Tag: Space Program

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  The American space program, like its Russian counterpart, was largely an epiphenomenon of the ballistic missile program. A great deal has been written about the space programs; regarding the missile programs themselves, not so much. This book remedies that gap by using the life of General Bernard Schriever, who ran USAF missile development programs, […]

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In Robert Heinlein’s 1950 story The Man Who Sold the Moon, the first manned lunar landing is not a government project.  Rather, it is the achievement of entrepreneur/industrialist Delos D Harriman, known to his friends and associates as ‘D.D.”  Some have seen a resemblance between Heinlein’s fictional character and the real-life Elon Musk.   Harriman has […]

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Whether you remember watching the first lunar landing on television, as I did at my maternal grandparents’ home in the summer of 1969, or if you became acquainted more recently with the video footage, you know it was grainy black and white video. So how did President Trump get this glorious color footage?   Preview […]

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I hope that people will forgive another semi-vanity post. This Sunday the 17th marks the 61st anniversary of the launch of Vanguard 1. It’s the fourth satellite and is the oldest one still in orbit. Here are a few pictures of it and various Vanguard people (some of which I’ve posted before). Pictured below are […]

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I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Sunday. When it appears, I post the previous week’s review on Ricochet.  Seawriter Book Review Book takes a fascinating look at space history through photos […]

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