Sunday, March 18, 2018

Adios (But Not For Long): This Space Available Goes On Hiatus

NASA photo, March 13, 1969: "The Apollo 9 crewmen arrive aboard the USS Guadalcanal as they step from a helicopter to receive a red-carpet welcome. Two of the crewmen salute the crowd of newsmen, Navy and NASA personnel gathered to greet them. Left to right, are astronauts Russell L. Schweickart, David R. Scott, and James A. McDivitt. Splashdown occurred at 12:00:53 p.m. (EST), March 13, 1969, only 4.5 nautical miles from the USS Guadalcanal, prime recovery ship, to conclude a successful 10-day Earth-orbital space mission." 
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!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Ye Olde Space Book Corner: The World Book Year Book, 1967

1962 NASA photo: "Astronaut John H. Glenn Jr. looks into a Celestial Training Device (globe) during training in the Aeromedical Laboratory at Cape Canaveral, Florida." Some of Glenn's comments in a 1967 World Book Year Book piece would prove to be prophetic. 

John Glenn’s 1966 Rundown

The tag line for John Glenn’s piece in the 1967 World Book Year Book, entitled “Focus on Space,” read, “Despite the Gemini successes and the space probes to and around the moon, the year ended with a nagging problem unsolved.” Glenn in his piece provides a nice summary of the then-recently wrapped-up Gemini program, and acknowledges that during 1966, the United States seemed to pull ahead of the Soviets in the “Space Race,” accomplishing goals including useful EVAs, rendezvous, and docking, all aims that were critical during the more complex Apollo lunar missions. Indeed, 1966 was spaceflight’s grandest, most eventful year in its then short history.