Orion EFT-1

I was lucky enough to attend the Exploration Flight Test 1 for the new Orion capsule as part of a NASA Social. The day before the first attempt, we were given a behind the scenes look at Orion and the Kennedy Space Center. We had a chance to drive out to near SLC 37B for […]

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This private spaceplane now proudly hangs in the National Air and Space Museum’s Milestones of Flight. On June 21, 2004, it made the first privately funded human spaceflight. Later that year, on October 4, it won the Ansari X Prize, by reaching 100 kilometers (the Karman line) in altitude twice in a two-week period.

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The X-15 is often referred to as the “forgotten” space vehicle. Two of its test flights exceeded 100km in altitude (or the Karman line), which is the established boundary of space. Both of those flights were with the X-15-3 (56-6672), which crashed on November 15, 1967.  The X-15-1(56-6670) is on display in Washington, D.C. at the […]

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Forever Remembered

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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