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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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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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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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A Chronology of Key Space Anniversaries for 2014


There are many anniversaries every year, some truly significant and others of a more mundane nature. What follows is a short chronology of anniversaries taking place in 2014 relating to the spaceflight community. It is not an exhaustive list, but … Continue reading

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Re-Direct: My Appearance on the Space Show


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

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Rationales for Human Spaceflight after the Shuttle


I originally published this piece in Space News on February 11, 2013. The original may be read here. One respondent to it on April 15, 2013, thought I downplayed the importance of human spaceflight in the pursuit of scientific understanding … Continue reading

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Announcement of Space Policy and History Forum #9


See you in Orbit? The Evolution of the Dream to Fly in Space Space Policy and History Forum #9 Presentation by Alan Ladwig  This is a story about your dream to fly in space.  Some of you, especially the post-Apollo babies, … Continue reading

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Was NASA Serious about Trying to Rescue Skylab?


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

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Proposed Syllabus for “Spaceflight and Society” Course, Fall 2013


I am the instructor for a course at Johns Hopkins University in the Fall 2013 semester with the title, “Spaceflight and Society.” I taught this class in the fall of 2011 as well and had a great time doing it, … Continue reading

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