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Friday, July 21, 2017

Horatio Hatchblower


Gus really wasn't squirmy, but the long-term ironies of his 1st spaceflight did "in the final analysis" prevent him from evaluating "the moon in terms understandable to other men" like Neil did.

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July 21, 2017 in Mars, Bitches! | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Monday, July 17, 2017

And I Still Call Her 'Buzz' In My Mind


How do I know it's almost Sadie's birfday?  Today was 11's launch.  (CBS fascists have disabled embedding, so NASA's HD is on tap, but click the link for Cronkite and crew.)

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July 17, 2017 in Mars, Bitches! | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Why Do I Have To Wait Four Days?

Juno flew by the Red Spot a few hours ago, but I can't see pics until Bastille Day?  Thanks, Trump!

Oh, have I been following Juno for a while?  Naturally, Jupiter's my fave, as you well know...

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July 10, 2017 in Mars, Bitches! | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Sunday, July 02, 2017

It's Been A Long Way

But we're here.

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* 14th Blegiversary: wanna help feed our oxen? *

July 2, 2017 in Family Life, Mars, Bitches! | Permalink | Comments (6)

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Saturday, June 03, 2017

Looks Like A Beauty


First American spacewalk on this mission, launched on this date!

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June 3, 2017 in Mars, Bitches! | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Why does Rice play Texas?


What a loser.

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May 25, 2017 in Mars, Bitches! | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Not Lost In Space


We is go, and we is paving the way, Charlie.

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May 18, 2017 in Mars, Bitches! | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Friday, May 05, 2017

This is Freedom Seven


The fuel is go, 1.2g cabin at 14 psi, oxygen is go...

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May 5, 2017 in Mars, Bitches! | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

The First 534 Days

I'll bet Astronaut Whitson wishes she could stay up there until 2020:

President Donald Trump, his daughter, Ivanka, and NASA astronaut Kate Rubins will call NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson from the Oval Office on Monday to congratulate Whitson on her record-breaking stay on the International Space Station.

NASA says Whitson on Monday will officially set the US record for most cumulative days in space, surpassing astronaut Jeff Williams' record of 534 days.
Whitson arrived at the space station for her current stint on November 19, 2016, and is due to return to Earth in September.
 
 
Whitson also is the first woman to command the space station; she has commanded it twice. Her first stint as commander was in April 2008 and she's commanding the current crew.
She also holds the record for most spacewalks by a female astronaut. Whitson took her eighth spacewalk in March.
Whitson's 20-minute call with President Trump will air live on NASA Television and will be streamed on the agency's website and Facebook page at 10 a.m. ET.

At least Trump hasn't killed everything that is good at NASA yet, like Nixon did...

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April 23, 2017 in Mars, Bitches! | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Looking At The Comet Bennett


Just before the problem.

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April 13, 2017 in Mars, Bitches! | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

We know. Sit down.


They've got a man up there. It's Gagarin.

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April 12, 2017 in Mars, Bitches! | Permalink | Comments (1)

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Ken Mattingly Was Glad To Be Re-accommodated


Nobody dragged him away from 13, beaten and bloody.

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April 11, 2017 in Mars, Bitches! | Permalink | Comments (1)

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Sunday, April 09, 2017

Enter The Heroes


Even though so far they had done nothing more than show up for a press conference...

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April 9, 2017 in Mars, Bitches! | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Trump: "Have you heard of Peggy Whiston? I’m shocked!"


Let's go outside for a walk!  #RecordBreaking8thEVA

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March 30, 2017 in Mars, Bitches!, Soaking In Patriarchy | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Some (Wo)men Are Unsinkable


Godspeed, Molly Brown.

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March 23, 2017 in Mars, Bitches! | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

The Harmony of the World

 Johannes Kepler, Harmonicus Mundi (1619):

[I]f you want the exact moment in time, it was conceived mentally on 8th March in this year one thousand six hundred and eighteen, but submitted to calculation in an unlucky way, and therefore rejected as false, and finally returning on the 15th of May and adopting a new line of attack, stormed the darkness of my mind. So strong was the support from the combination of my labour of seventeen years on the observations of Brahe and the present study, which conspired together, that at first I believed I was dreaming, and assuming my conclusion among my basic premises.

He kinda sorta copped to his error, yet Kepler bragged:

Now, eighteen months after the first light, three months after the true day, but a very few days after the pure Sun of that most wonderful study began to shine, nothing restrains me; it is my pleasure to taunt mortal men with the candid acknowledgment that I am stealing the golden vessels of the Egyptians to build a tabernacle to my God from them, far, far away from the boundaries of Egypt. If you forgive me, I shall rejoice; if you are enraged with me, I shall bear it. See, I cast the die, and I write the book. Whether it is to be read by the people of the present or of the future makes no difference: let it await its reader for a hundred years, if God Himself has stood ready for six thousand years for one to study Him.

It takes a bit of ego to try understand the Book of Creation...

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March 8, 2017 in Mars, Bitches! | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Cosmonaut Sean Spicer

I applaud the WH's dedication to keeping everything short and simple.  I'm very excited to hear how they will improve on the Space Shuttle to get America back into orbit without relying on Russians.

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March 8, 2017 in Mars, Bitches! | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Descent Into Hell

March 7, 1986, some grim NASA news:

The water was murky, swirling from surface winds, keeping divers Terry Bailey and Mike McAllister from seeing more than an arm’s reach in front of them. They had been diving for days, recovering Challenger’s debris, and, now, on this dive, they had only six minutes left in their tanks.

They were about 100 feet down, moving across the seafloor, when they almost bumped into what at first appeared to be a tangle of wire and metal. Nothing that unusual, nothing they hadn’t seen on many dives before.

Then, they saw it. A spacesuit, full of air, legs floating toward the surface. There’s someone in it, Terry Bailey thought.

No, that’s not right, he admonished himself. Shuttle astronauts do not wear pressurized spacesuits during powered flight. They wear jumpsuits. They carry along two pressure suits if they should be needed for a repair spacewalk.

He turned to his partner, Mike McAllister. They just looked at each other and thought, “Jackpot.” This is what we’ve been looking for. The crew cabin.

Low on air, the two divers made a quick inspection, marked the location with a buoy and returned to their boat to report the find.

Early the next morning, the USS Preserver recovery ship put to sea. The divers began their grim task of recovering the slashed and twisted remains of Challenger’s crew cabin and the remains of its seven occupants.

Are our tremors to measure the Omnipotence?

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March 7, 2017 in Mars, Bitches! | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Saturday, March 04, 2017

Occupants In The Capsule


Astrounauts would be a redundant component...

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March 4, 2017 in Mars, Bitches! | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Human Spaceflight Requires Skilled Humans

Space tourists are gonna be hard pressed to fix things when they go to shit like during Gemini VIII, Gemini XII, Apollo 13, etc...

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March 4, 2017 in Mars, Bitches! | Permalink | Comments (0)