I recently had the opportunity to visit Kennedy Space Center again. NASA and the families of the crews of space shuttle missions STS-51L and STS-107 have collaborated to create a new, permanent memorial designed to honor the astronauts, pay tribute to the orbiters Challenger and Columbia. As you walk down this hallway, each astronaut is remembered […]Read more "Forever Remembered"
After a long slow barge ride from New Orleans, through the Panama Canal, and eventually Marina Del Rey, the last remaining external fuel tank for the Space Shuttle docked in San Diego. It will stay in port for few days before making the last leg of the journey to Los Angeles, where it will be […]Read more "ET-94"
When the shuttles were retired, the shuttle Endeavour was given to the California Science Center in Los Angeles. We drove up one weekend to go see it. She currently sits in a special hangar, awaiting the other components of the actual display. While the Enterprise and Discovery sit in landing mode, and Atlantis is displayed […]Read more "Endeavour"
One of the many highlights of attending the NASA Social for the Orion EFT-1 was the chance to see Atlantis. Unlike Enterprise and Endeavour, Atlantis is displayed in flight, her cargo doors open and the Canadarm extended. A few months later, I found myself back at KSC, this time with my family. They were truly impressed […]Read more "Atlantis"
I returned to the Udvar-Hazy Museum this summer on the last day of a 10 day DC trip with the family. Sitting the James S. McDonnell Space Hanger, sat the Shuttle, Discovery. It was here that I saw Enterprise over a decade ago. This was the last shuttle on my list to see. In some ways […]Read more "Discovery"
I first saw the Space Shuttle Enterprise on the runway at Edwards Air Force base as it sat on top of the modified 747. A few months later we were at Johnson Space Center, and they were demonstrating the shuttle’s heat tiles, and I remember boasting that I had seen the real shuttle! I would […]Read more "Enterprise"
8/25/12. I thought I would reflect on today’s passing of Neil Armstrong. It is no secret that I am a space geek (hence this blog). I was barely 1 when Neil and Buzz touched down on the Sea of Tranquility. My parents kept me up to watch it (although I don’t recall it). Later, when […]Read more "Godspeed, Neil Armstrong"