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John Glenn Returns to Space--
The Right Stuff, Well-Seasoned
I had a heckuva good time covering Glenn's return to space with a live broadcast, streamed to the web and beyond, for 7amNews & NZNetNews! As an old "space hand" who began covering the space program in the 1970's, and wound up as part of NASA's launch team, that day was an incredible, heart-warming thrill.
And, if you think that Glenn's return to space was awesome....go check out the movie "Space Cowboys," just a reminder that in today's world...you're never too old to fly your dreams!
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Am. Radio Relay League
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SATPASSES: excellent site for predicted Shuttle, &satellite passes over US
NASA - Light the fires of your imagination!
Liftoff for adventure at Kennedy Space Center, FL
I'm proud to say that I am a former NASA Public Information Officer, KSC Launch Team.
I hope this page will share the adventure and the everyday benefits from space exploration.
Here's the latest science news!
Attention launch crew & science team members:
weather briefings are posted on the Starbase 1 Meteorological Deck
International Space Station & Mir
With Mir finally de-orbiting in March, here's a look back at how I called it a year and a half ago.
Read the full text of the Inspector General's letter
As published by 7amNews Aug. 27, 1999
For the first time in almost a decade, no humans are keeping an eye on Earth
from above, as the Mir space station ghosts overhead. Late tonight, Mir's
final long-duration crew made it safely back to Earth after an emotional
onboard farewell ceremony earlier today ,celebrating Mir for its 13 and
one-half years of service.
Cosmonauts Viktor Afanasyev and Sergei Avdeyev and Frenchman Jean-Pierre
Haignere landed safely near Arkalyk in Kazakhstan at 8:35 p.m. EDT. They are
most likely the last crew that will live in Mir before its eventual de-orbit
and fiery descent back to Earth next year.
The Soviet reluctance to give up Mir was clear today as the cosmonauts
readied Mir for what may be a closeout crew early next year. They repeatedly
stressed that Mir was being left in "excellent condition" for any one that
might come after them to work and study in space.
Soviet financial woes and multiple onboard Mir accidents, some potentially
fatal, have created an ongoing political and emotional struggle for the
Russians. Although they've repeatedly said they are committed to the new
International Space Station, due to be crewed next year, they've continued
to try and find the money to keep Mir aloft. Even at this late date, with
de-orbit and destruct plans in hand, the reluctance to give up their
galactic outpost is obvious.
Seven American astronauts have served onboard Mir over the last few years,
along with crew members from several other nations. However, the ailing Mir'
s litany of failures, which have included an onboard fire, a collision with
a supply vessel, computer failures, and problems with oxygen supply, at one
point almost stopped astronaut David Wolf from being sent for his tour
aboard the outpost.
Ironically, the abandonment of Mir as a manned space station could impact
Russia's struggling economy as space workers are laid off. Already, some
ground controllers sometimes go for up to half a year without pay, and wind
up moonlighting in other jobs. Many of the launch, landing, and control
crews now will no longer be needed.
copyright 1999 7amNews & P.Phillips
to NASA expressing safety concerns about Mir
Those of us long affiliated with humankind's reach into space have strong, and often nostalgic, feelings, about Mir and what it accomplished. One of my great treasures are 2 signed pictures, one taken while working in orbit, from my friend Valery Polyakov, Russian cosmonaut.
The International Space Station: A New Scientific City is Space is Born
But, not matter what the sentiment, the fact is that Russia's political and economic woes signalled an end to this era; and it's lucky we are that the ending comes before tragedy. I'll salute Mir, and its gallant accomplishments, when she returns to Earth, but I'll always breathe a sigh of relief that perhaps now, without divided financial obligations and loyalties, Russia's power structure can fully sign on to the International Space Station for the betterment of all.
From the databanks: my own September, 1997 editorial about space-age trailer trash, beagles, and dangers of the Mir space station.
MSNBC Space Stations Portal
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