IndependenceThis blog represents the personal opinions of Wayne Hale only. It does not represent the opinions of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration or Special Aerospace Services, or their clients.
- Just landed at the Lost Wages airport. Reminded of what Ben Kenobi said Mos Eisley 3 days ago
- Nothing like starting the morning with a cup of coffee and a burrito Mexicano! 3 days ago
- STS-93: Dualing computers wp.me/p10D7T-6A 4 days ago
- A thoroughly civilized calm adult discussion between SNC Sirangelo, Boeing Mulholland, and SpaceX Matsumori to close out #ISPCS 2014 4 days ago
- It's hard to be a politician. Sen Heinrich just insulted the Fisher pen company by repeating an old and untrue story - cringe! 4 days ago
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