Farewell to a wise and thoughtful commentator on space

My good friend Bill Mellberg passed away this week.  I remember him in a post at Air & Space magazine.  Comment here if desired.

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4 Responses to Farewell to a wise and thoughtful commentator on space

  1. Joe says:

    Really sorry to hear this,

    Always looked forward to Mr. Mellberg’s posts. They added a great historical (not to mention practical) view of the topic under discussion.

    Wish I had had the chance to tell him how educational I found his inputs.

    He will be missed.

  2. billgamesh says:

    “-billgamesh got it right in his comments above. A lot of “Musketeers” and New Space astronaut “wannabes” are living in their own fantasylands. They apparently think they will be able to fly into space one of these days for a few thousand dollars. They envy the NASA astronauts who have already flown into space. But that is not reality.”

    Thanks Bill and good luck. You are one of the very few who ever had a single good thing to say about my comments. Thank you for not being a NewSpace groupie.

  3. James says:

    Goodspeed Bill Mellberg.

    Note the ‘Farewell to a wise and thoughtful commentator on space’ comment by Paul Spudis:

    “In recent years, both Bill and I have watched in dismay as America’s civil space program has deteriorated from an ever-advancing effort to push the boundaries of human experience beyond low Earth orbit into a self-deluding, Potemkin Village obsessed with a ‘Journey to Mars.'”

    For the rest of us still living on the Home Planet, we need to keep on trying to do our best to encourage a scientific space program based on tapping Lunar resources, industrializing the Moon, and developing Cislunar Space.

  4. Grand Lunar says:

    An excellent tribute, Dr Spudis.

    It is always sad to hear of the passing of great people like Mr Mellberg that offered a common sense that is in short supply these days.

    I think we’ll all miss him.

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