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And then there were none: John Glenn, last of the Mercury 7, dies at 95

December 11, 2016
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And then there were none:  John Glenn, last of the Mercury 7, dies at 95

As a kid growing up on a Kansas farm miles from nowhere I was often kept company by brilliant night skies. And during college there were many a summer nights that I’d throw the sleeping bag in the trunk and make that drive to the old McCoy place just in time to watch that...

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Apollo 11 at 45: Can our past save our future?

July 16, 2014
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Apollo 11 at 45:  Can our past save our future?

The place was a generic piece of concrete known only as launch pad 39A, the date was July 16, 1969, and the time was 9:32 a.m. EDT. At that moment, the valves opened, liquid oxygen and kerosene started to mix, and 7.6 million lbs of thrust began separating man made machine from its Earthly...

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While China soars to the Moon, Obama keeps America grounded on Earth

December 14, 2013
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While China soars to the Moon, Obama keeps America grounded on Earth

The wind howls round my library window, its bitter cold throwing itself against the glass constantly searching for a way to enter the confines of warmth and peace. The sky is overcast, the ridge line of trees to the north barely visible as the frozen rain paints itself onto the landscape one pellet at...

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On 40th anniversary, Apollo 17/Cernan still inspires

December 14, 2012
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On 40th anniversary, Apollo 17/Cernan still inspires

Today is the 40th anniversary of Apollo 17 commander Eugene Cernan becoming the last human to imprint his presence upon the surface of the moon. Sadly, millions of Americans will go through today knowing neither of the man nor the significance. Since that day, we have added over 3 billion people to our planetary population...

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Atlantis, NASA, and Obama’s ‘long, downhill slide to mediocrity’

July 9, 2011
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Atlantis, NASA, and Obama’s ‘long, downhill slide to mediocrity’

When OV-104 Atlantis returns from it’s last mission in the coming days it will mark more than just the end of the shuttle program. It will mark more than just the end of an era. It will mark the beginning of the disamntling of an infrastructure that took more than half a century to...

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