November 9, 2006
In the previous post I focused on Sergey Pavlovich Korolyov, the Chief Designer and brilliant engineer of the Soviet rocket program. In this post I want to talk about Wernher von Braun and his contribution to the American rocket and space program. My thinking is influenced by Cadbury’s book, SpaceRace, as well as my own work as a science educator and talks that I had over many years will a colleague and friend who was very close to the American space program.… Read more
October 24, 2006
I read an interesting article in the New York Times online today entitled NASA Seeks Volunteers to Spend 3 Weeks in Bed (ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Tougher Than You Think). Apparently, according one of the NASA scientists (Dr. Liz Warren)working on the project, its been difficult to find volunteers.
The article intriqued me, so I went to NASA’s website, and found some very interesting things.… Read more
July 17, 2006
Space Shuttle Discovery returned safely to Florida after a really important mission for NASA’s astronaut corp, and the Space Station.
After three space walks, transferring thousands of pounds of supplies, and removing trash, the astronauts “installed new equipment outside of the station, tested technologies and techniques for repairing small areas of damage to the shuttleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s thermal protection system in orbit, and performed an experiment to see if an extension of the shuttleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s robot arm can be used as a work platform without too much sway or wobble.”
NASA will be busy over the next few years as it plans to make at least 16 flights of the shuttle to the Space Station.… Read more
July 4, 2006
It wasn’t the shot heard ’round the world, but for NASA it was an important success in its plan to help finish the contruction of the Space Station. It will take about 15 flights of the Space Shuttle from now until 2010, so today’s flight was important in reaching that goal.
The astronauts looked ready for the historic flight (first on July 4th) as they headed to the Shuttle elevator to be strapped and ready for count-down.… Read more
July 3, 2006
It looks like NASA will be proceed with the launch on July 4 of the Space Shuttle Discovery. It will be the first time that a launch of astronauts has taken place on Independence Day. Let’s hope that it proceeds as the astronauts hope. Imagine getting on that giant rocket twice and have it called off.
I had a very good friend who was very involved in Space Science Education, and he invited me to a launch of the Space Shuttle in 1981.… Read more
March 23, 2006
There has recently been a flurry of letters to editor in the Marietta Daily Journal (Georgia) that were promted by a editorial two weeks ago by a Rev. Price concerning intelligent design. There has also been another subset of letters prompted by a Jeffrey Selman who has for years challenged Cobb County officials (schools and government) on First Amendment issues. For instance, he organized a legal fight against the school district which had authorized placing “evolution is only a theory” stickers on all middle and high school life science and biology texts.… Read more
March 20, 2006
Since late 2004, Dr. James Hanson, Director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, has been prevented from speaking out about the implications of years of research on Global Warming. Hanson, a 30-year veteran NASA scientist, “fell out of favor with the White House” after giving a speech complaining that climate scientists were being muzzled (he also said he was going to vote for Sen.… Read more