I'm back from the ISDC conference. There were quite a few interesting sessions, particularly those on Space Solar Power as well as some of the coming NewSpace companies. And I met some lovely and interesting people. I'll have more to say on the meeting in the next few days. But for now, a picture of the NSS gala on the first night, which was held at the National Air & Space Museum and honored John Glenn and Scott Carpenter. That night alone was almost worth the price of admission.
And while we're on the subject of divinely inspired celebrations: Happy Chanukah, Blessed Kwanza, Happy Solstice! And not to forget the all-important Festivus celebrations of Feats of Strength and Airing of Grievances - Happy Festivus too.
In short, have a lovely, safe, and Happy Holidays.
I've been too busy with real life to post lately, but this grabbed my attention. Who knew that this secretly filmed footage from the mid-1960s proves that NASA employees working on Apollo actually had British accents?
Here's one reason to stay Earthbound. There's no such thing as pizza in space. Funny, the thought never occurred to me until now, but yeah - making pizza in zero-g might be a little difficult, and that fact would make a trip to Mars pretty much impossible as far as I'm concerned.
From ABC News:
there is no way to get pizza on a space station or space shuttle mission. It just doesn't hold up. You can't freeze-dry pizza or dehydrate it very successfully...
They don't really say why - I assume that microgravity makes the cheese go all over everywhere, but it could be the fact that getting a NASA safety rating for a wood-burning oven in a capsule is easier said than done.
I propose two solutions, one interim and one longer term. First, institute an immediate Cup O' Pizza policy for the last shuttle flight. Those, you can microwave. And second, pizza-less spaceflight is the showstopper that demonstrates the imperative of developing artificial gravity technology. Hey Bigelow, get right on that. You're going to have to figure this one out before I go up on one of your hotels for a 10 day vacation. Cause I'll definitely be wanting pizza.