Category: Space

An American triumph: Falcon Heavy test flight

Watch the spectacular launch of the Falcon Heavy and the successful, simultaneous return of the boosters. And the Tesla and driver in orbit heading for Mars. (Glad to see there’s a sense of humor.) Private enterprise did it. All praise to the engineers, scientists and investors. (Start at about 8 minutes into the video) Related: Elon... Read more »

Ronald Reagan and the nation mourn the Challenger shuttle disaster 30 years ago today

And for those of us who witnessed it, we still mourn. As with the President John F. Kennedy assassination, we, who are old enough, will forever remember where we were and what we were doing when we heard. We won’t forget because it was one of the worst American tragedies to unfold before our eyes.... Read more »

Historic video: SpaceX's Falcon rocket roars into space, then returns safely

This rocket roared into space, launching a package into space and then returns safely, standing up vertically in the same position as it left during the launch. This is a stupendous engineering feat! Watch the video, first the narration from the Wall Street Journal here to get a feel for what was done. Then watch the... Read more »

Could Barack Obama have beaten John F. Kennedy?

Could John F. Kennedy, an icon of Democratic politics, have defeated Barack Obama for the presidency? No. Not possible. JFK would have been running to the right, possibly far to the right, of Obama. I was around for JFK, and Barack, you are no JFK. Why does it matter? Why did I even bring it... Read more »

History being made

Don't let the manned space program fold

If Americans had regarded frontier exploration in the early 1800s with the same indifference that they view the manned space program, there would have been no Louisiana Purchase and westward expansion. More than likely, there probably would have been no Northwest Ordinance, no Illinois and maybe no America at all, because no one would have... Read more »
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