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President Kennedy and the Apollo Commitment: A Unique Moment in Time


Tomorrow will be the 52nd anniversary of President John F. Kennedy announcing the decision to pursue a Moon landing by the end of the decade of the 1960s. On May 25, 1961, he stood before a joint session of Congress and … Continue reading

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The Encyclopedia Show DC: The Moon


On Tuesday night, December 4, 2012, I had the pleasure of participating “The Encyclopedia Show DC” which focused this time on “The Moon.” It was a free form educational variety show that included skits, poetry, music, and me. My task … 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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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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What If? Counterfactuals in Space History


Everyone loves playing “what if” games, as long as we all understand that they are games. Historians have a bit more sophisticated term, “counterfactual history,” which is the same type of “what if” approach to stories that we have all … Continue reading

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Course Syllabus for “Spaceflight and Society: Exploring the History of the Final Frontier”


Beginning on August 31 I started teaching as an adjunct instructor at the Johns Hopkins University. The course is “Spaceflight and Society: Exploring the History of the Final Frontier.” Only one class meeting thus far, but it has been great … Continue reading

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Whatever Happened to the Apollo/Saturn Launch Towers?


Because of the rare experience of Apollo, there was little value placed on maintaining in working order the infrastructure that made the Moon landings possible. NASA, therefore, sought either to dispose of these relics with all dispatch or to alter … Continue reading

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Observing the Sabbath Aboard NASA Spacecraft


I was recently asked about U.S. policies concerning the keeping of the Sabbath aboard NASA spacecraft. Accordingly, I considered several questions: What is the history of Sabbath and other religious observances in space? Since almost the beginning of human space flight … Continue reading

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Can We Preserve the Apollo Landing Sites?


The six Apollo landing sites on Moon pose an interesting, and thus far academic, question for the preservation of the material culture of the Apollo program. It is a subject I have been ponder more as time passes and it … Continue reading

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Conspiracies R Us: “Birthers” and the Wingnuttia Universe


In a recent on-line chat Washington Post reporter Ben Pershing was asked why the “birther” conspiracy arguing that President Obama was not a natural born U.S. citizen has any saliency in the media. His response was inane: “Perhaps because there … Continue reading

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