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Spudis Highlights ObamaSpace’s Flaws in: The Once and Future Moon

Dr. Paul Spudis is a respected expert on space matters. Photo Credit: NASA.gov

As a journalist one tries to find the right words to explain events, the right phrases to explain flaws in a concept or an idea. We do the best we can – but sometimes someone who is not a journalist – sums up the situation far better than we ever could. Such was the case recently when Dr. Paul Spudis cast a light on efforts to direct NASA away from the path that it was on. He calls out the epic flaws in this agenda in simple, easy-to-understand terms that leaves one wondering how anyone could support what these changes will do to America’s manned spaceflight capabilities.

Spudis is a geologist who has worked for the U.S. Geological Survey, was the Principal Investigator (P.I.) for NASA’s Office of Space Science, Solar System Exploration Division planetary geology program. Later he joined the Lunar and Planetary Institute located in Houston before joining the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He returned to the Lunar and Planetary Institute where he currently works as a senior staff scientist. Spudis has worked on several space missions including Clementine and Chandrayaan-1. He is also the author of several books on space exploration – in short? He knows of what he speaks.

Spudis eviscerates the cult-like followers of NewSpace groups that believe that they can do better than NASA. He also does not pull any punches with those that limply try to state that NASA’s new direction is Mars and that this new plan has any other destination than seeing NASA dismantled. It is blunt, brutally honest – it is the cold dash of water to the faces of those who believe that getting astronauts into space can be done faster, better and cheaper with current technology.

To read Dr. Paul Spudis’ commentary, please click – The Once and Future Moon

Written by Jason Rhian

Jason Rhian gained Bachelor’s Degrees in journalism and public relations from the University of South Florida and spent countless hours volunteering with NASA and other space groups to gain experience. He has interned with NASA twice. Once at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) press site in 2007 and with NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) in 2009.

Jason has worked with a number of space-related groups and events - including Google Lunar X-PRIZE team Omega Envoy, the 2009 International Space Development Conference and NASA's KSC press site. Jason has covered over 30 launches. His work has been published in Aviation Week & Space Technology, The Spaceport News and online with MSNBC.com, Space.com, SpaceRef.com, Spacevidcast.com, Universe Today and other websites.

Whereas some journalists are comfortable repurposing a press release and using imagery provided to them by the public relations arm of that organization – Jason has made a habit of getting behind the pre-approved announcements to cover the events first hand. He covered President Obama’s remarks live from Kennedy Space Center in April 2010. Jason also flew out to Utah to cover the test fire of Alliant Techsystems second test of the company’s Development Motor-2 (DM-2). More recently, he sat in the backseat of history, flying on NASA’s Shuttle Training Aircraft with STS-135 Commander Chris Ferguson as he trained for the last mission of the space shuttle era during the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT).

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