In a glass-walled conference room at the California headquarters of Space Exploration Technologies Corp., Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk told Texas officials he was interested in building the world’s first commercial rocket launchpad in their state -- if the state could compete.
The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration may help organize astronauts and celebrities to entertain 33 miners trapped in a mine in Chile during a rescue that may take as much as four months.
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. beat Lockheed Martin Corp. to retain its biggest U.S. government contract, an agreement with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration valued at as much as $1.93 billion.
By David A. Fahrenthold and Marc Kaufman Sept. 1 (Washington Post) -- The lessons that could help keep 33 trapped Chilean miners safe and sane during their months underground were learned at desperate times in isolated places: ice-bound sailing ships, prisoner-of-war camps, malfunctioning capsules whizzing through space. They include: Don't over-promise. Keep track of night and day - even if you can't see daylight. Encourage friendships - but watch out for cliques. Let everybody have privacy - but don't let anybody become a loner. And remember the keys to survival in what psychologists call "extreme environments": Entertainment. Structure. Hope. "I'm not a 'Lord of the Flies' guy. I'm very optimistic this group will be able to stay stable for a long time," said Col. Thomas A. Kolditz, who heads the department of behavioral sciences and leadership at the U.S. Military Academy.
It sounds like the set-up for a new reality TV show -- or the beginning of a bad joke. What happens when you put five Russians, a Canadian woman and a Japanese man in isolation in a mock space station for three months?