Video: This Week in Space With Miles O’Brien

“IMAX: Hubble 3D” debuts at the Air and Space Museum…we give it the “red carpet” treatment – checking out the movie, checking in with the astronaut stars, listening to the star who voiced it over – Leonardo DiCaprio, and weighing in with the director and the NASA brass about the wow-factor of the IMAX experience. Also: a Falcon 9 “hot fire” disappoints, the shuttle program manager says “no problem” for shuttle to keep flying, and safely — it’s only a question of money — and Obama gets ready to speak up for his controversial new plan for NASA…and braces for what promises to be a firestorm of protest at planned April 15 conference on the future of America’s space program.

This Week in Space: Miles O’Brien Looks at NASA Budget, ISS Expansion

The shuttle Endeavour delivers “windows on the world” to the International Space Station, aftershocks from the Obama Administration’s budget bombshell rattle NASA, prospects for a shuttle program extension – while remote – live on, the Solar Dynamics Observatory soaks up the sun, SpaceX gets ready to light the candle on Falcon 9, and Hubble/ESA/the European Southern Observatory wow us with some new out-of-this-world pictures.

NASA Revamps Advisory Council Committees


NASA Administrator Charles Bolden held his first meeting with the restructured NASA Advisory Council recently at the agency’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif. Bolden has added four new committees to the council in key areas of importance to the agency’s future: Commercial Space, Education and Public Outreach, Information Technology Infrastructure, and Technology Innovation.


Space Show: O’Brien, Hoffman, Zubrin and Bell

The Space Show for this week:

1. Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, 2-3:30 PM PST: Miles O’Brien returns. Miles is the former CNN Space & Technology news anchor and the latest member of the NASA Advisory Council.

2. Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009, 7-8:30 PM PST: We welcome Dr. Jeff Hoffman, former astronaut. Dr. Hoffman helped carry out the initial repair/rescue mission for the Hubble Space Telescope, STS 61; December, 1993.

3. Friday, November 6, 2009, 9:30-11:30 AM PST : We welcome back Dr. Robert Zubrin to the show to discuss Mars plans in light of Augustine and the upcoming new U.S. space policy now under development.

4. Sunday, November 8, 2009, 12-1:30 PM PST: We welcome back Dr. Jeff Bell to the program to discuss Augustine, space policy, and much more.

Miles O’Brien: Let’s Go Back to the Moon

OpEd: We Aimed for The Stars…Until We Stopped
Op-Ed by Miles O’Brien
Space News

Truth is, we have done nothing to equal (much less top) the accomplishments of Apollo. And even worse, we haven’t tried. We did something truly great, but then walked away from it. We had lightning in a bottle — and we opened the lid.


More Major Media Retreating on Space Journalism….

A sign of the sad economic times we live in…

Long-time space correspondent Miles O’Brien is leaving CNN as the U.S.-based cable network shuts down its science, space, environment and technology unit. Miles has covered NASA and many shuttle launches. This decision follows Aviation Week’s decision to close down its Cape Canaveral bureau and to lay off veteran space journalists Craig  Couvalt and Dave Hughes.

All I can say is: Good luck. It’s tough out there. Maybe it’s a good time for these guys to write memoirs. They’ve certainly been witness to interesting events.