November 24, 2014

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Hopefully by now, even if you do not generally follow "space news," you are aware that humanity achieved something truly incredible on Wednesday, November 12, at 17:03 CET (Central European … [ More ]

Hang On, Grasshopper! Image Source: My brother, Thomas W. Blackburn IV (@ItinerantMonk)

Five years ago today, I flew to Florida to witness my first space launch, the liftoff of Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-129. Aboard the Shuttle were NASA astronauts Charlie … [ More ]

Some of the 100 Twitter users invited by NASA to attend the launch of STS-129 Space Shuttle Atlantis. Photo by Paul Thompson (@FlyingPhotog)

It's my great honor to share my review of The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm, the first children's book written by Reading Rainbow's LeVar Burton, and co-written by Susan Schaefer Bernardo, … [ More ]

The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm

The XPRIZE's mission is to make the impossible possible, as it did starting with the US$10,000,000 Ansari XPRIZE for private spaceflight awarded to Scaled Composites for SpaceShipOne in … [ More ]

This article was written for NYCAviation.com, and is reprinted here with permission. With a little help, a space shuttle took to the skies briefly on August 14 in Houston, Texas. … [ More ]

Shuttle Carrier Aircraft NASA905 & Shuttle Independence

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Some of the 100 Twitter users invited by NASA to attend the launch of STS-129 Space Shuttle Atlantis. Photo by Paul Thompson (@FlyingPhotog)

NASA’s First Launch Tweetup (STS-129) – 5 Year Anniversary

Five years ago today, I flew to Florida to witness my first space launch, the liftoff of Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-129. Aboard the Shuttle were NASA astronauts Charlie Hobaugh ("Scorch"), Butch Wilmore, Leland Melvin (@Astro_Flow), Randy Bresnik, Michael Foreman (@foreman_mike), and Robert Satcher (@Astro_Bones). The trip, made possible by NASA's tweetup program (which began … Read more >>

The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm

LeVar Burton’s New Book, “The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm”

It's my great honor to share my review of The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm, the first children's book written by Reading Rainbow's LeVar Burton, and co-written by Susan Schaefer Bernardo, with illustrations by Courtenay Fletcher. This beautifully-illustrated 32-page hardcover book will be available for purchase beginning October 7, 2014. I must confess when I first learned the title of the book, … Read more >>

Global Learning XPRIZE – Reading, Writing, & Numeracy Campaign

The XPRIZE's mission is to make the impossible possible, as it did starting with the US$10,000,000 Ansari XPRIZE for private spaceflight awarded to Scaled Composites for SpaceShipOne in 2004. Since then, XPRIZE has continued to spur innovation in areas such as ultra-fuel efficient cars, oil-cleanup technology, as well as ways to return to the Moon, address ocean acidification, and revolutionize … Read more >>

Shuttle Carrier Aircraft NASA905 & Shuttle Independence

Rise of Independence at Space Center Houston

This article was written for NYCAviation.com, and is reprinted here with permission. With a little help, a space shuttle took to the skies briefly on August 14 in Houston, Texas. Space Shuttle Independence was hoisted by the smallest of Mammoet Holding’s cranes, a 440 ton behemoth stabilized by 980,000 pounds of counterweights (more than the International Space Station would weigh on … Read more >>