The Science Behind “America Declassified” – White Sands

Unintended Consequences My adventures as a scientist-host with the Travel Channel television series, “America Declassified” took me across the blinding flats of the White Sands Missile Range, which had unintended consequences.  Unnervingly, it deposited a sliver in my mind that I simply cannot ignore. In forging outward across the staggeringly-immense, derelict runways we now know […]

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Space: The Northern Frontier

So, you want to build a rocketship? -Lines like these are sprinkled across advertisements during the 1960s for everything from whiskey to sprinkler manufacturers, painting themselves as part of a brighter future.  So, with expectations 50 years ago set so high, in many respects the 21st Century to them would be something of a disappointment. […]

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Informed Consent Act shields private space firms in NM

New Mexico has just signed into law the “Space Flight Informed Consent Act” – laying the foundation for shielding private spaceflight firms from retaliatory lawsuits in the event of an accident.  As lawsuits are one of the greatest threats to the private spaceflight industry, this legislative defense establishes a much-needed foundation.  Even though it only applies in […]

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