Sid Champagne and Emily Perry and the 2012 Harry Kolcum Award

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Published on: November 13, 2012

Spaceflight is a team sport that takes more than just skilled engineers and technicians to win the game. We need managers and accountants, mechanics and janitors, clerks and cooks. And we need people skilled at telling others about what we do here, and why it is so important. Harry Kolcum told the story of launch[…]

Election result: A bumpy ride still ahead for space policy

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Published on: November 10, 2012

As a lifelong fan of the Minnesota Vikings, an NFL team that has been to the Super Bowl four times and never won the big one, and a team that is well known for looking good and scoring well early in the game, only to fall behind and give it up to lose at the[…]

Shuttle Atlantis is cool, Felix Baumgartner can jump in a lake

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Published on: November 3, 2012

Space Shuttle Atlantis arrived at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Friday after a day-long parade through the streets of America’s rocket ranch that concluded with an unforgettable evening fireworks display. Eight years after the decision was made to end the Shuttle program, at long last, Enterprise, Discovery, Endeavour, and now Atlantis — all[…]

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[…]

KSC’s Top Ten Accomplishments

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Published on: September 22, 2012

Before the Kennedy Space Center – or even NASA – officially existed, a team of expert managers, engineers and technicians were making history on Florida’s Space Coast, involved as they were with our nation’s early missile and rocket launches. They would go on to create KSC and call it home, laying the foundation for the[…]

The firsts and lasts of Neil Armstrong and Space Shuttle Endeavour

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Published on: September 15, 2012

We live in a world that some might describe as having a bi-polar disorder. We are given choices between Coke or Pepsi, hamburgers or hot dogs, Target or Wal-Mart, Vikings or Packers. More seriously, we are faced with good and evil, the rich and the poor, and the living and the dying. And for every[…]

NASA’s first A is for Aeronautics and don’t forget it!

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Published on: September 8, 2012

We should never forget that the first A in NASA stands for Aeronautics, and that research into all things aviation is something NASA and its predecessor organization the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics – the NACA, not NACKA, but the N.A.C.A. – has been doing for nearly 100 years. I just spent the past two[…]

Remembering Neil Armstrong

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Published on: August 26, 2012

As the years go by, and we all get older, it’s inevitable that the heroes many of us grew up with will pass on. Those of us who work within the space community have seen that fact hit close to home too many times during the past few weeks as we’ve been forced to say[…]

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