May 14, 1973, SA-513, the last Saturn V was launched. Instead of the usual third stage and Apollo spacecraft, the payload was the first US space station, Skylab. Built from a Saturn IB upper stage, S-IV-B 214, Skylab would have a spacious workshop area, telescope mount, multiple docking adapter and large solar panels for power. […]Read more "Remembering Skylab"
During a recent visit to Kennedy Space Center, I spotted this Saturn V desk model at the gift shop. One of the first things that stood out for me was the black and white roll pattern on the first stage. A legacy of the Von Braun team, roll patterns provided an easy way to visually […]Read more "The Enduring, Iconic Look of SA-500F"
Today, we have the sad news of the passing of Capt. Eugene Cernan, Gemini 9 Pilot, Apollo 10 Lunar Module Pilot and Apollo 17 Commander. To remember, I’ll share my takes on his missions. I think this quote from his autobiographical movie, The Last Man on the Moon is fitting way to remember Capt. Cernan: […]Read more "Farewell, Eugene Cernan"
The quote above was on display of Apollo 1 training suits inside the Davidson Center at the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville the last time I visited in 2014. I hope it is still there as a reminder of the will and courage of the era. It is almost 50 years since that […]Read more "One"
The hard luck of Gemini 6A and her crew, Wally Schirra and Tom Stafford to get off the ground, finally ended on December 15, 1965 with a successful launch. Originally scheduled to be the first attempt to dock with an Agena, their first launch attempt on October 25 was scrubbed when the Agena was lost […]Read more "First Rendezvous"
With the sad news that John Glenn passed away today, the sun has set on the pioneers of the US Astronaut Corps, the original Mercury Seven. While I have described myself as a Child of Apollo, the inspiration of Mercury was always there. One of my favorite toys as a child was the classic GI […]Read more "Mercury’s Sunset"