September 2, 2016

Perseverence Through Failure Brings Success in Space Exploration

Perseverance Past Failures to the Goal
Failure in space exploration is always difficult. It's incredibly expensive, can cost years of delays, is demoralizing to the public and to all involved, and is tragic when astronauts are lost.

But just as with airplane and auto crashes, we must understand the risks and be prepared for them. SpaceX will of course persevere and learn through their loss just as did Orbital, and get back on track, though lost time cannot be made up.

As we prepare to return to manned space missions on American rockets, and hopefully sooner rather than later, build bases on the Moon and Mars, there will be accidents, setbacks and even tragic deaths. The wrong thing to do is give up. The right thing to do is to go forth again with renewed determination.

It's been this way throughout history, and the ancient explorers we remember are those who pushed through failures to the finish line.

One recipe for failure is to build just one of something. Had we only had one Apollo capsule or one space shuttle when Apollo 1, Challenger or Columbia were lost, it is possible national will and bean counters could have kept us from continuing. Thankfully we built many and persevered.

Lunar and Martian exploration must be treated the same:

Expect terrible failures and many smaller losses, and always have more spacecraft and habitats in the works. Prepare the public to expect occasional losses and that we must persevere in such eventualities. And honor those who sacrificed their lives by redoubling our efforts and achieving star-high goals.

Godspeed to SpaceX in getting back to launching--and reusing--rockets and dreams.

Read the latest official updates from SpaceX.

August 11, 2016

Attend the Mars Society's Convention

Mars Society Convention Participants Applaud "The Martian" Author Andy Weir
Register now for the Mars Society's Annual Convention, which will be held in Washington, D.C. September 22-25, 2016.

This is one of the major space advocacy and policy conferences, and is the place to be to learn about how we will get to Mars from top experts. You'll meet space experts and advocates from around the country and world.

Coalition Director Art Harman will be speaking again this year to the convention on several key topics. He spoke to the 2015 Mars Society Convention on the Mars Flyby proposal, the Asteroid Redirect mission, and participated in the space policy panel.

You will not only learn about space policy, but have the opportunity during the convention to visit your Members of Congress in support of a strong space program which will get us to Mars and beyond.

Learn more and register at:

July 18, 2016

Apollo 11 Anniversary - Your Thoughts?

Wednesday, July 20 is the 47th anniversary of Apollo 11's landing on the Moon and the historic "One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."

When you were younger, were did you imagine we would be in space accomplishments on the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing?

Cities and industry on the Moon and Mars? "2001" movie-style space stations with routine shuttles to the Moon?

Where should we be in three years? Ten? Thirty?

How can we recapture the imagination of the public and youth?  

What changes would you advise the next president to do?

Should NASA's budget be doubled (or more) as Neil deGrasse Tyson advocates?

Scrap the Asteroid Redirect Mission? Replace it with a Mars Flyby and a real plan and budget to make the Moon and Mars happen in the 2020s and 2030s?

Continue current plans?

Is it OK to let China capture the "firsts" of a Lunar base and a landing on Mars?

Space is our future and will be what we as a nation and space advocates demand.

Your thoughts?

January 29, 2016

Join the Citizen Lobbying "Legislative Blitz" for Space, February 21-23

Come to Congress and spend a couple days with other space advocates lobbying for the space program!

Join the Space Exploration Alliance's 2016 Legislative Blitz, February 21-23.

You must register by January 31, so act now. 

The Coalition participates in the Blitz, and you are invited to join too. Lobbying training is provided, so no experience is needed. 

Get more information and register at

December 31, 2015

Please Donate

Your donation will be greatly appreciated. 

Dear space advocate,

2015 was an exciting year with important space accomplishments, including Space X's successful landing of the Falcon 9, amazing images from Pluto, and a greater NASA budget which advances key components for manned space exploration.

Let's look ahead now and help make 2016 the year that a strong space supporter is elected president--no matter who wins.

Here's how: Save Manned Space's non-partisan educational campaign will educate candidates on the immense benefits of remaining the leader in space exploration, and why we must go to the Moon and Mars.

Please donate now to help educate candidates on the space program.

Allowing opponents of the space program in the media and politics to set the agenda could result in a repeat of 2012 where Newt Gingrich was attacked by other candidates and the media for supporting a bold new space program.

The stakes are too high to allow the next administration to be anti-space, uncaring, or content with allowing China and Russia leading the new space race. We can--and must--go to the Moon in the early 2020s, learn how to safely live on another world, and go to Mars in the early--not late 2030s.

Many people, much less politicians and candidates for president, don't understand that the space program returns far more to the economy in new inventions ('spinoffs') than the investment. And that's not counting the job creation, advances in science, inspiration for students to go into STEM careers, and even greater international respect.

Step one for the next president is to cancel the nearly-useless Asteroid Redirect Mission, and replace it with the exciting "Apollo 8 for Mars," the 2021 Mars-Venus flyby, which can be accomplished with hardware already being built and tested--including the mission habitat which NASA will complete in 2018. This should be enacted in early 2017, while the new president formulates the long-range national space strategy which will in fact make NASA's "Journey to Mars" a reality, not just a slogan and hashtag.

Please donate now to help Save Manned Space educate candidates, lobby and conduct educational projects for a bold new space program to take us to the Moon and Mars! Donations are not tax deductible.

Thank you very much for your support.

More information about the Coalition:

December 30, 2015

Can YOU go to Iowa and New Hampshire to Advance Space Exploration?

The Road to Mars Begins in Iowa and New Hampshire

Are you in, or can you visit Iowa, New Hampshire, or any of the other primary states?

The candidates and their senior staff are there now. They are greeting people in coffee shops and diners, and hosting small forums--and they WANT to talk to you.

Please read the linked article: Given current plans and a lack of strong leadership, NASA might not land Americans on Mars until the late 2030s or even into the 2040s.

However, every accomplishment we strive for in space exploration--landings and bases on the Moon and Mars, and much more all could be accomplished in the 2020s and 2030s. It all depends on leadership and willpower, and what we as space advocates do here and now.

From Mercury to the Apollo 11 landing on the moon took Americans just eight years, and with the amazing advances in technology since the 1960s, we should be able to make progress much faster.

The only reason NASA currently has no plans during the next ten years for deep space exploration other than a single test flight of Orion and the nearly useless Asteroid Redirect Mission is a lack of leadership or desire to lead the world in space exploration.  It's not a function of technology.

Here's the vital point: the next president will have the opportunity to put us on track to great accomplishments in space--if the candidates hear from you now.

This is the time to go to Iowa, New Hampshire and the other primary states, and have serious talks with the candidates or their senior staff about why remaining the leader in space exploration is essential to our economy, high tech competitiveness, national security, as well as inspiring students for STEM careers. Why exploring the Moon and Mars will reap great benefits for all Americans. Why space exploration is 'American exceptionalism' defined. And why replacing the Asteroid Redirect Mission with the inspirational and essential 2021 Mars-Venus flyby will put us back on track for a serious space program.

Some candidates might have no position or interest on space exploration, or even feel it is just a waste of funds. They may not understand the great return to our economy and high tech competitiveness. If candidates understand the value, they will confidently out-bid each other in support for the space program, rather than act defensively to ridicule it.

Early primary dates:
February 1:
  • Iowa Caucuses
February 9:
  • New Hampshire Primary
February 20:
  • South Carolina Primary
February 23:
  • Nevada Democratic Caucuses
March 1:
  • Alabama Primary
  • Alaska Republican Caucuses 
  • Arkansas Primary
  • Colorado Democratic Caucuses
  • Georgia Primary
  • Massachusetts Primary
  • Minnesota Caucuses 
  • North Dakota Republican Caucuses 
  • Oklahoma Primary
  • Tennessee Primary 
  • Texas Primary
  • Vermont Primary
  • Virginia Primary
  • Wyoming Republican Caucuses
Consult this list of primary dates for the balance of the primary season.

Be aware that talk of humanity becoming a spacefaring species or colonizing Mars will scare away politicians and backfire. That was the lesson from the 2012 campaign, when Newt Gingrich was attacked in the media and by other candidates for talking about a Lunar colony. Keep it realistic and focused on what politicians can accept and what the media can't attack.

Your action can help candidates realize the importance of a strong space program, and help result in a pro-space president, no matter who wins.

We will post specific talking points soon.

Contact us for more information, and let us know of your meetings and results.

December 24, 2015

Christmas Greetings from Apollo 8

Forty seven years ago today, on Christmas Eve, 1968, Apollo 8 took man for the first time around the moon. One of the most famous photographs of all time is the "Earthrise" over the moon, shot by William Anders.

Watch the Christmas Greeting from the Moon:
A Reading of Genesis by Apollo 8 Astronauts

As they orbited the moon, the three astronauts, Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders, took turns reading from the book of Genesis. Watch the above video for their historic broadcast.

From "We were told that on Christmas Eve we would have the largest audience that had ever listened to a human voice," recalled Borman during 40th anniversary celebrations in 2008. "And the only instructions that we got from NASA was to do something appropriate."

"The first ten verses of Genesis is the foundation of many of the world's religions, not just the Christian religion," added Lovell. "There are more people in other religions than the Christian religion around the world, and so this would be appropriate to that and so that's how it came to pass."
Christmas Greetings from the Moon

Jim Lovell: "The vast loneliness is awe-inspiring and it makes you realize just what you have back there on Earth."

William Anders:
"For all the people on Earth the crew of Apollo 8 has a message we would like to send you".
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.
And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness."

Jim Lovell:
"And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day."

Frank Borman:
"And God said, Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good."

Frank Borman: "And from the crew of Apollo 8, we close with good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you - all of you on the good Earth." 

Best wishes for a Merry Christmas from the Coalition to Save Manned Space Exploration

Photo and video credits NASA