Op-ed: Without the Moon, There is No Mars

In the spacefaring community, we are facing a question like one that was asked 58 years ago . . . Their question was: “how do we go to the Moon?” Our question today, which we ask as twenty and thirty year olds just like they were, is: “how do we go to Mars?”

Book Review: “The Way of the Explorer” by Edgar Mitchell

Mitchell’s endeavors and beliefs towards mysticism are no longer strange to me, having heard his own explanation for them. Unlike the way some people remember his interests and dedication to them, Mitchell himself does not claim to be a mystic, nor does he insinuate that his experience on Apollo 14 separates him from others on Earth who share the same worldview.

Lecture Summary: Story Musgrave and his Space Photography

*cross-posted from Stardom*
Musgrave exudes an infectious sense of sheer joy and astonishment at the beauty of planet Earth. His descriptions of the photos are interlaced with such exclamations as “I can hardly stand to look at it, it’s so beautiful,” “this was an unbelievable sight,” or “gosh, look at that!”

NASA Social: Wallops Flight Facility

Launches are always made better by meeting people whose work is onboard. Years’ worth of scientific experiments with the potential to change the world were on their way to the International Space Station. The work of everyone at NASA Wallops and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport was taking flight and coming to fruition.

Film Review: First Man

Spoiler Alert
In the theater, you could hear a pin drop. No one wanted to ruin the silence. That insulating, still, and fuzzy silence of those lunar surface scenes creates the otherworldliness for the audience.

First Man: The Panel

In today’s action and superhero devouring pop-culture, I was concerned that studios and producers would butcher history in the name of profit. That belief changed after being present for the First Man panel, and meeting people involved with the film’s creation.

Spacefest IX: Panels and Lectures

Being present while true experts in spaceflight share their insight and experience is a privilege that the public at large, unfortunately, does not have. Spacefest is the best place for that interaction to happen.

Remembering Alan Bean

The conversation I had with Al is, in itself, a great example of what he was like. Though we only spoke briefly, he took all the nervousness out of the interaction, making me feel entirely at ease. He was clearly interested in what I had to say.

Falcon Heavy Part II: The Launch

Just 3 miles (4.8km) away, the vehicle appeared BIG. The explosion blowing out of the engines was nearly as bright as the sun, giving my eyes afterimage spots. Five Million lbf (22.8 MN) of sound, at a low thrust/weight ratio, hit us in our chests at the Turning Basin.

For Anyone Who Believes the Shuttle was a Waste

Growing up, the Shuttle was part of our culture. By dismissing the subjects of those experiences, the credibility and honor of a whole generation of spaceflight fly out the airlock, and young people are turned off the idea of space exploration from the sheer jadedness. They will internalize the belief that the 30-year long Shuttle program was a waste of time.