Alien ships will never be landing in Portales

Bob Huber: Local Columnist If you’re a distinguished UFO-ologist emeritus like I am, you know that New Mexico holds the record for the most ballyhooed assaults from outer space. In fact, the coveted Black Hole Cup has been won by so many communities in this state that Rush Limbaugh has labeled them prime examples of […]

Let the willing pay for space conquests

CNJ Editorial Way back in January 2004, as almost a throwaway line in his State of the Union speech, President Bush proposed returning humans to the moon and eventually to Mars. Many commentators noted that this grandiose public-works proposal seemed to sink like a stone in the sea of public opinion, and the president has […]

Day trips: Alamogordo makes for spontaneous day

By Mike Jimenez: Freedom Newspapers Where in New Mexico can you surf the pristine white sand dunes in the morning, stroll the New Mexico Museum of Space History in the afternoon, and save that show at the IMAX theater for last? Where else, but in Alamogordo. Located in the Tularosa basin and surrounded by the […]

Shuttle program successor should be outsourced

Freedom Newspapers Along with people all across America — and the world — we’re excited and relieved that the Space Shuttle Discovery landed safely Tuesday morning. It was a safe ending to the first flight of the shuttle fleet since the February 2003 explosion of the shuttle Columbia as it re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere, killing […]

Discovery home safely

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) – Discovery and its crew of seven glided safely back to Earth on Tuesday, ending a riveting, at times agonizing, 14-day test of space shuttle safety that was shadowed by the ghosts of Columbia. Discovery swooped through the darkness of the Mojave Desert and landed on the Edwards Air […]

Shuttle program needs modernization

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist NASA’s deliberations about when to resume flights by the space shuttle bring to mind the New Yorker cartoon of an executive on the phone, looking at his calendar and saying, “How about never? Does never work for you?” After spending 2 1/2 years and huge amounts of money to prevent […]

Flights to space ultimately domain of private business

Freedom Newspapers It was exhilarating to watch the space shuttle Discovery lift off on what looks to be a successful flight into space Tuesday morning. Despite setbacks and stagnation, the idea of venturing into space still appeals to something similar to the human impulse that launched sea voyages of discovery hundreds of years ago and […]

Flying objects a sign of spring

By Bob Huber: CNJ Columnist It’s spring again — daffodils are blooming, pollen dust is up your nostrils, and folks all over New Mexico are getting stiff necks from gazing at Unidentified Flying Objects. That’s because this state holds the record for the most melodramatic assaults from outer space. In fact, New Mexicans have won […]

Senator questions Chief of Staff about future training needs

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Air Force Chief of Staff said Wednesday the future airplanes and weapon systems will need wide open spaces for good training. The testimony came during a U.S. Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee meeting in Washington to review the Air Force’s budget requests for the 2006 fiscal year. “The very […]

Space act puts regulation before innovation

Freedom Newspapers In a reasonably sane world, there would have been no perceived need for House Resolution 5382, the Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act of 2004, which passed the Senate during the final minutes of the recent lame-duck session and awaits President Bush’s signature. Given the world we live in, however, it offers a fairly […]