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The redemption of Gus Grissom

| July 26, 2021 | 18 Comments
The redemption of Gus Grissom

Lieutenant Colonel Virgil “Gus” Grissom, USAF was many things in life. He died at the all-too-young age of 40 in the disastrous Apollo 1 capsule fire in 1967 along side Lieutenant Colonel Ed White, USAF (the first American to walk in space) and Lieutenant Commander Roger Chaffee, USN. Before that, Gus had been an aviation […]

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Michael Collins, USAF Maj Gen and Apollo 11 crewman, dead age 90

| April 28, 2021 | 14 Comments
Michael Collins, USAF Maj Gen and Apollo 11 crewman, dead age 90

ninja wanted to make us all aware of the passing of a legendary figure in the Apollo moon landing program. Michael Collins, among many things in life, was the man left in lunar orbit alone as the command module (CM) pilot while mission commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module (LM) pilot Buzz Aldrin flew down […]

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Heavier than Air Flight Completed on Mars

| April 19, 2021 | 13 Comments
Heavier than Air Flight Completed on Mars

  Perseverance’s drone helicopter successfully flew 10 feet above the Martian surface for 39.1 seconds. The helicopter weighs 4 pounds and its rotors spun 2500+ revolutions per minute. The helicopter carried with it a piece of fabric from the craft that the Wright brothers flew 117 years ago. From CNBC: “Now, 117 years after the […]

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Space…. the Ultimate Frontier

| February 12, 2021 | 28 Comments
Space…. the Ultimate Frontier

Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are squabbling over who gets to have the “best” spot in satellite orbits for the foreseeable future. Rocketman Musk has already launched his Starlink satellite setup couple of months ago, and Bezos is working on his very own version of essentially the same thing. He stepped down from his position […]

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Pluto, come home!

| November 24, 2020 | 5 Comments
Pluto, come home!

“Houston, we have a problem.” Pluto is a complex and mysterious world with mountains, valleys, plains, craters, and perhaps glaciers. Discovered in 1930, Pluto was long considered our solar system’s ninth planet. But after the discovery of similar intriguing worlds deeper in the distant Kuiper Belt, icy Pluto was reclassified as a dwarf planet. Growing […]

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Small asteroid becomes closest ever seen passing Earth: NASA

| August 19, 2020 | 7 Comments
Small asteroid becomes closest ever seen passing Earth: NASA

This NASA/JPL/ZTF/Caltech Optical Observatories handout image obtained on August 18, 2020 shows asteroid 2020 QG (the circled streak in the center), which came closer to Earth than any other nonimpacting asteroid on record While I’m told size matters, “nonimpacting” is the key term here. Don’t really care about gross tonnage as long as they keep […]

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I’d Like To Buy a Rocket Ship and Move Them Out To Space….

| August 9, 2020 | 18 Comments
I’d Like To Buy a Rocket Ship and Move Them Out To Space….

NASA is having it rough these days, trying to search for astronomical terms that will not offend people, e.g., “dwarf galaxy” meaning smaller than usual galaxy, and Sombrero galaxy, when it does look a lot like a specific style of chapeau. https://thepostmillennial.com/nasa-wants-to-redefine-cosmic-terms-to-avoid-offending-people “The space agency only mentioned the “Eskimo Nebula” and “Siamese Twins Galaxy” in […]

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SpaceX crew returns to Earth, splashes down in Gulf

| August 3, 2020 | 7 Comments
SpaceX crew returns to Earth, splashes down in Gulf

“Thank you for flying SpaceX” – Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken return to Earth Two American astronauts have splashed down, as the first commercial crewed mission to the International Space Station returned to Earth. Doug Hurley’s and Bob Behnken’s capsule hit the water at about 14:48 EDT (19:48 BST; 18:48 GMT). The SpaceX Dragon Capsule […]

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