This Space Available is going on a hiatus for the time being - but don't despair, the previous posts will always be accessible, and I'm not going anywhere. I am taking a break from this space to focus on a bigger project that will take up all of my time for the next year, and I think fans of this blog will enjoy it.
Until then, you can find me on Facebook, on Space Hipsters. And I will be speaking at Spacefest IX in July, as well. See you there for the time being!
Sunday, March 18, 2018
Saturday, March 10, 2018
John Glenn’s 1966 Rundown
Sunday, February 18, 2018
Saturday, February 3, 2018
|USAF Major Robert H. Lawrence in an undated LIFE photo. Lawrence's life and career would leave resonances, despite both being cut painfully short.|
Sunday, January 7, 2018
|NASA photo, July 18, 1966: "Agena Target Docking Vehicle 5005 is photographed from the Gemini 10 spacecraft during rendezvous in space. The docking adapter is turning towards the spacecraft. Both vehicles are about 24 feet apart."|
“Columbus was right. The world is round.” - John Young following Gemini 10
After Project High Jump and well before he traveled to the Moon twice and commanded Columbia twice, the late John Young, who died January 5th, was one of the astronauts who bridged the gap between the one-man Mercury missions and the much more ambitious Apollo lunar missions. While many tributes and obituaries focus on his status as a moonwalker and/or STS-1’s commander, it’s my opinion that his achievements during 1966’s Gemini 10 mission are almost criminally underrated. Here’s why:
|NASA photo, July 18, 1966: "Astronauts John W. Young (right), command pilot, and Michael Collins (left), pilot, prime crew for the Gemini 10 spaceflight, undergo suiting up operations in the Launch Complex 16 suiting trailer."|
Young In The Driver’s Seat
Saturday, December 23, 2017
|NASA photo, Feb. 1974: "Scientist-astronaut Edward G. Gibson, science pilot for the Skylab 4 mission, demonstrates the effects of zero-gravity as he sails through airlock module hatch."|
On January 21, 1974, Dr. Ed Gibson was hard at work in orbit aboard Skylab, viewing what he characterized as a “moderately active” Sun. He’d been advised what to spot by the previous mission’s science pilot. Gibson wrote in the 1979 NASA publication A New Sun, “[Skylab 3 science pilot] Owen Garriott...had suggested that when a tiny bright point appears on the extreme ultraviolet image of the Sun, it may be an early signal that a flare is beginning.”
Monday, December 18, 2017
A good friend sent over a copy of A House In Space, published in 1976 and written by Henry S.F. Cooper, Jr., with a caveat stating there were parts within it I probably wouldn’t like, and boy, he was right! My personal feelings aside, from a space history standpoint, this book is a total mess and I’m not sure how or why it was published. I guess I’ll start first with the few things I enjoyed about the book.