NASA’s “Failure is not an option” started after the Apollo 1 fire. Too late for Gus Grissom.
Space Station Happy New Year. “May the force be with you.”
“Three to beam up”. To compare Star Trek with ISS here, I need to stretch a bit.
“Kirk to Enterprise …” Star Trek vs. ISS computers. Who wins Round 2?
“Earl Grey, hot.” The ISS is alreay breaking in prototypes of the tech Star Trek’s ships will employ in 2265 AD.
“These are the voyages”. Just how correct is Star Trek’s “future” so far?
From Luke Skywalker’s “remotes” to Star Trek’s Mr. Data, science fiction is fast becoming fact on the International Space Station.
There’s a boatload of scientific research experiments currently being done on ISS. NASA doesn’t publicize this much, but I found the range and number of them staggering!
We’ve been sending humans into near-Earth orbit for over 50 years now. Can’t we just move on?
Is the Solar System freely available for colonization? Are the asteroids fair game for commercial mining? Maybe. Maybe not.
When someone asks, “What are we spending taxpayers money on human spaceflight?”, what’s your answer?
Shuttle Astronaut Mike Mullane has some thoughts about the IBM team who built the Shuttle onboard flight software.
The people who designed, tested and supported the Space Shuttle Flight Software were the most exceptional technical team I’ve encountered.
Space Shuttle is ended. The future of near-earth manned spaceflight is now in the hands of private industry. As I believe it should be.
Was Space Shuttle worth it? The International Space Station. The Hubble Space Telescope. How do you set a value on something that humans had only dreamed about?
Guest blogger veteran Shuttle astronaut Mike Mullane weighs in on the severe impact damage to Atlantis on his own 1988 flight (STS-27) and to Columbia’s disastrous flight in 2003 (STS-107)
As with Apollo 13, NASA “can do amazing things when they’ve got their back against the wall”. But for Space Shuttle Columbia they didn’t try.
Richard Feynman’s question about Space Shuttle Challenger was, “What is the cause of management’s fantastic faith in the machinery?”
On the eve of the Space Shuttle Challenger launch the Morton Thiokol engineering team protested the decision to launch. They were overridden by NASA
Space Shuttle Discovery’s flight in 1984 dumped an unexpected “payload” in orbit.
After Space Shuttle Discovery recovered from a dangerous launch abort in June 1984, the second try was flawless and spectacular.
The maiden voyage of Space Shuttle Discovery was scheduled for June 25, 1984. The first-ever main engine shutdown launch abort scared the crap out of us.
Mike Mullane offered me a personal memento from Judy from their first Space Shuttle flight. I still have it.
Shuttle astronaut Judy Resnik was a pilot, a classical pianist, and had a PhD in Electrical Engineering. And she was a terrific emissary for NASA, as I found out when I invited her to speak to the IBM Shuttle Software team.
Astronaut Mike Mullane knew Shuttle was an experimental spaceship sitting atop highly volatile explosives. When NASA allowed civilians to ride they were implying it was safe when it was not. Unfortunately, he was right.
Our Shuttle flight software team had the “distinction” of hearing Walter Cronkite describe, live and on national television, whether we’d done our work correctly.
I had visions of the Space Shuttle Enterprise getting jostled during separation and colliding with the 747’s vertical stabilizer – which would definitely make for a bad day all around.
The crew of Apollo 8 delivered a special Christmas message from the Moon forty-six years ago this week.
NASA’s John Aaron set high standards for IBM, and Space Shuttle onboard software came closer to “error-free” than any large, complex software ever built.
I met with John Aaron to explain why IBM couldn’t fulfill a Shuttle software contract that required zero errors. His answer changed my mind.