Orbital Inclinations archive
Date : October 2012

Felix Baumgartner, the spirit of exploration, and jumping to conclusions

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Published on: October 20, 2012

I almost missed seeing Felix Baumgartner’s historic and record-setting jump from a balloon last Sunday. If it weren’t for the fact that my Minnesota Vikings had a late afternoon kickoff against the Redskins I would have missed it altogether. Watching on live TV as Felix sat there and the balloon climbed to altitude, and listening[…]

Another new era in space exploration begins

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Published on: October 13, 2012

With the launch last Sunday of a Falcon 9 rocket and subsequent berthing of a Dragon capsule to the International Space Station on Wednesday, it really is true we have entered a new era in space exploration — just like all the press releases and hype from NASA and SpaceX have claimed. Although what happened[…]

Space, the election, and choosing between the Ford or the Buick

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Published on: October 6, 2012

With the election now exactly one month away, it seems we are stuck with the plans for our space program that both candidates for president have promised they will pursue if elected. Based on their campaign rhetoric and official position papers, both candidates say they support our space program for all the good reasons we[…]

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