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Growing opportunity in our own backyard.

We are fortunate to live in Las Cruces. The weather is perfect. Warm days, cool nights, no wind. I travel with my job, and love the feeling of coming home. Recently, I attended the annual Space Grant Director's meeting in Washington, DC. All 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia have Space Grant programs. NMSU is the Land Grant and lead Space Grant university in New Mexico. ...


Early adopters are good to have in a forward leaning community.

Mark Twain was one of the most astute commentator's on the loveable American psyche. He suggested, "Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please." The Mark Twain for Boomers, Johnny Carson, perfected the art of criticizing politicians on television. Watergate, Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew all came together as a sort of comedy windfall for Carson. Yet, it ...


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 ...