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Is Space Tourism Soon to Become a Reality?


With the successful test flight of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo (SS2) at the end of April, 2013, we are one step closer to commercial space tourism. This is not orbital tourism, of course, but the ability to fly above 100 km … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Race: The Complete True Story of How America Beat Russia to the Moon”


The Race: The Complete True Story of How America Beat Russia to the Moon. By James Schefter. Garden City, NY: Doubleday and Co., 1999. Anchor Reprint, 2000. It is becoming increasingly obvious with every passing year that the Apollo program … Continue reading

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Remembering the Challenger Seven: 27 Years On


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

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Do You Know Me? The Legacy of Neil Armstrong


Do You Know Me? That was the unforgettable phrase that opened a series of classic American Express commercials from the 1970s. In them, people with well-known names but whose faces were not so memorable pitched how that charge card gave … Continue reading

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The Federal Government and the Development of Aerospace Technology


Since 1903, the United States has spent hundreds of billions of dollars developing aerospace technology, on the management of the infrastructure necessary to support its operations, and on the military and other practical applications that it affords. Accordingly, through a … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut’s Journeys”


Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut’s Journeys. By Michael Collins. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1974. (40th Anniversary Edition, June 23, 2009) There have been several excellent Apollo astronaut memoirs, especially Gene Cernan’s The Last Man on the Moon and … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Area 51: The Dreamland Chronicles”


Area 51: The Dreamland Chronicles.By David Darlington. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 1997. Area 51, the highly classified military installation at Groom Lake in the Nevada desert about 90 miles north of Las Vegas, may be more a state … Continue reading

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Challenges of Getting to Mars: Curiosity’s Seven Minutes of Terror


Team members at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory share the challenges of the Curiosity Mars rover’s final minutes to landing on the surface of Mars. Great video!

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