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  • Apollo 14 astronaut claims peace-loving aliens prevented 'nuclear war' on Earth

    08/15/2015 5:52:12 AM PDT · by PROCON · 62 replies
    foxnews ^ | Aug. 15, 2015
    From “The Day the Earth Stood Still” to “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” to “E.T.,” pop culture is filled with stories about friendly, curious extraterrestrials visiting Earth to learn more about mankind. For Apollo 14 veteran Edgar Mitchell that plotline is less fiction than it is reality. The sixth man to walk the surface of the moon told Mirror online that he believes peace-keeping aliens visited our planet to prevent a nuclear war between Russia and the United States. The idea sounds far-fetched, but Mitchell claims that military insiders viewed strange flying crafts cruising over U.S. missile bases and...
  • 12 year old Daughter of NASA Astronaut missing in Manhattan Beach CA

    07/13/2015 1:49:17 PM PDT · by Yaelle · 58 replies
    The Daily Breeze ^ | 7/13/15 | Larry Altman
    Police officers asked for the public's help today to locate a missing 12-year-old girl who went for a walk on Sunday but never returned. Gabrielle "Gabby" Olivas, daughter of a former NASA astronaut, was without her phone or wallet when she left her home in the 500 block of 36th street at 2:30 pm Sunday. -snip- Gabby's father is former NASA astronaut John Daniel "Danny" Olivas who flew two Space Shuttle missions in 2007 and 2009, and now operates OMS117 Mission Assurance in Manhattan Beach. According to the firm's website, Olivas logged more than 650 hours, 440 earth orbits and...
  • Yuri Gagarin, first human in space, was a devout Christian, says his close friend

    01/20/2015 2:58:06 PM PST · by NEWwoman · 78 replies
    beliefnet - inspire your everyday ^ | April 2011 |
    The first man in outer space 50 years ago believed fervently in the Almighty — even though the atheistic Soviet government put famous words in his mouth that he had looked around at the cosmos and did not see God. Mankind’s first space flight lasted 108 minutes on April 12, 1961. It was the height of the Cold War. Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was proclaimed by the Soviet leadership to have announced, “I went up to space, but I didn’t encounter God.” However, he never uttered those often-quoted words, says a close friend. And it seems that the Soviet Union lied...
  • Revolutionary New Space-Diving Suit Will Rival Anything You’ve Ever Seen In The Movies

    12/26/2014 5:44:39 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 46 replies
    Universe Today ^ | May 22, 2013 | Nancy Atkinson
    Space diving is the next big step beyond sky diving, and it is envisioned as a concept that would allow spaceflight participants a means of escape from a possibly disastrous on-orbit emergency, or perhaps just a new recreational activity for those no longer satisfied with merely jumping out of aircraft. The RL MARK VI would allow high-altitude jumps from near-space, suborbital space, and eventually low Earth orbit itself. [See VIDEO]
  • Former NASA Astronaut Steven Nagel Dies at 67

    08/24/2014 10:23:20 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 12 replies
    Space ^ | Aug 22, 2014 | Robert Z. Pearlman
    NASA astronaut Steven Nagel, who flew four space shuttle missions, died Thursday (Aug. 21). He was 67. Nagel joined the astronaut corps in 1978 with NASA's first group of trainees selected for the space shuttle program.
  • Apollo Astronaut: Climate Alarmism Is the ‘Biggest Fraud in the Field of Science’

    07/04/2014 11:44:09 AM PDT · by xzins · 53 replies
    CNS ^ | July 2, 2014 | Craig Bannister
    97% Climate Consensus ‘Most Nonsensical, Stupid Number in the World’ Climate alarmism is "the biggest fraud in the field of science" and the 97% consensus claim is nonsensical, Apollo 7 astronaut Walter Cunningham tells MRCTV in a preview of his presentation at the upcoming Heartland Institute climate conference, July 7-9. "Since about 2000, I looked farther and farther into it," Col. Cunningham (USMC, Ret.) tells MRCTV in an exclusive interview. "I found that not one of the claims that the alarmists were making out there had any bearings, whatsoever. And, so, it was kind of a no-brainer to come to...
  • Behind the scenes photos of Alan Shepard's space flight. (Very cool)

    05/05/2014 1:19:44 PM PDT · by RIghtwardHo · 21 replies
    io9 ^ | 5/5/2014 | RIghtwardho
    On this day in 1961, Alan B. Shepard Jr. muttered to himself, "Don't f*** up, Shepard...", huddled into the Freedom 7 Mercury capsule, and lifted off to become the first America to reach space. These are the photographs from the historic suborbital flight.
  • Scott Carpenter, Mercury Astronaut Who Orbited Earth, Dies at 88

    10/10/2013 12:59:25 PM PDT · by Borges · 58 replies
    NYT ^ | 10/10/2013 | RICHARD GOLDSTEIN
    <p>M. Scott Carpenter, whose flight into space in 1962 as the second American to orbit the Earth was marred by technical glitches and ended with the nation waiting anxiously to see if he had survived a landing far from the target site, died on Thursday in Denver. He was 88 and one of the last two surviving astronauts of America’s original space program, Project Mercury.</p>
  • Iran mulls Persian cat as next animal astronaut

    09/16/2013 6:49:30 AM PDT · by workerbee · 30 replies
    AP via FOX ^ | 9/16/13
    Iran's hunt for its next animal astronaut may turn to the distinctive and locally named Persian cat, an official said Monday, in another possible step by the country's ambitious aerospace program that has also raised Western concerns about spillover military applications. **SNIP** Earlier this year, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he wanted to be Iran's first astronaut.
  • C. Gordon Fullerton, legendary aviator-astronaut, dies

    08/21/2013 10:22:02 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 21, 2013 | William Harwood
    Former shuttle commander C. (Charles) Gordon Fullerton, veteran of two space missions who also flew NASA's B-52 launch aircraft and was one of only two non-Russians to fly the Tu-144 supersonic transport during a legendary 50-year career, died Wednesday. He was 76.
  • EVA 23: exploring the frontier (Astronaut Parmitano describes helmet filling with water)

    08/21/2013 10:40:03 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 15 replies
    ESA ^ | 8/20/13 | Luca Parmitano
    My eyes are closed as I listen to Chris counting down the atmospheric pressure inside the airlock – it’s close to zero now. But I’m not tired – quite the reverse! I feel fully charged, as if electricity and not blood were running through my veins. I just want to make sure I experience and remember everything. I’m mentally preparing myself to open the door because I will be the first to exit the Station this time round. Maybe it’s just as well that it’s night time: at least there won’t be anything to distract me. When I read 0.5...
  • Communion on the moon

    07/27/2013 2:27:22 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 10 replies
    World Magazine ^ | 7-24-13 | Marvin Olasky
    Pardon me, please, if you’re familiar with this terrific story, but I never knew it: Former astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin celebrated the Lord’s Supper on the moon 44 years ago, on July 20. Aldrin was an elder at Webster Presbyterian Church near Houston. According to London’s Daily Mail, a Presbyterian General Assembly gave Aldrin permission to administer communion to himself on the moon, using a small plastic container of wine and some bread.
  • Com-moon-ion (Buzz Aldrin)

    07/22/2013 1:49:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 58 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | July 22, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From the Daily Mail:Revealed: Buzz Aldrin took Holy Communion on the MOON (but NASA kept it secret)Former astronaut Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin may have been the second man to walk on the moon, but he was the first – and only – person to celebrate Holy Communion on it. Inside the lunar module just hours before following Neil Armstrong onto the heavenly body in 1969, Aldrin celebrated the Christian sacrament with wafers and a bottle of wine – a fact the U.S. government reportedly refused to make public at the time. The Apollo 11 astronaut’s plan to broadcast the religious...
  • Gabby Giffords & Husband Mark Kelly's Daughter's Dog Kills Baby Seal (Killed More Than My AR-15)

    03/26/2013 7:18:36 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | March 25, 2013 | CBS Los Angeles
    Gabrielle Giffords’ Husband Pulls Daughter’s Dog Off Sea Lion In Laguna Beach LAGUNA BEACH ( — Gabrielle Giffords’ husband pulled his daughter’s dog off of a sea lion in Laguna Beach over the weekend. The incident, which was captured on video, happened around 1:40 p.m. Saturday at Goff Cove Beach by the Montage Laguna Beach. Retired astronaut Mark Kelly’s 18-year-old daughter, who was on vacation with her father and Giffords, was walking the American bulldog on a leash when the 65-pound dog saw the sea lion, ran off and attacked. Nathan, who declined to give his last name, happened to...
  • Ahmadinejad Says He's Willing to Be First Iranian Astronaut

    02/04/2013 12:04:02 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 43 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/2/13 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced that he is willing to be the first Iranian sent into space on behalf of the nation’s space program. "I am ready to be the first human to be sent to space by Iranian scientists," Ahmadinejad said on Monday, adding that he is willing to sacrifice his life for the country’s space program. "Sending living things into space is the result of Iranian efforts and the dedication of thousands of Iranian scientists," he said, according to the Mehr news agency. Ahmadinejad’s remarks come following the announcement last week that Iran had successfully launched a monkey into...
  • The United States' giant leap for mankind: Armstrong and American Exceptionalism

    08/28/2012 9:58:21 AM PDT · by polstar123 · 12 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | 8/27/2012 | Craig Shirley
    In light of Armstrong’s passing, Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) has called on President Obama to honor the former astronaut with a state funeral, saying, “His one small step on the moon was indeed a giant leap for mankind, and it exemplified what we mean by American exceptionalism.” Johnson added that Armstrong “showed the world Americans can do anything.” I feel that way, too. But some people in this country right now, people like Barack Obama and other political elites, question the notion of American exceptionalism. They question the exceptionality of a country that has saved the world, fed the world,...

    08/28/2012 6:20:39 AM PDT · by shortstop · 72 replies ^ | 08/28/12 | Bob Lonsberry
    As long as mankind is a species of sentience and technology, as long as history is kept and read, the name of Neil A. Armstrong will be known. It will be Columbus and Magellan and Armstrong, each leapfrogging the other in the innate human impulse to explore, remembered as long as man remembers. Whether man walked out of Africa or was kicked out of Eden, he went where he’d never been, and his descendants did the same until the earth was peopled and the heavens were challenged. Some walked across the Bering Strait, others rowed through the nothingness of the...
  • Obama Honors Neil Armstrong With Picture Of Himself

    08/27/2012 4:43:09 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 31 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 27, 2012
    Neil Armstrong: The first man to walk on the moon in the heady days of American exceptionalism has passed away, preceded in death by the U.S. space program with his heirs now hitching rides on Russian spacecraft. We all mourn the passing of Neil Armstrong at age 82, the first man to walk on the moon as commander of Apollo 11 on July 20, 1969. A graduate of Purdue with a degree in aeronautical engineering, his academic career was interrupted when he was called to duty with the U.S. Navy in 1949 and flew 78 combat missions in Korea. He...
  • Neil Armstrong: A Great American, A Devout Christian

    08/26/2012 2:26:23 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 41 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | August 25, 2012 | JP
    Neil Armstrong went to be with the Lord yesterday. He was a great American. He was a devoted Christ follower. Of course, you wouldn’t know about Armstrong’s Christian faith from the obituaries published by such bastions of liberal journalism as the New York Times and Washington Post. They didn’t consider it worthy of comment. Nor would you know that Armstrong loved the Lord from the perfunctory tribute offered by President Obama, who mentions Christianity only when it serves his political purposes (like defending his support for homosexual marriage). But Armstrong’s life story cannot be told without mentioning his walk with...
  • Neil Armstrong dead at age 82

    08/25/2012 12:15:42 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 43 replies
    HEARALD SUN ^ | AUG 26, 2012
    Neil Armstrong dead at age 82 - report From: August 26, 2012 5:03AM NEIL Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, has died at the age of 82, NBC News has reported. (More to come)
  • APNewsBreak: Ex-astronaut pilot in downed plane

    10/07/2011 3:06:48 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Friday, October 7, 2011 5:01 PM EDT | RACHEL D'ORO
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The former astronaut at the center of a love triangle that featured a bizarre airport assault by his former astronaut girlfriend on his new love interest was the pilot who survived a small plane crash last month in rural Alaska, federal officials said Friday. Bill Oefelein piloted the shuttle Discovery in December 2006. Two months later, his former girlfriend, Lisa Nowak, raced the 900 miles from Houston to the Orlando airport to confront Colleen Shipman, wearing an astronaut diaper so that she wouldn't have to stop and she donned a wig and trench coat as Shipman...
  • NASA Seeking Students for Astronaut School

    10/04/2011 7:56:17 PM PDT · by Doogle · 29 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 10/04/11 | FOX
    What do YOU want to be when you grow up? In early November, NASA will seek applicants for its next class of astronaut candidates, hoping to bolster its reserves of brave spacemen -- in the face of a National Research Council report that warned the corps was getting too small. "For scientists, engineers and other professionals who have always dreamed of experiencing spaceflight, this is an exciting time to join the astronaut corps," said Janet Kavandi, director of flight crew operations at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
  • Former astronaut Lisa Nowak gets 'other than honorable' Navy discharge

    07/28/2011 3:51:14 PM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | July 28, 2011 | Jeff Weiner
    Lisa Nowak, a former NASA astronaut whose 2007 arrest made national news, has officially retired from the U.S. Navy with an "other than honorable" discharge, officials said Thursday. In a statement, Assistant Secretary of Navy Juan Garcia said that Nowak "demonstrated a complete disregard for the well-being" of romantic rival Air Force Capt. Colleen Shipman. Authorities said Nowak drove nonstop from Texas to Orlando, confronting Shipman, then the girlfriend of Nowak's former lover, at Orlando International Airport on Feb. 5, 2007.
  • Government sues Apollo 14 astronaut over lunar camera (Edgar Mitchell)

    06/30/2011 2:41:09 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 82 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 6/30/11 | Terry Baynes - Reuters
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government has sued a former NASA astronaut to recover a camera used to explore the moon's surface during the 1971 Apollo 14 mission after seeing it slated for sale in a New York auction. The lawsuit, filed in Miami federal court on Wednesday, accuses Edgar Mitchell of illegally possessing the camera and attempting to sell it for profit. In March, NASA learned that the British auction house Bonhams was planning to sell the camera at an upcoming Space History Sale, according to the suit. The item was labeled "Movie Camera from the Lunar Surface"...
  • Russian rocket ride: $63 million per US astronaut

    03/14/2011 3:04:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 3/14/11 | Staff
    Cape Canaveral, Fla. -- The Russians are hiking the price of rocket rides again for U.S. astronauts — to nearly $63 million. The price goes up in 2014 for an astronaut to fly to and from the International Space Station on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. NASA announced the news Monday. The previous contract charged just under $56 million apiece. The contract extension with the Russian Space Agency totals $753 million. That covers trips for a dozen astronauts from 2014 through 2016. NASA officials say inflation is the reason for the latest price increase.
  • NASA: Astronaut Hurt in Bicycle Accident

    01/16/2011 1:52:05 PM PST · by anymouse · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sun Jan 16, 2011
    NASA officials say an astronaut who had been slated for a spacewalk on the upcoming shuttle mission has been hurt in a bicycle accident. The space agency said in a release late Saturday that Tim Kopra will be OK. But officials are still evaluating if he'll be able to perform his duties when the shuttle Discovery launches to the International Space Station on Feb. 24. (snip) The 47-year-old Kopra lives in Houston and is a retired Army colonel. He was one of two astronauts scheduled to go on a spacewalk during Discovery's mission to the space station.
  • Vanity: Jared Loughner posting at Above Top Secret

    01/10/2011 6:25:10 PM PST · by Raebie · 23 replies
    I apologize if this has been posted...way too many threads to sort through. I appears that he was posting at ATS as Erad3. He started 4 threads there in July, 2 of which were about the Mars Rover missions being a hoax. He is adamant that manned space travel isn't possible and makes numerous comments about the shuttle program. Interesting...since Giffords husband is an astronaut and flew missions and was scheduled for another in April. I wonder if the question Loughner asked her back in 2007 had something to do with this (the year Giffords and Kelly married). This is...
  • Space Flight by Giffords' Husband May be in Doubt

    01/09/2011 5:33:05 PM PST · by anymouse · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 9, 2011 | MARCIA DUNN
    The shocking gundown of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has left NASA reeling: Her astronaut husband was due to rocket away in just three months as perhaps the last space shuttle commander, and her brother-in-law is currently on the International Space Station. Shuttle commander Mark Kelly rushed to his wife's hospital bedside Saturday as his identical twin brother, Scott, did his best to keep updated on the Arizona shooting through Mission Control, the Internet and the lone phone aboard the space station. (snip)
  • Susana Martinez Picks Harrison Schmitt, Climate Change Denier, to Head NM Energy Dept. (Barf alert)

    01/07/2011 6:29:37 PM PST · by CedarDave · 27 replies
    Democracy for New Mexico ^ | January 6, 2011 | Enviro-nut jobs
    In yet another move to cleanse New Mexico of any and all environmental regulations, green, clean, renewable energy initiatives and efforts to mitigate the growing impact of damaging climate change, GOP Gov. Susana Martinez today named a climate change denier to head New Mexico's Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department. She's cleansing so her big donors can dirty things up with abandon in the state, as never before. Martinez has chosen former astronaut and senator from New Mexico, Harrison "Jack" Schmitt, aged 75, as a prominent partner in her planned environmental retreat back to the 1950s. Schmitt said as much,...
  • Schmitt Named Energy Secretary (NM)

    01/07/2011 6:10:38 AM PST · by CedarDave · 18 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | January 7, 2011 | Dan Boyd
    Former U.S. Sen. Harrison "Jack" Schmitt, a geologist and Apollo astronaut who bucks conventional theory on human-caused global warming, was named Thursday by Gov. Susana Martinez to head the state's Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department. Schmitt, a Silver City native who was elected to the Senate in 1976 and defeated after one term by current officeholder Jeff Bingaman, is one of the last people to walk on the moon. His appointment drew immediate fire from environmentalists. "We are disheartened to see the selection of a climate change denier," said Sandy Buffett, executive director of the Santa Fe-based Conservation Voters...
  • Ex-astronaut Schmitt gets energy post (NM-global warming denier!)

    01/06/2011 6:03:36 PM PST · by CedarDave · 51 replies
    Santa Fe New Mexican ^ | January 6, 2011 | Barry Massey/ AP
    Former astronaut Harrison Schmitt, who walked on the moon and served in the U.S. Senate, was nominated Thursday by Gov. Susana Martinez to run a state agency that oversees energy production in New Mexico. Schmitt was selected as cabinet secretary of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department. Schmitt, 75, was one of the last men to walk on the moon as part of the Apollo 17 mission in 1972. He won election to the Senate in 1976, but lost his re-election bid in 1982 to Democrat Jeff Bingaman, who remains in the Senate.Martinez said the Schmitt's task is to...
  • Former Astronaut William (Bill) Lenoir Dies from Bicycle Accident

    08/28/2010 10:54:38 PM PDT · by anymouse · 18 replies
    Forwarded E-mail | August 28, 2010 | Bob Crippen
    Forwarded through NASA alumni e-mail: I just received a call from Bill Lenoir's daughter. Bill was in a bicycle accident on Thursday and suffered severe head injuries. He passed away due to that accident. No services are planned. There may be a wake to celebrate his life at a later date. Astronaut bio can be viewed at this URL: Crippen
  • Work Continues on New NASA Spaceships, Despite Uncertainties

    08/20/2010 2:50:47 PM PDT · by The_Victor · 6 replies
    FoxNews/ ^ | August 20, 2010 | Clara Moskowitz
    NASA is pushing ahead with work on its new Orion space capsule and Ares rockets despite their ambiguous status as lawmakers discuss the agency's 2011 budget request.  Orion and Ares are part of Constellation, a NASA program designed to take astronauts back to the moon. Under his 2011 budget proposal, President Barack Obama called for canceling Constellation and urged NASA to work toward sending humans to an asteroid and then on to Mars. The outlook for Constellation's fledgling rocket and capsule spacecraft is not clear. Obama did recommend continuing development of Orion -- but only as an escape ship that...
  • Navy Should End Career of Former Astronaut in Airport Attack, Panel Says

    08/20/2010 10:09:54 AM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 20, 2010 | staff
    A Navy panel says the service should discharge former astronaut Lisa Nowak, who lost her NASA job over a bizarre airport attack on a romantic rival. The panel made the recommendation Thursday after a daylong hearing at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville. The recommendation now goes to the Naval Personnel Command. A final decision will be made by the Secretary of the Navy. The panel recommended downgrading Nowak from captain to commander and giving her a discharge of "other than honorable." Nowak was sentenced to a year on probation last November after pleading guilty to third-degree felony burglary and...
  • Navy Panel Wants Lisa Nowak Discharged

    08/20/2010 4:57:37 AM PDT · by CarolinaGOP · 18 replies ^ | August 19, 2010
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- After a day-long hearing at Naval Station Jacksonville, a Navy Board of Inquiry recommended that a love-scorned astronaut who drove from Texas to Florida in 2007 should be demoted from captain to commander and separated from the Navy.....
  • Astronaut Legend Receives Naval Astronaut Wings Aboard 'Ike'

    03/11/2010 1:01:48 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 563+ views ^ | 3/11/2010 | Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) Amy Kirk
    Legendary astronaut and former Navy pilot received a pair of honorary Naval Astronaut Wings in a ceremony aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) March 10 in recognition for his dedicated service to the Navy and in the field of space exploration. Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon July 20, 1969, was aboard Ike as part of the "Legends of Aerospace" tour sponsored by Morale Entertainment. "Today is a special occasion for all of naval aviation. As you can imagine, it is a tremendous honor for me to present Neil Armstrong with astronaut wings,"...
  • Wanted: Astronauts For Hire

    03/09/2010 1:47:16 PM PST · by anymouse · 12 replies · 162+ views
    Bigelow Aerospace seeks professional astronauts to fill permanent positions. Qualified applicants need to have completed a training program from their government or recognized space agency and have at least some flight experience on a recognized space mission. Specialized training and/or experience (ie: Medical, Payload Specialist, EVA, Pilot, etc.) is not a pre-requisite, but is definitely a plus. Possible opportunities will come in two areas: 1) Ground - Working with Marketing Team to secure government and cooperate clients. - Working with Design and Fabrication Teams to help optimize layout of systems for on-orbit serviceability and ergonomics. - Working with Mission Control...
  • No Stimulus Plan for Astronauts

    02/05/2010 2:11:36 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies · 389+ views
    Air and Space Magazine ^ | 02/05/2010 | Matthew Hersch
    The eleven scientists, engineers, and physicians chosen in 1967 as NASA’s newest astronauts had just arrived in Houston when Deke Slayton, Director of Flight Crew Operations, called them into a meeting and told them the bad news. The program NASA had envisioned, the program that would have had people living in space stations and studying lunar soil in the 1970s, was over. Project Apollo’s budget was declining, and while American astronauts were still two years away from walking on the moon, the men who would fly Apollo missions had already been selected weeks earlier. The choice Slayton offered the new...
  • Colin Powell’s Hotel Gripes: Clock Radio Requires ‘Astronaut Training’

    11/12/2009 11:13:06 AM PST · by george76 · 51 replies · 1,732+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 12, 2009 | Kris Hudson
    As Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell, a self-professed man of simple tastes, often stayed at Holiday Inns while traveling the globe to confab with world leaders. As such, he has a personal list of gripes and suggestions for Holiday Inn owners. Gen. Powell rattled off that list ...when he was at State he had professed his affinity for cheeseburgers and the Holiday Inn. His points elicited chuckles and nods of agreement: “I don’t want to go to astronaut training to figure out how to set a clock radio,” Gen. Powell said, adding later, “I’m only there for the night....
  • Ex-astronaut Lisa Nowak pleads guilty to lesser charges

    11/10/2009 3:08:20 PM PST · by originalbuckeye · 29 replies · 1,249+ views ^ | 11/10/09 | By Sarah Lundy and Willoughby Mariano, Sentinel Staff Writers
    The former astronaut arrested in an attack against her romantic rival has pleaded guilty to lesser counts this afternoon. Before a packed courtroom 1:30 p.m., Lisa Marie Nowak, 46, pleaded guilty to counts of third-degree burglary of a conveyance and misdemeanor battery. She was originally charged with more-serious counts of attempted kidnapping and burglary with assault in addition to misdemeanor battery. Prosecutors dropped a count of burglary with assault. Orange County Circuit Court Judge Marc L. Lubet sentenced Nowak to two days in Orange County Jail with credit for time served and one year of probation. She must stay away...
  • Astronaut Edgar Mitchell makes news about UFO’s and Extraterrestrials.

    09/27/2009 8:43:24 PM PDT · by RoloSport · 202 replies · 6,019+ views
    Are UFO's real? Are we alone in this vast universe? If there is other life out there in the universe have they visited our planet?
  • Astronaut bringing test underwear back to Earth (high-tech undies, designed to be odor free)

    07/30/2009 1:26:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies · 1,020+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/30/09 | Marcia Dunn - ap
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In what might embarrass less adventurous souls, astronaut Koichi Wakata is returning to Earth with the underwear he kept on for a solid month during his space station stay and scientists will check them out. They're experimental high-tech undies, designed in Japan to be odor free. ... Wakata has been off the planet for 4 1/2 months. "I haven't talked about this underwear to my crew members," Wakata said in an interview with The Associated Press, drawing a big laugh from his six shuttle colleagues. "But I wore them for about a month, and my station...
  • Astronaut Couple in Controversial Love Triangle Engaged (The Diaper Driver)

    07/10/2009 6:21:29 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 37 replies · 2,236+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 7/10/2009 | Staff
    MELBOURNE, Florida — A Florida attorney says a couple who were rocketed into the public eye by the antics of a former astronaut are getting married. Kepler Funk, a Melbourne attorney who represents Colleen Shipman, said Friday that she and former space shuttle pilot Bill Oefelein have gotten engaged. The couple, who now live in Alaska, have not set a date. • Photos: Astronaut Love Triangle Authorities say Lisa Nowak, who worked with Oefelein in the space program, famously drove from Houston to the parking lot of Orlando International Airport in February 2007 to confront Shipman.
  • Buzz Aldrin: Why we should leave the Moon alone and settle Mars instead

    07/06/2009 5:24:26 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 52 replies · 802+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 07/06/09 | Claire Bates
    Nasa astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the Moon, has urged the world to forget about returning to our nearest satellite and head to Mars instead. 'Why do we want to go to go back to the Moon?' he asked. 'Some nations want to go for prestige to say they are 'first' in space exploration in the 21st century and they want Nasa to compete with them.
  • Stunning pictures of 'hole in the clouds' [title excerpted for length]

    06/24/2009 10:31:53 AM PDT · by Sarajevo · 17 replies · 1,260+ views
    Mail Online ^ | Last updated at 4:28 PM on 24th June 2009 | Eddie Wrenn
    A chance recording by astronauts on the International Space Station has captured the moment a volcano explosively erupted, sending massive shockwaves through the atmosphere. Sarychev Peak, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, had been sitting quietly in the Kuril Island chain near Japan for 20 years, when it suddenly sprang to life on June 12. Fortuitously, the International Space Station was flying overhead at the time, and managed to capture this spectacular image of the ash-cloud tearing through the atmosphere, sending clouds scattering in its wake in a perfect circle.
  • No insanity defense for ex-astronaut Nowak

    05/15/2009 7:33:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies · 1,038+ views
    UPI ^ | May 15, 2009
    Lykkebak's representative, Marti MacKenzie, said the attorney withdrew a motion filed in 2007 that prepared the groundwork for a possible insanity defense in Nowak's trial on battery, attempted kidnapping and attempted burglary with assault charges... Nowak stands accused of attempting to kidnap U.S. Air Force Capt. Colleen Shipman Nowak stands accused of attempting to kidnap U.S. Air Force Capt. Colleen Shipman in 2007 as part of a jealousy-driven attempt to wreck Shipman's romantic relationship with William Oefelein, then a U.S. astronaut. Investigators allege Nowak drove 1,000 miles to attempt the kidnapping
  • Mercury Astronauts

    04/16/2009 7:16:28 PM PDT · by airvet · 40 replies · 1,385+ views
    Bucks County Intelligenser ^ | 3/23/09 | Richard Pietras
    Science Museum to feature Astronaut Scott Carpenter.
  • Discovery, Weather Looking Good For Launch

    03/15/2009 6:16:54 AM PDT · by Issaquahking · 12 replies · 672+ views
    NASA ^ | Sat, 14 Mar 2009 12:07:00 PM PDT | Press Release
    NASA managers said Saturday that space shuttle Discovery is ready for Sunday’s launch opportunity as repairs on a leaking gaseous hydrogen vent line are moving along smoothly. “I think we’re in really good shape,” said Mike Moses, chairman of the Mission Management Team that reviewed the shuttle’s readiness. Mike Leinbach, shuttle launch director, said the work to replace a suspect quick disconnect assembly on the launch pad is about three hours behind schedule, but that will not delay the countdown. Leak checks will be performed later tonight. “We feel really good and we’re really excited about launching tomorrow,” Leinbach...
  • Former astronaut scoffs at global warming

    02/15/2009 10:34:42 PM PST · by CedarDave · 20 replies · 993+ views
    The Santa Fe New Mexican ^ | February 14, 2009 | Tom Sharpe
    Harrison "Jack" Schmitt, one of the last men to walk on the moon and a former U.S. senator from New Mexico, doesn't buy the idea that humans are causing global warming. "I don't think the human effect is significant compared to the natural effect," he said. Schmitt, who is among 70 skeptics scheduled speak at an international conference next month [sponsored by the Heartland Institute], admitted his beliefs fly in the face of the political consensus that burning fossil fuels has increased carbon-dioxide levels, temperatures and sea levels. Scientists who disagree with this scenario "are being intimidated," Schmitt said. "They've...
  • Former astronaut speaks out on global warming (Harrison Schmitt: scare over it is a political tool)

    02/15/2009 5:18:19 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 939+ views ^ | 2/15/09 | AP
    SANTA FE, N.M. - Former astronaut Harrison Schmitt, who walked on the moon and once served New Mexico in the U.S. Senate, doesn’t believe that humans are causing global warming. "I don’t think the human effect is significant compared to the natural effect," said Schmitt, who is among 70 skeptics scheduled to speak next month at the International Conference on Climate Change in New York. Schmitt contends that scientists "are being intimidated" if they disagree with the idea that burning fossil fuels has increased carbon dioxide levels, temperatures and sea levels.