Category Archives: Space Shuttle
Last Friday, November 29, 2013, I was a guest on the Space Show talking about the Space Shuttle, my new edited work on this subject, and other space history issues. The book, Space Shuttle Legacy: How We Did It and What … Continue reading
Announcing the publication of Space Shuttle Legacy: How We Did It and What We Learned (American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics, October 2013). It is available here. The book includes these chapters: Defining the Shuttle: The Spaceplane Tradition, Roger D. Launius Designing the … Continue reading
On the May 19, 1979, episode of Saturday Night Live, the path-breaking comedy program that everyone who was anyone watched, John Belushi played a science commentator for “Weekend Update,” its faux news segment. Belushi began with a staid report on … Continue reading
On Jun 13, 2013, John Logsdon, George Washington University; William Barry, NASA Chief Historian; and I participated in a set of presentations on “The Space Program Under Presidents Nixon and Ford.” The video of the presentations is available here. Enjoy!
All are invited to the open forum at noon on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C. Roger Launius, senior curator in the Division of Space History at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, … Continue reading
Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope. By Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly, with Jeffrey Zaslow. New York: Scribner, 2011. hardcover, 320 pp., illus. ISBN 978-1-4516-6106-4. USD $26.99. Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly are a “power couple.” Giffords was a … Continue reading
On Friday, May 17, 2013, we held at the National Air and Space Museum here in Washington, D.C., a wonderful program on Sally Ride and her place in the history of spaceflight and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. … Continue reading
Wernher von Braun once supposedly told his colleagues: “We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming.” Whether true or not the statement reflects what has been viewed for the last forty years as one of the traditional difficulties … Continue reading
I posted on the National Air and Space Museum website this morning a reflection of the tenth anniversary of Columbia, STS-107, on February 1, 2003. For those who would like to read this blog post, it is available here.
Since the loss of STS-51L took place on this date in 1986 I thought I would reflect on the lives of the crew that was lost in that tragedy. These seven astronauts—including the specialties of pilot, aerospace engineers, and scientists—died … Continue reading