Houston, We Have a Turd

Fans of television's The Big Bang Theory are familiar with the memorable episode where Howard's space toilet, the Wolowitz Space Disposal System, went horribly wrong and threatened to turn into a waste distribution system. As it turns out, such a scenario was more closely grounded in fact, rather than comedic fiction.  In May 1969 Apollo... Continue Reading →

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Hoping for the Best; Preparing for the Worst

When the Apollo 11 astronauts left earth for the moon in July 1969, it was the culmination of the best efforts to make good on President John Kennedy's pledge to send a man to the moon before the decade was over and return him safely to the earth. Despite their best efforts, everyone knew the... Continue Reading →

Another First for the American Space Program

On December 16, 1965, astronauts Tom Stafford and Wally Schirra were on Gemini 6 when they transmitted the following message: "Gemini VII, this is Gemini VI. We have an object, looks like a satellite going from north to south, up in a polar orbit. He's in a very low trajectory traveling from north to south... Continue Reading →

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