Tag Archives: NASA

Wednesday’s Book Review: “Orbit of Discovery: The All-Ohio Space Shuttle Mission”


Orbit of Discovery: The All-Ohio Space Shuttle Mission. By Don Thomas with Mike Bartell. Akron, Ohio: Ringtaw Books, 2014. Foreword by Senator John Glenn. Introduction by Senator George Voinovich. Illustrations, references, index. 406 pages. ISBN: 978-1-937378-72-1. $24.95 USD. Hardcover with dustjacket. … Continue reading

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NASA and the Stimulation of Non-Space Applications from Space-related Technology


Much has been made over the years of what NASA calls “spinoffs,” commercial products that had at least some of their origins as a result of spaceflight-related research. Most years the agency puts out a book describing some of the … Continue reading

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Historical Analogies and the Commercial Development of Space


I recently completed a study on historical analogies and the commercial development of space. This study explored several historical episodes in U.S. history where the federal government undertook public/private efforts to complete critical activities valued for their public good. This largely … Continue reading

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Project Apollo and Technological Versimilitude


There is no question that the success of Project Apollo in the 1960s helped to create a culture of competence for NASA that translated into a level of confidence in American capability, and especially in the ability of government to … Continue reading

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Powering Spacecraft: A Brief Explanation of Four Types of Power Systems


Flying in space requires reliable, uninterrupted, stable electrical power, not only for engines to maneuver and navigate but for systems on spacecraft performing a range of functions. As a result, one of the critical components of any satellite either in Earth … Continue reading

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Dennis Tito and the Quest for Orbital Space Tourism


I recently wrote a blog post on the “The Long Path to Space Tourism” about pre-twenty-first century efforts to make possible ordinary people traveling into space. In addition that story, I also want to discuss a major breakthrough in space tourism … Continue reading

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The Long Path to Space Tourism


Despite its recent visibility in the United States with the efforts of Virgin Galactic to build a suborbital vehicle, space tourism is hardly a recent concept. Mention of the idea goes back to the beginning of the twentieth century, and … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “To Touch the Face of God: Religion and the American Space Program, 1957-1975″


To Touch the Face of God: Religion and the American Space Program, 1957-1975. By Kendrick Oliver. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012. There is something ethereal in the enterprise of spaceflight. Oliver Kendrick’s To Touch the Face of God: The … Continue reading

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That Was the Year That Was: Civil Space 2013


We say this about every year, but 2013 was memorable in so many ways that I cannot begin to catalog them all. As a result, let me confine my remarks to three accomplishments that I consider the most significant taking … Continue reading

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Redirect: “Up Close with Shuttle Discovery”


I recently spoke with Peggy Mihelich, MemberCentral Program Director for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) about the Space Shuttle Discovery on display at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles International Airport. … Continue reading

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