October 25, 2014

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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

* This is a slightly reworked post from 2006. You'll pardon me reusing old content for such an emotional day/event. It took the twenty year anniversary (2006) to bring the first loss of … [ More ]

What's NASA done for you lately? Oh, you mean apart from keeping a continuously inhabited orbiting laboratory (International Space Station) in productive operation for over 12 … [ More ]

Original Mural at Johnson Space Center in Houston. 
Photo Credit: NASA

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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 >>

Our Lost Astronauts, in Memoriam

* This is a slightly reworked post from 2006. You'll pardon me reusing old content for such an emotional day/event. It took the twenty year anniversary (2006) to bring the first loss of U.S. astronauts in flight back into the public's consciousness. NASA’s Space Shuttle Challenger (STS-51L) was lost 73 seconds after lift-off on January 28, 1986, the victim of faulty O-ring seals on its Solid … Read more >>

Original Mural at Johnson Space Center in Houston. 
Photo Credit: NASA

Free Stuff from NASA – 2013 Edition

What's NASA done for you lately? Oh, you mean apart from keeping a continuously inhabited orbiting laboratory (International Space Station) in productive operation for over 12 years (since November 2, 2000,) monitoring probes sent to the farthest reaches of our Solar System (Voyager 1 & Voyager 2), and a probe arriving at Jupiter in 2016 (Juno), launching countless scientific … Read more >>