He’s gained a reputation as a savvy advocate for science funding; so it isn’t surprising to see mechanical engineer Arun Majumdar (pictured) nominated as the next Undersecretary of Energy at the US Department of Energy. Read more
Surely it’s bad enough for the Russian scientists and engineers who built the Phobos-Grunt mission to see the spacecraft stall in Earth orbit (See ‘Russia gets the red planet blues‘.) But Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is now suggesting that those responsible for the failure need to be punished, and perhaps criminally prosecuted, according to Reuters.
Lift-off! Mars scientists can exhale and breathe normally. At least for the next nine months. The NASA Mars Science Laboratory, or Curiosity, is on its way to Mars, the first step in a process that has doomed so many other Mars missions. The Russian mission to the Mars moon Phobos, for example, is stuck in Earth orbit, and falling (see ‘Russia gets the red planet blues.’) … Read more