|Cover of Leaving Orbit. Image Credit: Amazon.com|
Friday, January 22, 2016
Guest Post by Francis French: Review of "Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight"
Sunday, January 10, 2016
|Astronaut Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom is inserted into his Liberty Bell 7 capsule on the morning of July 21, 1961. He would soon be embroiled in a controversy that lingers to this day. Photo Credit: NASA|
In this installment of “Space Myths Busted,” I'll tackle a myth that somehow still persists to this day despite many attempts to debunk it: On July 21, 1961, shortly after splashdown, a panicked Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom blew the hatch on his Liberty Bell 7 Mercury capsule shortly after an otherwise successful suborbital spaceflight. A clearly freaked-out Grissom then commenced to flail around in the water prior to being picked up by rescue helicopters. Read more after the jump...
Sunday, January 3, 2016
|From NASA: "An overhead view of the Skylab space station cluster in Earth orbit as photographed from the Skylab 4 Command and Service Modules (CSM) during the final fly-around by the CSM before returning home." Photo Credit: NASA|
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
|Into The Black is scheduled to be released on April 19, 2016, shortly after the 35th anniversary of STS-1. Image Credit: Amazon.com|
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
I just finished Rick Houston and Milt Heflin's excellent Go, Flight!: The Unsung Heroes of Mission Control, 1965 - 1992, and HAD to view this movie following the book's take down of it. Read more following the jump...
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
|"He's not heavy, he's my brother": Jim Worden wheels Al Worden around at Al's 50th birthday party in 1982. The wheelchair was a joke. The party took place at a "home for seniors," with Al being wheeled in by a nurse. Photo Credit: Jim Worden|
Sunday, August 30, 2015
|Al Worden's family waves goodbye to him prior to his launch to the Moon in July 1971. He is flanked by crewmembers Dave Scott (front) and Jim Irwin (behind Scott). Photo Credit: NASA|
While you may have heard of his older brother, Jim Worden has, too, had a colorful life and career. Also a pilot, Jim has flown many celebrities around the world, and like his brother, has run into some very interesting characters. Here are some excerpts from Jim Worden's unpublished autobiography, where he discusses the genesis of his passion for aviation, his career, and, of course, stories about his brother's "camping trip" that happened to take him approximately 240,000 miles from Earth. Many thanks to author Francis French for making these excerpts available.