Orbital Inclinations archive
Date : June 2012

Searching for intelligent life, and maybe God, in space

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Published on: June 24, 2012

Jill Tarter retired this past week after 30 years of doing what she did. That name may not be as familiar to you as Neil Armstrong or John Glenn, but she is famous enough within a certain segment of the space community that a movie was made about her work. Tarter was the inspiration for[…]

Will the next Moon boots be ‘Made in China?’

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Published on: June 17, 2012

I woke up Saturday morning to learn there were three new humans and one less reusable spaceship in Earth orbit. Saturday morning at 6:37 a.m. EDT China launched its fourth manned mission into space atop a Long March rocket. The Shenzhou 9 spacecraft, which is based largely on the design of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft,[…]

Saying the same things, again and again, with fierce conviction

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Published on: June 10, 2012

Twenty-five years ago I graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach. When you attend an aviation-themed school an hour’s drive north of the Kennedy Space Center, you wind up with college buddies who are a mix of propeller heads and space cadets, and are generally kind of nerdy, but in a likable Star Trek[…]

Space cadets unite! Otherwise we’re irrelevant

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Published on: June 3, 2012

With the successful launch, mission and splashdown of SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft during the past two weeks, once again we have seen the general public – or at least the mainstream media – showing renewed interest in our nation’s space program. Most of the commentary I’ve read has hailed the launch of the first commercial cargo[…]

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