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Announcing “Ad Astra” Play Reading, April 3, 2017


I think a lot of those in the space community will enjoy this opportunity to see a reading of a new play about Wernher von Braun. Featuring a special post-show conversation with Michael J. Neufeld, Senior Curator at the Smithsonian … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Gravity Well: America’s Next, Greatest Mission”


The Gravity Well: America’s Next, Greatest Mission. By Stephen Sandford with Jay Heinrichs. Pacific Grove, CA: Gavia Books, 2016. Appendices, acknowledgments, index. 304 pages. ISBN: 978-0-9962422-9-5. Hardcover with dustjacket $24.95 USD. I have been reading books such as The Gravity … Continue reading

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Goddard Memorial Symposium Presentations Available


The 55th Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium, held on March 7-9, 2017, has come and gone. If you weren’t able to attend this American Astronautical Society symposium but would like to participate vicariously, you may watch the video. All the speakers and sessions … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “China’s Evolving Space Capabilities”


China’s Evolving Space Capabilities: Implications for U.S. Interests. By Mark A. Stokes and Dean Cheng. Washington, DC: Project 2049 Institute, April 26, 2012. 85 pages. Available on-line at https://project2049.net/documents/uscc_china-space-program-report_april-2012.pdf. I wanted to review this document because of its reflection of … Continue reading

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Using Analogs


It is a truism that every person in every organization ever created uses history to make decisions on a daily basis. This is essentially accomplished through the use of analogy, suggesting that some issue under current scrutiny is like, may … Continue reading

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Announcing An Upcoming Conference: 55th Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium


55th Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium March 7-9, 2017 Greenbelt Marriott / Greenbelt, Maryland American Astronautical Society  “Future Space: Trends, Technologies and Missions” – Final Program – Tuesday, March 7 6:00   Evening Symposium Warm-up / Meet & Greet Mixer   Annapolis Room … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “To Command the Skies”


To Command the Sky: The Battle for Air Superiority over Germany, 1942-1944. By Stephen L. McFarland and Wesley Phillips Newton. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1991. Although now some 25 years old this book is still the state of the … Continue reading

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Announcing a Forthcoming Conference: “NASA in the ‘Long’ Civil Rights Movement”


When: Thursday March 16 – Friday March 17, 2017 Where: United States Space and Rocket Center, Educational Training Facility, 1 Tranquility Base – Huntsville, Alabama 35805 On March 16-17, 2017, the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center History Office and the University … Continue reading

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Redirect: “Americans Will Never Make Mars A Priority. Why Should That Stop Us?”


I am quoted in a recent story, “Americans Will Never Make Mars A Priority. Why Should That Stop Us?” by Rebecca Boyle on the FiveThirtyEight blog on the potential for the human exploration of Mars. You can find this story … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Stillpower”


Stillpower: The Inner Source of Athletic Excellence. By Garret Kramer. Austin, TX: Greenleaf Book Group Press, 2011. I am not much into self-help books, and I would probably not have picked this up except for several positive comments about it … Continue reading

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