WHILE I WAS BUSY WITH THE WEEKEND’S BIGGEST STORY, I FORGOT TO COVER A COUPLE OF BAD SPACE ITEMS: SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets grounded by FAA, putting Space Coast missions on indefinite hold.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket fleet has been grounded by the Federal Aviation Administration after a Thursday launch from California produced an upper-stage failure that deployed a batch of Starlink satellites into an eccentric orbit.

The FAA grounding has immediate impact on the Space Coast’s launch schedule — which is off to a record-breaking pace this year. All told, 46 of the 50 missions thus far during 2024 have been Falcon 9 launches from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and adjacent NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

In a Friday statement, the FAA said, “an investigation is designed to further enhance public safety, determine the root cause of the event, and identify corrective actions to avoid it from happening again.”

“A return to flight is based on the FAA determining that any system, process, or procedure related to the mishap does not affect public safety. In addition, SpaceX may need to request and receive approval from the FAA to modify its license that incorporates any corrective actions and meet all other licensing requirements,” the statement said.

The Starlink satellites could not be salvaged and have since burned up on reentry.

And this: NASA’s $5 billion Europa Clipper mission may not be able to handle Jupiter’s radiation.

This past May, the mission team was told that parts similar to Europa Clipper’s transistors “were failing at lower radiation doses than expected,” NASA officials wrote in the Thursday update. Transistor testing is now underway at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, which leads the mission, as well as the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, both of which are in Maryland.

The results aren’t exactly promising.

“Testing data obtained so far indicates some transistors are likely to fail in the high-radiation environment near Jupiter and its moon Europa because the parts are not as radiation-resistant as expected,” NASA officials wrote.

It’s been a rough few days for space launch and exploration fans.

CAN THE LEFT END ITS VIOLENCE? Richard Pollock, who has been chronicling the roots of the Pro-Palestinian protests and violence in the teachings of Saul Alinsky, sees no end to the protests, demonstrations and attacks:

“For the hard Left, violence has been part of their political religion. I know, as I once was a hard Left activist as I was a roommate with Chicago 8 defendant Rennie Davis. I personally became friends with Tom Hayden, Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin and hard-left lawyer Bill Kuntsler. I understand that political violence is part of the Left’s DNA. Over time, I moved toward a more conservative outlook.

“Of course, Left-wing political violence has been on display in America ever since Big Bill Haywood’s Industrial Workers of the World, known as the Wobblies, sparked strikes and riots throughout the United States early in the Twentieth Century.”

And there is much more in Pollock’s latest column on Substack, penned in the aftermath of the failed assassination attempt against former President Donald Trump. If you aren’t subscribing to Pollock, you are missing one of the most unique and insightful analysts on the Right.

WATCHING THE REPUBLICAN CONVENTION I’VE NOTICED THEY ARE MISSING A GRET OPPORTUNITY TO TWEAK THE DEMOCRATS, STILL CLINGING TO THEIR FANTASY OF JFK’S ‘CAMELOT:’  RNC 2024 live updates: Smiling Trump walks into a roaring crowd at RNC, sits next to JD Vance.

Think we can promote referring to Trump as “The Once and Future President?” as a reference to the novel that provided the basis of that Broadway Musical. It’s time the Theater kiddies grew up, after all.

THE LEFT WHO TALKS OF STAGING DOESN’T UNDERSTAND HOW CLOSE, BY A PERCENTAGE OF AN INCH, WE CAME TO A CIVIL WAR:  Martyr, no.

INSIDE AOC’S BRILLIANT MIND: OK, I’m a grammar nerd, and the use of “that” where “who” should be used makes me grumpy.

But here’s the real question: “Functionally useless” is bizarre…something is useless or it isn’t. What work does the word “functionally” do? Can something be only “theoretically” useless?

PRO-TIP: Mimsy were the borogroves.

ANN ALTHOUSE ON THE VANCE PICK: “I’m happy with this choice. Aren’t you?”

“I’m glancing around elsewhere and keep seeing this theme: Vance used to criticize Trump. The old criticisms are repeated. But we’ve all heard criticisms of Trump, and here’s someone who knew and felt the criticisms, but he came around. And he’s going to be telling us, eloquently, how he came around.”

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