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The Joy of working with Paul K. Arthur

Paul K. Arthur died on January 31, 2014. I met Admiral Arthur in 1994 during the first strategic planning meeting for New Mexico Space Grant. At his funeral on Saturday, February 8, I learned Paul enlisted in the Navy at the rank of Seaman. He rose through the enlisted ranks, through 13 separate ranks to rise to the rank of Rear Admiral. Paul was a humble man, a ...


New Mexico Universities must invest in faculty with commercial space capability now.

Commercialization of space is becoming more important to our national leaders every year as commercial companies demonstrate low-cost increased access to space from commercial spaceports is possible. "The United States Defense Department needs to be thinking seriously about commercial alternatives in order to meet its growth needs over the next decades...the best application of funds is to take advantage of the commercial satellite provider's ...


The International Space Station: Good for another 10 years and great for Las Cruces

2014 started off with an especially positive announcement for our community. NASA announced the extension of the orbiting outpost through 2024. Why does this matter to our community? NASA White Sands Test Facility (NASA WSTF) is a support facility for the International Space Station (ISS). NASA WSTF does failure analysis on micro-meteoroid orbital debris impacts for example. In English, they look at ...


There are 24, 872 Las Cruces Public School District students enrolled by the most recent head count published on the LCPS website. The NMSU and Dona Ana College websites indicate there were a total combined 24,099 students enrolled in 2012. We have almost the same number of students in the public school system as in the higher education system. Today, the Dona Ana County Commissioners will meet to vote on a resolution against proposed ...


By Patricia Hynes on Nov 13th, 2013
Topics: New Blogs

Where do you fit?

When the movie Apollo 13 came out I was not that interested in seeing it. I was involved in the current space program. The Apollo era would never return. The movie was about old news. The end of Apollo was the end of the hope we might live and work on the moon in my working life time.

The new movie "Gravity" is about the space program of today. Kind of! ...