Hank usually likes to keep science and politics separated, but the reality is that a lot of scientific research in the United States is funded by the government. This is a problem right now because the disfunction in the world of politics has begun to seriously affect the realm of science. Because of sequestration, NASA needs our help!Not just NASA, but also the NIH and NSF, which got cut worse than NASA. Just the same, not only the commercial crew program is in jeopardy (the U.S. might lose its independent human spacefaring capacity if that is cut and never restored, which would mean that we would be acting out the archtypical science fiction tragedy), but also all of NASA's outreach and education programs. Hank wants social media people like me to do that work to fill the gap. As if I needed any more incentive.
To heed Hank's call and help NASA, I begin by presenting last week's Cassidy and Crew Ready for Launch on This Week @NASA from NASA Television on YouTube.
NASA Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy, and Soyuz Commander Pavel Vinogradov and Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin of the Russian Federal Space Agency are now at their launch site in Kazakhstan after finishing final training and prelaunch activities outside Moscow. The Expedition 35/36 crew is scheduled to liftoff from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Thursday, Mar. 28, U.S. time, and head for the International Space Station. Also, mitigating meteors; 50 years of cooperation; a Suni reception; ISS research; New Planck cosmology; first light of Landsat's latest; SXSW; and more!Here's to my small part in countering the ill effects of the Satan Sandwich on science!