Orbital Inclinations archive
Date : April 2012

U.S. human spaceflight dead? Hardly!

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Published on: April 29, 2012

Once again a space shuttle orbiter was on the move this past week as Enterprise was flown to New York City, and thousands of people waved, cheered and generally went crazy with excitement. And – like they did when Discovery was flown to the nation’s capital – news reporters, columnists, bloggers and tweeters bemoaned the[…]

Discovery’s bittersweet departure from Kennedy Space Center

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Published on: April 22, 2012

This past week the Space Shuttle Discovery departed the Kennedy Space Center for good, flown to our nation’s capital atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. Bittersweet, was the word most commonly used here on the Space Coast as people described their feelings about the day. And I must say there truly is no better[…]

60 Minutes gives Brevard County an unfair “Hard Landing”

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Published on: April 15, 2012

And a shout out to my friend, Mark DeCotis Two weeks ago the CBS News television program 60 Minutes broadcast a piece about Brevard County entitled “Hard Landing.” The segment focused on several Space Coast workers and local business owners who were directly affected by the decision in 2004 to end the Space Shuttle program.[…]

No apologies: Here’s a bad joke in honor of April Fool’s Day 2012

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Published on: April 1, 2012

It is April Fool’s day today so for this week’s edition of Orbital Inclinations I thought I would lighten things up a bit and share with you a version of one of my favorite space-related jokes, inspired by one I once heard during a previous century at a Space Congress in Cocoa Beach – and[…]

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