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- More info on tonight's program at the Rice Space Institute - see you there! rsi.blogs.rice.edu/files/2014/09/… 3 hours ago
- Trying to observe a meteor shower from the suburbs of a large city is a lesson in futility. Anybody see something? 11 hours ago
- Tomorrow night 7 PM Kelli Gerardi, James Muncy, Charles Miller - the future of Space Exploration, Rice U, Duncan Hall - see you there #RSI 21 hours ago
- Practicing for Disaster wp.me/p10D7T-6C 23 hours ago
- Glad to be back in Houston! 1 day ago
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Even though we sometimes hated them, the training teams that prepared mission control and the astronauts for every flight are real heroes. Without their efforts, all of us flight controllers would have believed we knew everything there was to know … Continue reading
In the early days of rocketry, when subsystems reliability was low, hard experience led designers to add redundancy for critical functions where they could. Redundancy comes at a cost: increased weight, increased complexity, unintended interactions, complex schemes to manage the … Continue reading
Calling it Rocket Science is, of course, a misnomer. Science provided the background but today it is definitely Rocket Engineering. Scientists and Engineers mix together like, well, cats and dogs. Friendly détente some days, not so much other days. … Continue reading
Some time back I started to tell the story of the most interesting shuttle launch: STS-93. I think it is time to return to that topic. To understand what happened, some background is necessary. If this is too engineering-geeky for … Continue reading
When I first heard that the Houston Grand Opera proposed to produce an opera about the Columbia disaster, I was appalled. If HGO wanted a spaceflight opera, it would better be the moon landing of Apollo 11; or the … Continue reading
“I started out as a child” – William H. Cosby, Jr., Ed.D. I have been ruined by the timing of my childhood. Grew up with the space race; 3 years old when Sputnik launched, 7 when Gagarin and Shepard flew … Continue reading