Tag Archives: NASA

Those pathetic climate models

Real scientists (as opposed to those corrupted by the federal dole) know the climate is far too complicated for any computer model yet devised to measure what’s happening today, let alone a hundred years in the future.

Like they say, GIGO:  garbage in, garbage out. So this is not a surprise:

“49 former NASA scientists and astronauts sent a letter to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden last week admonishing the agency for [its] role in advocating a high degree of certainty that man-made CO2 is a major cause of climate change while neglecting empirical evidence that calls the theory into question.”

Read. It. All.

Finishing the ISS

ISS_0They’re finally putting more windows in the International Space Station.

Messenger at Mercury

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“Every time we’ve encountered Mercury, we’ve discovered new phenomena,” said Sean Solomon, the [NASA] mission’s principal investigator at the Carnegie Institution of Washington. “We’re learning that Mercury is an extremely dynamic planet, and it has been so throughout its history. After MESSENGER has been safely inserted into orbit around Mercury next March, we’ll be in for a terrific show.”

The Day After Tomorrow? Nope

Boo-hoo. Hollywood strikes out again. Its 2004 climate-change doom-and-gloom flicker, “The Day After Tomorrow,” predicting an ice age for Britain and Europe thanks to global warming slowing the Gulf Stream ocean current, isn’t surviving scientific scrutiny. What small changes there’ve been in the Atlantic current since sat inspections began in 1993 apparently are only part of a natural cycle.

Via Snoopy The Goon.

Revisable science

New discoveries of significant amounts of water (at least six-feet of water ice in each of forty craters) on what was long considered a bone-dry Luna show why today’s AGW to-do hardly can be considered “settled”:

“If you converted those craters’ water into rocket fuel, you’d have enough fuel to launch the equivalent of one space shuttle per day for more than 2000 years. But our observations are just a part of an even more tantalizing story about what’s going on up on the Moon.”

Via Science@NASA.

Saving NASA. Pity, that.

Ugh: the pols aren’t going to let the bloated NASA bureaucracy’s deeply unimaginative return-to-the-moon program die.  I have to give Barry credit for trying to cancel  Constellation in favor of private enterprise. Even former Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin likes the idea.

Which is not to say I expect the anti-business president to do much for commercial space. But just killing the space agency’s behemoth would be a good start. The pols, of course, see only pork they cannot afford to lose lest the voters force them out and they have to find real jobs.

“The Warmest October in Human History”

That’s this year, according to NASA’s shrill sign-waving climate "scientist" James Hansen, and it was the opening line of the Copenhagen climate conference. As if the gang that couldn’t keep from destroying two space shuttles, killing everyone aboard including a school teacher they recruited for the privilege, could possibly know what happened to the October temperature in All. Of. Human. History.

Is that unfair? Maybe. But their "warmest October in human history" prompts it because the claim is so obviously stupid. Better to say, to paraphrase Accuweather meteorologist Joe Bastardi: [It’s] "the warmest you ever measured with the way you measured it." Which is a lot more accurate, but not sufficiently alarming, apparently. Not enough to keep the grant money flowing to sustain the bureaucracy they created getting to the moon. For what? To come home and trash the enabling technology and never go again.

SciFi writer Jerry Pournelle, likewise, is skeptical: "…few of us would have thought that last October was all that warm. Didn’t seem that warm to me, and my impression from the radio and TV was that it was actually pretty cold." Moreover, others were finding a flaw in the data. It was cool enough in Texas, in a precursor to our latest early winter–now into the start of its third week of overnight lows in the 30s and 40s. Which is unusually cold for us this time of year. The "sleeping" sun seems a lot more potentially devastating to me than any supposed rise in sea level fifty years from now, according to, ahem, the famous crockumentarian Al Gore.

Bastardi again: "Go look back through all the data, and understand that you can’t measure at the time of Rome, or the Vikings, or the Great Depression, the way you measure things now… Al Gore, who doesn’t have the guts to debate anyone on this issue, a man who may soon be a carbon billionaire, is claiming people who are fighting him are in the pockets of polluters. You do the math."