The Space Race will never end

The Space Race was never really a challenge between superpowers, but an endless marathon for humans to exceed their limits and go beyond the dimensions of our world. Advertisements

Dawn Of Orion

I think of the Orion program as the descendant of the Apollo program. In this case, rather than shoot for the moon, we’re shooting for deep space. And this morning’s launch will be the start of a grand adventure.

All The Cool Kids Hang Out On Mars

Today is Friday. Here in New England, this is the day when we get paid and go out for fish and chips. But 226 million kilometers away, three robots are having the time of their artificial lives.

Space Twins and Shiny Spaceships

For the record, my brother is a total doofus, and I’d love nothing better than to catapult him into outer space. So, you can understand my jealousy when I learned that NASA found a way to make it happen!

Will Russia Leave The ISS?

CNN is reporting a claim from a Russian source that their nation’s cosmonauts will depart the International Space Station program by 2020. Since the final Apollo mission that docked with an orbiting Russian spacecraft, we’ve enjoyed better Russo-American relations in space than planetside. Regrettably, Ukraine has placed a shadow over future space missions. I hope…

Just Another Day For Cassini: Big Water Detected Under Enceladus

Space station repairs and Martian rovers? Heck, that’s playground stuff. The spacecraft Cassini was poking around Saturn and her moons back when JPL’s wunderkinds were watching Firefly. This is one of our Top Gun explorers. The data sent from Cassini to Earth is solid gold. So what about a springtime teaser? Cassini can deliver, folks….

Challenger

I was watching the televised launch of space shuttle Challenger¬†from my fourth grade classroom the day we lost seven astronauts. The horrific explosion was only 72 seconds into launch, shockingly brief, but something a child could never forget. Today, I can only imagine the sadness shared by NASA employees and the astronauts’ dear families. This…

Apollo Meets Zeus

My cousin used to say, “It could be worse, you could be on fire.” Well, ain’t that the truth! My job, no matter how occasionally stressful, is just a walk on the beach compared to other professionals. Take the crew of Apollo 12, which blasted off the launchpad on Nov. 14, 1969. Approximately 32 seconds…

Failure Is Not An Option

An oxygen tank exploded in the Apollo 13 service module during a flight to the Moon on April 13, 1970. The blast caused an immediate loss of oxygen, electricity, and navigation control. But at the time of its sudden rupture, none of the astronauts or NASA mission controllers were aware of the flaw. Until the…

Look At All The Crap We’ve Dumped In Orbit

People used to toss Styrofoam containers and cups on the side of the road. Then we learned that polystyrene foam takes an epoch to degrade, so we switched to paper products. But we threw that stuff on the ground anyway. It mixed with old tires, used diapers, garbage bags, mufflers, cans, condoms, cigarette butts, and…

“Where’s My Jet Pack?”

Leo McGarry lamented the rise and fall of space exploration on an episode of The West Wing. His generation, he told Josh Lyman, was let down after astronauts walked on the moon. Leo:¬† My generation never got the future it was promised. Thirty-five years later, cars, air travel’s exactly the same. We don’t even have…