One Giant Loss – Neil Armstrong Dead At 82

If you know anything at all about me, you’ll know that I’m a nut for the space program. You’ll also know what a sad day this is for space nuts all around the world… R.I.P Neil. You will be sorely missed! Thanks for the graphic Christian! I want ice water. Related: The Final Frontier More…

RIP Neil Armstrong

Originally posted on The Friggin Loon:
The first man to set foot on the Moon has died from heart surgery complications at 82.  Neil Armstrong, who commanded the Apollo 11, will be most remembered for his first words as he stepped from the spacecraft onto the moon “That’s one small step for  man, one giant…

Thank Goodness For Mission Control!

I ran across this wonderful video over at, of all places, the TTC Shelbyville – Technical Blog. I guess it’s once a geek, always a geek. It’s a great look at how some pretty quick thinking helped save the day after a lightning strike during the launch of the Apollo 12 mission to the moon.…

Earth Day 2012!

Today is Earth Day, April 22, 2012, a day on which we remind ourselves of the need to cherish, respect, and preserve our planet, the only home humanity has ever known. So much memorable imagery has been associated with Earth Day over the 43 years since it was first conceived, including this unforgettable “Iron Eyes…

Rocket Man!

With all the much deserved recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, most of us have completely ignored the fact that we’ve just passed the 50th anniversary of the actual start of America’s manned space program. On April 9th, 1959, NASA announced The Mercury Seven: the seven men to make up their…

The Apollo 11 – Ayn Rand Connection

Considering the number of references that I’ve made to her work, it might suprise some of you to know that I have not, in fact, read every single thing written by Ayn Rand. Trust me, that has a lot more to do with the restraints on my time and money than with any lack of…

Why A Space Program?

In the conclusion of my article honoring America’s space program, The Final Frontier, I said that … my fondest wish is that we’ll someday realize that it’s just not wise to keep all our eggs in this one basket. After all, space is a dangerous place – even when your ship is as big as…

The Final Frontier

As anyone who has read the posts about My Life knows, I’ve been a BIG fan of the space program for just about my entire life. In my very first post in the My Heroes volume of this blog, Inspiration, I included a video of the opening to Star Trek: Enterprise. You know, the one…