Blogging: A new adventure!


I really appreciate the start to the conversation.  In fact, I am overwhelmed by it.  Pardon my ignorance of the technique, I hope to learn fast.

A couple of logistical notes:  all NASA Blogs, if comments are allowed, are moderated.  That means that if you write a comment, it comes to me and I have to approve it for posting.  So don’t send multiple copies of the same comment, please.  Also, posting comments is only one of my duties and sometimes (like this morning) it may be a couple of hours before I get back to this to read and approve posts.  Finally, there are a couple of rules, down at the bottom.  So far I have only not posted one comment because it derogated an individual by name.  I may need to keep folks on topic in the future.  I would really like NOT to play referee and post all the comments, but that is not the way the system works, so I’ll try to be as loose on the rules as I can be.

GREAT COMMENTS.  Wow.  Over the next several weeks I intend to explore many of the topics raised in these first few posts in some detail.  Bear with me if I don’t get to your favorite comment right away.

This is going to be fun and educational.  I am so impressed with this first day.  What a hoot.


10 thoughts on “Blogging: A new adventure!”

  1. Doh! Note to web-admins!!

    Please include the entire content of the post (or at least a significant portion) in the RSS feed instead of just the title.


  2. Dear mr. Hale,
    thanks for the time and for your choiche to use the power of the web to tell us your personal stories. Blogging creates a virtual but nice relationship with all the space enthusiasts, and you’ve just reached the shores of Leonardo’s motherland, Italy.
    I think you’d be glad to know you have a bunch of fans up here in Italy. We appreciated your opennes expecially in some of the hardest and most touching moments of NASA ans space shuttle program.
    I am part of a web community that discuss space related topcis in the biggest Internet forum dedicated to space exploration, and we would be glad if we could ask for a telephone interview for our podcast AstronautiCAST. Please, consider it if you could; it would be a real big honor for us. My e-mail is up here 😉
    Keep up posting and forgive my doggish english. 🙂

  3. I’m glad you’re enjoying your first blogging experience. I really hope your enthusiasm continues this strongly!

    As someone who blogged quite a bit in his youth (which tells you I’m still pretty youthful…), I’m pretty certain there will always be commenters that will focus on the argument rather than the discussion. I hope though that we can keep the discussion civil and focus on the goals that we hold in common. It’s good that you’re setting the tone right away that personal attacks will not be tolerated.

    Can’t wait for your next post!

  4. Dear Mr. Hale,

    I have been following NASA ever since I was 7. I am 40 now. I wanted to get your feedback on the House’s passage of the $20 Billion 2009FY budget. I have been watching NASA’s budget shrink for years. It is wonderful to see these increases in the budget gains in the budget.
    If only the number was $25 Billion. Also, is there any figure on how much it would cost to get Ares going by 2012?


    Charles Acquisto

  5. Mr. Hale, I’m so glad to see senior NASA leaders reach out through blogs. To read first-hand what you and others at NASA are doing, and possibly the thinking behind those actions, is invaluable. Thanks for taking the time and effort.

  6. 2008.06.22
    Some questions and ideas about ISS and orbit,

    is it possible to lasso a free flying object in space? A small scale trial inside the ISS would be nice. If successful, could it be done outside?

    Does it make sense to do a tethered swing-by maneouvre around a planet or moon. What happens when the leading space-probe on the thread or rope is 100 times heavier than the following satellite? Maybe such an experiment is only possible around a moon or a planet,that doesn’t have such a strong magnetic field as planet earth. I’ve read, that tether-experiments failed, because of induced high voltages.

    kind regards
    Konrad Marek

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