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Sun, 26 Jan 2014, 02:08 AM (-06:00)

Pine hammocks on the horizon. Clouds streaming by. Brown winter grasses blowing in the ocean breeze. An intercom voice counts down. A rocket engine fires. Latches let go. Morpheus rises on a spike of blue flame into the air. It hovers, translates and creeps back down. Orange flame blows sand and smoke and dust and rocks into the […]

Facial Recognition

Sat, 18 Sep 2010, 08:50 PM (-06:00)

I needed a badge to get into the room where the class was being taught. My current one wouldn’t get me past the stainless steel doors that lead to the control center. So I went into the badging office and walked up to the counter, announcing myself and spelling my last name. Julia was dealing with the paperwork. […]


Mon, 19 Apr 2010, 05:39 PM (-06:00)

1989 On the twentieth anniversary of the first Apollo moon landing, speaking at the National Air and Space Museum, President George H. W. Bush said: Today we don’t have a crisis; we have an opportunity. … I’m proposing a long-range, continuing commitment. … Back to the Moon; back to the future … And then a […]


Wed, 10 Feb 2010, 04:47 PM (-06:00)

I wore a NASA sweatshirt going out to dinner the other night. I’ve become quite a wimp for cold weather, and the night was nippy, and the sweatshirt was swinging there on a hanger before me as I pondered my stay-warm options — a plain grey pull-over sweatshirt with a NASA meatball emblazoned on the […]