, substantial research and technology development, an extension of the International Space Station operation until 2020, long range planning for a new but undefined heavy lift rocket and significant funding for the development of commercial access to low earth orbit.

Although some of these proposals have merit, the accompanying decision to cancel the Constellation program, its Ares 1 and Ares V rockets, and the Orion spacecraft, is devastating.

Americas only path to low Earth orbit and the International Space Station will now be subject to an agreement with Russia to purchase space on their Soyuz (at a price of over 50 million dollars per seat with significant increases expected in the near future) until we have the capacity to provide transportation for ourselves. The availability of a commercial transport to orbit as envisioned in the Presidents proposal cannot be predicted with any certainty, but is likely to take substantially longer and be more expensive than we would hope.

It appears that we will have wasted our current ten plus billion dollar investment in Constellation and, equally importantly, we will have lost the many years required to recreate the equivalent of what we will have discarded.

For The United States, the leading space faring nation for nearly half a century, to be without carriage to low Earth orbit and with no human exploration capability to go beyond Earth orbit for an indeterminate time into the future, destines our nation to become one of second or even third rate stature. While the President's plan envisages humans traveling away from Earth and perhaps toward Mars at some time in the future, the lack of developed rockets and spacecraft will assure that ability will not be available for many years.

Without the skill and experience that actual spacecraft operation provides, the USA is far too likely to be on a long downhill slide to mediocrity. America must decide if it wishes to remain a leader in space. If it does, we should institute a program which will give us the very best chance of achieving that goal.



Neil Armstrong
Commander, Apollo 11

James Lovell
Commander, Apollo 13

Eugene Cernan
Commander, Apollo 17
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26. Patrap
7:47 PM GMT on April 13, 2010
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25. Patrap
7:10 PM GMT on April 13, 2010
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24. Patrap
6:11 PM GMT on April 13, 2010
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23. Patrap
5:02 PM GMT on April 13, 2010
Funeral Under Way for L.A. SWAT Officer Killed in Afghanistan

Sgt. Maj. Robert Cottle died alongside a fellow Southern California Marine, Lance Cpl. Rick J. Centanni.




LOS ANGELES -- Funeral services are under way for a 45-year-old Los Angeles police SWAT officer and Marine reservist killed in Afghanistan.

Police began escorting the body of Sgt. Maj. Robert J. Cottle from LAPD headquarters to the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels ahead of a 9:30 a.m. non-denominational service.

A horse-drawn carriage slowly moved Cottle's flag-draped coffin through the streets while scores of uniformed officers and U.S. Marines marched behind.

Cottle, who leaves behind a wife and a 9-month-old daughter, was killed March 24 in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan's Helmand Province. He died alongside a fellow Southern California Marine, Lance Cpl. Rick J. Centanni, a 19-year-old light armored vehicle driver from Yorba Linda.

Cottle, who became the LAPD's first officer to die in combat in Afghanistan, was a veteran of two tours in Iraq. His wife, Emily, is a naval officer stationed in Hawaii, and the couple had a home in Yorba Linda.

Cardinal Roger Mahony will attend the non-denominational service, which will be led by police chaplain Steve Hillman.

An honors ceremony will take place in the cathedral plaza prior to the service.

Several streets were blocked off in downtown Los Angeles ahead of the procession.
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22. Patrap
2:59 PM GMT on April 13, 2010
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21. Patrap
2:54 PM GMT on April 13, 2010
Lotsa good words and feed back from various bloggers.
Excellent,..America Talks Back..thanx for stopping in everyone.


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20. CybrTeddy
2:09 PM GMT on April 13, 2010
Shuttle Atlantis for the last time ever has just completed its rollover to the VAB to be attached to its ET, ahead of STS-132.
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19. Bogon
5:34 AM GMT on April 13, 2010
Danger, Will Robinson!

(Sorry, couldn't resist. :o)

What I remember is the sense of hope and direction that the space program gave us back in the sixties. There is no current equivalent. At some point NASA transitioned from a world-beating technology generator into a government bureaucracy. Even if we give NASA a new mission and funding, I doubt it could rekindle the original naive optimism in this post-modern world.

Commercialization of space exploration might be just what is needed to bring back a lean, efficient can-do attitude. Burt Rutan certainly seems to have the right idea. Space won't really be happening until the cost of sending a kilogram to orbit comes way the heck down. I don't believe rebuilding Saturn V or even the space shuttle is going to solve that problem.
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18. zoomiami
5:23 AM GMT on April 13, 2010
Nice post Pat, I agree with many who think its a shame that we will no longer have a way to get to the space station. Since when do we need to rely on another country for space exploration. Very sad.
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17. shoreacres
3:48 AM GMT on April 13, 2010
Speaking of the Abyss...

And some pics from the interior of the venerable astronaut hangout....
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