Saturday, July 9, 2011

Space & Shuttle Memories, pt 1

How to summarize 30 years of memories?

My father joined the Air Force when I was too small to remember.  For his first assignment, we were stationed at Scott AFB, IL.  The story as I remembered it through my schooldays was that when I was 4 years old, the space shuttle came for an air show.  I think I remember my dad taking us to watch the airplane land with the orbiter piggy-back.  I clearly remember going to the air show that year, walking around the tarmac.  Many of the big aircraft, we were allowed to walk through.  The shuttle was roped off to a wide distance.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Follow Friday: Spaceflight Now

If you aren't on right now, I suggest you get there soonest.  Their Mission Status Center has the latest news on the final Space Shuttle launch, which as of this writing is targeted for 11:26 a.m. EDT on Friday, July 8, 2011.  (That should be today, if this posts as scheduled.)  If you have the right software, the Mission Status Center will include an audio/video feed.  I usually leave that on mute until the end of the hold.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Shuttle Retirement

USA Today posted a very good summary article on the Space Shuttle program and its wrap-up, that lines up with many of my thoughts on the subject.  (Unfortunately, the URL seems to have some very frustrating timeout features that make it difficult to read the entire article.  I had to click on "Share this" in order to keep the story up long enough to read.)