Category Archives: My Past

Some old Friends Appear Again

Whenever I hear about asteroid missions or retrievals, I look at the lists for some of the asteroids I researched in my early work. In this latest study searching for asteroids that work well for NASA’s asteroid retrieval mission the … Continue reading

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Asteroid Mission Swirl

Well, Congress has had an early say in the humans-to-captured-asteroid mission, and that say is “No.” It’s stuff like this that’s soured me on political activism. I understand it’s how things get done, but the constant energy required to counter … Continue reading

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Still in the Doldrums

Just haven’t been in the posting mood, though I’ve been quite busy. Earlier-mentioned project proceeds apace, and we’ll see how things develop in the near future. On another front, a collection of short stories that I contributed to is coming … Continue reading

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A Week of sad Anniversaries

Through a bizarre twist, all three of NASA’s accidents causing loss of life to astronauts happened within 7 calendar days of each other. Apollo 1 in 1967, Challenger in 1986, and Columbia in 2003. It was the loss of Columbia … Continue reading

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Mission (more than) Accomplished

The fate of Landsat 5 has been uncertain for a few months. Several recent component failures changed the risk/reward balance for keeping it going. USGS just put out a press release saying they’re going to retire the old girl. She … Continue reading

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It Takes all Types

It’s not only engineers that will take us to the planets, but as this article states, welders and other technical people will be needed as well. My link to this: when I was in high school, I considered going to … Continue reading

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Post Sandy Discussion

Luckily, we held power throughout the storm here at home. All’s well at Space: What Now? Headquarters. It looks like the storm may bring some light to an ongoing problem in the form of our aging weather satellites.

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Two Carrier Flights, Separated by Decades

In 1991, a brash new college graduate was working at Edwards Air Force Base, when he heard that space shuttle Endeavour was flying out of Palmdale. A borrowed zoom lens and a motivated carpool later, on an April morning he … Continue reading

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An Old Friend is Retiring

Right after I got out of the Air Force, I helped a launch team prepare for a spacecraft launch by participating in their simulations.  GOES 11 was gearing up for its mission as a hurricane hunter.  Well, 11 years have … Continue reading

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The What Prepatory Project?

Most of my Air Force Reserve career dealt with headquarters’ concerns about the National Polar-Orbiting Environmental Satellite System or NPOESS.  The program was meant to combine civil and military weather needs into a satellite that would handle both realtime and … Continue reading

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