Missed Discovery Landing Because I Was Dreaming of Mars

I had to watch Space Shuttle Discovery’s landing online and after the fact, because I was watching Mars Rising, a program about a hypothetical future mission to Mars narrated by William Shatner, on the Science Channel. I am glad that Discovery’s final crew made it home safely, but I hope that we can begin settingContinue reading “Missed Discovery Landing Because I Was Dreaming of Mars”

Best Source of American Space Missions: NASA Human Space Flight Gallery

If you want the best seat in the house for NASA missions, you should visit the NASA Human Space Flight Gallery. When I’m not reading about the brain and science fiction, I like to fall back on my interest in space exploration, and the Human Space Flight Gallery is always at the top of my list.Continue reading “Best Source of American Space Missions: NASA Human Space Flight Gallery”

Learn About the New ISS Inhabitant: Robonaut 2 (or R2)

I am very happy that Space Shuttle Discovery had a successful launch yesterday, but I certainly wish that I could have been there to see it lift off since I have never seen a shuttle launch in person (or any large rocket launches for that matter). Besides the able bodied human crew of Discovery, thereContinue reading “Learn About the New ISS Inhabitant: Robonaut 2 (or R2)”

Kepler Observatory Seeks More Earths and Other Beings – NYTimes.com

I like the way that Dennis Overbye qualifies the work done by the Kepler planet searching satellite: These are science-fiction times. Kepler is only the first step in a process that experts agree will take decades. Both NASA and the European Space Agency have laid plans for a multidecade quest — employing ever more sophisticatedContinue reading “Kepler Observatory Seeks More Earths and Other Beings – NYTimes.com”

Lego Launch Command Sets For Sale

I have decided to sell some of my Lego collection sets including these two from the Launch Command series. They are awesome builds, and I hope that I can find a good home for them. Links to my ebay Buy It Now or Best Offer listings are below each photo. Lego System 6339 Shuttle LaunchContinue reading “Lego Launch Command Sets For Sale”

NASA Speaker Professor Jay Reynolds Visited My Writing Classes Today

Thanks to NASA’s Speakers Bureau, Professor Jay Reynolds of Cleveland State University and the Glenn Research Station agreed to visit my two intro writing classes today to talk about America’s return to the Moon, current research on Mars, and investigations of asteroids and protoplanets, which is what Prof. Reynolds is at the present involved inContinue reading “NASA Speaker Professor Jay Reynolds Visited My Writing Classes Today”

Lego Models of NASA’s Project Constellation, Orion and Altair

Legos return to the Moon! I built the following Lego models of NASA’s Project Constellation spacecraft and lunar lander when I would take breaks from my PhD exam reading schedule. The Orion spacecraft includes a detachable solid rocket booster, and it can be mated to the Altair lunar lander craft. Orion carries three minifig astronauts,Continue reading “Lego Models of NASA’s Project Constellation, Orion and Altair”

NASA and the Postmodern

Yesterday, I picked up my Grandpa Gerald’s wedding ring from Kent Jeweler’s after it was resized. In preparation for wearing a ring all the time, which I am not accustomed to, I am wearing my high school class ring. Why am I doing this? It’s something that I’ve learned from NASA and their preparation forContinue reading “NASA and the Postmodern”

Response to Suspending Funding for NASA

Earlier today, a friend from high school suggested on Facebook that the United States should suspend operations at NASA and use that money to pay off the national deficit. Even though it was early in the morning and I had a lot of reading to do, I felt compelled to respond to this intriguing proposal.Continue reading “Response to Suspending Funding for NASA”