Saturday, June 25, 2016
Space Myths Busted: Buran Isn't This New Thing, People Have Known About This For Decades, And No, I Won't Write A Feature-Length Article About It
Sunday, June 5, 2016
Although its images are largely superseded by ones obtained by modern solar observatories (such as NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory), America’s first space station, Skylab, returned some pretty badass images of our closest star for its time, and had a pretty superbadass, human-helmed solar observatory, the first ever (and only, as far as I know) of its kind.
Monday, April 11, 2016
Remembering The World's Greatest All-Electric Flying Machine: An Interview with "Into The Black" Author Rowland White
|Rowland White's book Into The Black launches on Tuesday, April 19th, days after the 35th anniversary of Columbia's iconic first flight. Photo Credit: Touchstone Books/Simon and Schuster|
This Space Available was fortunate to interview White about Into The Black. Note: minor book spoilers included.
Sunday, March 27, 2016
This itty-bitty version doesn't do it justice, but in my estimation, this is one of the most spectacular launch photos of all time (for a larger hi-resolution version, check out this link). The Titan IIIE/Centaur, THE magnificent launch vehicle of the mid-1970s, is seen here lofting one of the decade's iconic spacecraft on course for an unprecedented journey to Mars. In addition, the summer-y, late afternoon pastel colors and Florida palm trees are nice aesthetic touches.
Sunday, February 28, 2016
In my estimation, Mercury Seven astronaut Scott Carpenter has been the target of some rather unfair attacks from many people concerning his performance during his 1962 Aurora 7 orbital mission. That topic merits a whole separate blog post in itself, but to be blunt, Carpenter's own account is best told in his autobiography For Spacious Skies, co-written with editor and writer Kris Stoever (who is also the astronaut's daughter). Out of respect, I think I'll let the man – who left us in 2013 – tell that story himself. While that subject has been somewhat “controversial,” a couple of things cannot be disputed: Carpenter more than earned his place among the greats in spaceflight history, and deserves respect.
Friday, January 22, 2016
Guest Post by Francis French: Review of "Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight"
|Cover of Leaving Orbit. Image Credit: Amazon.com|
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...