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.
- Thinking of all the folks down at the DM-2 Flight Readiness Review. It’s always hard to make a judgement. Here are… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 3 days ago
- RT @NASA_Marshall: #NASAMarshall's Robert Polsgrove spent a decade helping prepare @CommercialCrew for human spaceflight — now, he's workin… 3 days ago
- I’ve just finished reading an exhaustive and comprehensive history of the influenza pandemic of 1918. ‘The Great I… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 1 week ago
- RT @NASASpaceflight: Random Shuttle (External Tank) Photo of the Day! Four completed External Tanks lined up at the Michoud Assembly Facil… 1 week ago
- A historic event that may or may not be a good analogy for human spaceflight twitter.com/airandspace/st… 1 week ago
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I was born before Sputnik. Yep, that old. I grew up with the space age – the X planes, the Original 7, JPL sending Ranger to photo-bomb the Moon, JFK and LBJ, the whole enchilada. I was crushed with Mariner … Continue reading
Engineering is the art of modelling materials we do not wholly understand, into shapes we cannot precisely analyze, so as to withstand forces we cannot properly assess, in such a way that the public has no reason to suspect the … Continue reading
The ultimate controversy at the STS-121 Flight Readiness Review was the potential of fatal damage to the space shuttle during launch from foam loss from the External Tank. The possibility of a replay of the loss of Columbia was the … Continue reading
“The popular mind often pictures gigantic flying machines speeding across the Atlantic carrying innumerable passengers in a way analogous to our modern steam ships . . . it seems safe to say that such ideas are wholly visionary and even … Continue reading
I’ve been passionate about space exploration from my earliest memories. According to my mother, Sputnik was event that captured my imagination when I was 3. Well before Apollo I had decided the only career for me was in the space … Continue reading
Returning to the history of the hardest shuttle launch I ever participated in, we earlier visited with the circumstances leading to the delayed launch of STS-121, the second test flight after the loss of Columbia and with the electrical sensor … Continue reading