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- Coming back to Houston, Houston, Houston. I've been in cold country so crank down the A/C for me! 1 week ago
- 15 deg here in N Virginia as the sun rises. Back in Colorado my daughter is waking up to 33 deg. Where is all the Washington hot air? 1 week ago
- Thanks @NASASpaceflight for answering that question! 1 week ago
- Leaving chilly Houston for colder Virginia so very early this morning. Ready to review engineering reports and solve a mystery. I hope. 1 week ago
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Today is the day in America that we set aside to count our blessings and give thanks for all the good that is in our lives. So I will set aside my curmudgeonly ways and ignore the future and all … Continue reading
During the summer of 2009, we were working on the history book about the Space Shuttle, ‘Wings in Orbit’. We had hired three summer interns, college students, to help with the book. Their primary assignments were to build the appendices, … Continue reading
Just about exactly 10 years ago I was serving as the Deputy Program Manager for the Space Shuttle Program. Columbia had been lost a year and a half earlier and we were all trying our best to return the Space … Continue reading
It was about a quarter past midnight on July 23, 1999 when the Ralph Roe, the Shuttle Launch Director, told Eileen’s crew that they were go for launch and wished them good luck. The launch, which had been scrubbed late … Continue reading
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