As we observe the 50th anniversaries of the Apollo program, interest has grown for building scale models of the spacecraft. With the exception of the Dragon Models kits of several years ago, all of the injection molded kits you can find are also approaching or already past their 50th anniversary. Small scale producers have appeared […]Read more "Quick Guide To Apollo Model Kits"
December 21, 1968. Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders become the first crew to ride a Saturn V to space and then, the first humans to move beyond the Earth to visit our closest neighbor. Originally, the Borman crew consisted of him, Bill Anders and Michael Collins and they were slated for the E […]Read more "C-Prime and Moving Beyond the Shores of Earth"
Count me as one of those that enjoyed the new movie, First Man. While the pre-release trailers showed a lot of space action, the movie is about Neil Armstrong the man and less about his missions. Spanning from his days as a NASA test pilot at Edwards AFB in 1961 to his return from the […]Read more "First Man: A Movie about the Man, not the Mission"
October 11, 1968. Twenty months after the Apollo 1 tragedy, NASA successfully launched the first Apollo crew on Apollo 7: CDR Wally Schirra, CMP Donn Eisele, and LMP Walt Cunningham. The critical analysis and hard work by the entire Apollo team to save the program was paying off. Originally the prime crew for the planned […]Read more "Apollo Rising"
Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending the Astronaut Training Experience at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. This is a separate activity from regular admission that lasts 4-5 hours and separately ticketed. Using the old main entrance for KSCVC was a bit nostalgic for me. After checking in, we were given ATX t-shirts to […]Read more "Astronaut Training Experience"
For people like me that grew up with Apollo, seeing a Saturn V in person never fails to bring back the wonder and excitement of those days. For the space history enthusiast, three are on display. There was no overall plan after the Apollo program to place these on display, so individual stages were kind […]Read more "Saturn V Rockets On Display: A Quick Guide"
On May 26, artist and astronaut Alan Bean passed away. Though I never had the pleasure of meeting him, he was long one of my favorite astronauts. To me, the infectious smile that was present on so many photographs of Capt. Bean defined a man who enjoyed life to the fullest. He was a Naval […]Read more "Farewell Alan Bean, Artist and Astronaut"