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Achenblog: October 4, 2009 - October 10, 2009

Moon Thud a Dud

The next time we decide to blow up the moon, let's do it right. I want to see nothing but smithereens, ya dig? I want moon ejecta lighting up the sky at night with meteors. For this I woke...

By Joel Achenbach  |  October 9, 2009; 8:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (317)
 
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Barack Obama Wins Cy Young

I'm at the Newseum, where there's a big crowd awaiting the destruction of the moon. Hard to make it through the lobby. Lots of NASA and Northrup Grumman folks. The moon is on a huge screen. Chip Cronkite spoke...

By Joel Achenbach  |  October 9, 2009; 7:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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LCROSS Takes Aim At the Moon

[My story on LCROSS.] America is returning to the moon -- violently. A rocket booster and a small spacecraft will crash into the moon Friday morning at 5,600 miles an hour. The Earth's satellite will have two new craters....

By Joel Achenbach  |  October 8, 2009; 8:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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Obama Star Party

[Cross-posted from 44.] President Obama, having spent much of the day pondering Afghanistan, spent a few seconds Wednesday night looking through a telescope at a double-star system roughly one quadrillion miles away. The South Lawn of the White House was...

By Joel Achenbach  |  October 7, 2009; 9:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (118)
 
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Asteroid of Doom

I've been at the White House -- traipsed around the South Lawn, looked through some telescopes in advance of this big "star party" hosted by the Obamas and some astronauts -- and what no one bothered to mention is...

By Joel Achenbach  |  October 7, 2009; 6:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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My Afghanistan Advice

I'm here to help the president figure out this Afghanistan thing. Unburdened by knowledge of the facts, I feel uniquely free to offer creative advice. The first thought that comes to mind is that Obama should remember the famous...

By Joel Achenbach  |  October 6, 2009; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (184)
 
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Two Guys With Much in Common

It occurs to me that Barack Obama and I have a lot in common. We're both 48. We both live in Washington, D.C. We both have school-age daughters. And we both have lots of things to worry about. Like,...

By Joel Achenbach  |  October 5, 2009; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (160)
 
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