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The Space Shuttle and the Expansion of the Astronaut Cadre in Space


The Space Shuttle has proven itself one of the most flexible space vehicles ever flown. Most assuredly, the range of possibilities for operations in orbit expanded dramatically with the launch of Columbia in 1981. Through the end of the program … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Home Run Heard Round the World: The Dramatic Story of the 1951 Giants-Dodgers Pennant Race”


The Home Run Heard Round the World: The Dramatic Story of the 1951 Giants-Dodgers Pennant Race. By Ray Robinson. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 2011 ed. This is a classic work of baseball history. Originally published in 1991, it tells the … Continue reading

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Redirect: “Apollo Lunar Landings Multiscreen” Video


This is pretty neat. This video depicts simultaneously the landing of all six Apollo missions that reached the lunar surface between 1969 and 1972. The compiler took all of the video from the Lunar Module and realligned them to 45 degrees … Continue reading

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3-D Scans of the Apollo 11 Command Module


To mark the 47th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing mission, the Smithsonian has made available a stunning, high resolution 3-D scan of the Command Module Columbia. This is available here: http://3d.si.edu/apollo11CM. Now anyone with an internet connection can explore … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Inventing George Washington”


Inventing George Washington: America’s Founder, in Myth & Memory. By Edward G. Lengel. New York: HarperCollins, 2011. How have Americans dealt with the immortalization of the commanding general of the Continental Army of the United States of America and the … Continue reading

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Vikings 1 and 2 and the Failure to Detect Life on Mars


The first truly successful landings on Mars took place in 1976 when the Viking mission used two identical spacecraft, each consisting of a lander and an orbiter. Launched on August 20, 1975, from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Viking … Continue reading

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Baseball Is… A Lot of Fun


What an enjoyable little book! My good friend Paul Dickson, well known for his writing on the history of baseball and other aspects of American history, has assembled a witty and sometimes funny collection of comments from a range of … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Viva Baseball”


Viva Baseball: Latin Major Leaguers and their Special Hunger. By Samuel O. Regalado. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1997. This very well-done book chronicles the rise of Latin American baseball players from the nineteenth century to the 1990s. As the … Continue reading

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In Remembrance: Molly Macauley


I was both shocked and saddened to learn over this last weekend that Molly K. Macauley, whom I worked with many times over the years, was murdered while walking her dogs in Roland Park in Baltimore, Maryland, on the night … Continue reading

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Announcement of Public Lecture: 40th Anniversary of Viking Landings on Mars


Join us for a series of presentations at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, Virginia Air & Space Center, Hampton, Virginia, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Viking landings on Mars. Open to the public Admission is free. In this special Sigma Series … Continue reading

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