The Challenger Explosion

On January 28, 1986 I was attending college at Eastern Kentucky University. It was between classes so I was at the run down old house I rented at the time with a bunch of guys watching one of those old very large floor tv’s. Shuttle launches had become very routine and weren’t always televised. So, I sat down to watch the Challenger launch with most of mind set on whatever class issues I had coming up. This video probably looks a lot like what I saw at the time because I was watching CNN.

I did go to class, but I didn’t concentrate very well. I absolutely LOVED the Shuttle program and was pretty much convinced that due to the lagging public interest, this might every well have killed the entire program. As it was, it did shut down the Shuttle program for a couple of years.  They redesigned the shuttles, and they finally retired them in 2011.  From that point forward, NASA has had no capability of putting a man in space at all.  However, in 2011, I made it a point to take my son and go watch what was thought to be the last Shuttle launch.  Congress funded one more after that tho.  Nothing compares to being up close and personal ( about seven miles ), to a Shuttle launch.

Where ya gonna go?

Woke up to these tweets from NASA:

Recap: #ISS crew inside Russian segment after a coolant pressure alarm. No signs of a leak. Controllers are assessing. 11 a.m. EST TV update

About 7:50 a.m. EST: A live #NASA TV update on the situation aboard #ISS. Watch nasa.gov/nasatv

This would just terrify me if I were there. Where exactly you gonna go in an emergency? Sure, there are escape pods, but what if you don’t have enough time to get to them? You’re talking just a few inches of metal separating you from instant death 24/7.

The astronauts there have balls most people never even dream of having.

This is turning out to be a false alarm, but still……

Dragon docks

I never get tired of this stuff.  The imagery is always stunning to me.

Dragon docks

Even though Obama has set US space travel back about thirty years, it’s probably a chance for a new generation to experience the thrills I did growing up as we once again reach out to the Moon and beyond.

That’s about as optimistic as I am right now dealing with a President with no vision at all. Even though SpaceX is doing ok, man still can’t leave Earth’s gravity for the first President since Johnson.

Does the Sun affect Earth’s climate?

At some point I’ll definitely go into greater detail.  But for the time being, do me a favor and give your opinion.  And even better, leave me a comment why.

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Corey Booker drove to Hawaii?

This was during a debate on global warming. He recovers by pointing out Hawaii doesn’t have New Jersey diners.

Two questions for ya:

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And,

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Arctic Ice increases 60% in 2013

Won’t see this on most media I bet.

About a million more square miles of ocean are covered in ice in 2013 than in  2012, a whopping 60 percent increase — and a dramatic deviation from  predictions of an “ice-free Arctic in 2013,” the Daily Mail noted.

Arctic sea ice averaged 2.35 million square miles in August 2013, as compared  to the low point of 1.32 million square miles recorded on Sept. 16, 2012,  according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. A chart published Sept. 8 by  NSIDC shows the dramatic rise this year, putting total ice cover within two standard deviations of the 30-year average.

Read more:  http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/09/09/arctic-sea-ice-up-60-percent-in-2013/?intcmp=features#ixzz2eUwmce2k

Anyone still willing to debate the Hockeystick predictions?  This information comes from NASA.  That’s the agency President Obama decided didn’t need to waste our money with manned space flight and would be better suited warning the world of the perils of global warming.  Now, we got no manned space flight, and apparently no global warming either.