- Making News: NASA Report Faults Foam, Misguided Management for Columbia Shuttle Disaster
The final report on the Columbia disaster predicts special caution for the next series of space shuttle expeditions, but retired Admiral Harold Gehman, who led the investigation, is still concerned about what might happen next. Brian Berger, reporter for Space News, a weekly space industry publication, calls the report a -top-to-bottom indictment of NASA management- that, nonetheless, strongly urges a recommitment to human space flight.
- Reporter's Notebook: Mars-Gazers Prepare for Once-in-a-Lifetime View
Not since Neanderthals walked on Earth has Mars come as close as it will tomorrow night. That the Red Planet will be closer to Earth than it-s been in 59,000 years-almost the length of human history, has produced unprecedented public interest in astronomy. What will it mean for science? One of those watching with special interest will be Dr. Ed Krupp, director of the Griffith Park Observatory in Los Angeles, California.
The best time to view Mars is 2:51am PDT Wednesday, August 27, but the planet will be highly visible through September.