Schedule vs. safety: The Honest John Story

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Published on: August 19, 2012

Like your first love, you never forget your first model rocket launch. And therein hangs a tale, which among my friends and family is known as the Honest John story. I was about 11 or 12 years old. My neighbor friends had started flying model rockets and since I already was a true steely-eyed-missile-man-want-to-be, I[…]

The good, the bad and the ugly in space this week

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Published on: August 12, 2012

I have some things to say about a variety of topics so let’s call this week’s Orbital Inclinations the good, the bad and the ugly in space. The good of course was the successful landing of the Mars rover Curiosity. Like every good self-respecting space cadet I stayed up most of the night to watch[…]

Curiosity’s landing on Mars: We wait for good news

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Published on: August 5, 2012

POSTED ON SUNDAY, AUG 5 AT 3:00 PM EDT. By this time tomorrow the nation, indeed the entire world, will be thinking one of two things about NASA and our space program. The better of the two is this: NASA is the greatest thing since sliced bread; a world class organization that, with its legendary[…]

Remembering former KSC Director, Lt. Gen. Forrest McCartney

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Published on: July 22, 2012

This past week the space community lost one of its most respected leaders with the passing of retired Air Force Lt. General Forrest McCartney after a tragic but mercifully brief battle with cancer. It was Gen. McCartney who led the Kennedy Space Center through the dark days following the Challenger disaster, serving as KSC director[…]

Space and the election: Not impressed so far

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Published on: July 8, 2012

With the Independence Day holiday behind us, and this being a presidential election year, we can expect to hear an increasing amount of campaign rhetoric from both Democrats and Republicans as we get closer to the big day in November. To what extent our space program will be a topic in the national debate remains[…]

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[…]

Dragon at ISS: Shedding a tear over one heckuva deal

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Published on: May 27, 2012

Early Friday morning when astronaut Don Pettit grabbed hold of the SpaceX Dragon capsule with the space station’s robot arm, and I sat at my desk staring at the picture-perfect image on my monitor, a surge of emotions washed over me. It was an incredible moment, when a private company had launched its own rocket[…]

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