“People say to me, ‘I wonder what it would be like to be on a spaceship.’ And I say to you, you don’t really realize what you’re doing because everybody is an astronaut. You all live aboard a beautiful little spaceship called Earth.”—R. Buckminster Fuller
“But why man? Why not do these things with machines? What is it about man’s physical and mental abilities which separates him from machines? Here are some of his attributes: he can discriminate, filter, manipulate, cope with the unplanned, and analyze or interpret all in near real time. He can react to targets of opportunity in photographic experiments, make repairs or adjustments to malfunctioning systems, eliminate non-essential data, and make judgments on the validity of automated information systems. He has tremendous ability to adapt and react to the immediate past. These qualities have made man unique in his laboratories on Earth, and they will continue to make him unique in his laboratories in space.”—Dr. George M. Low, former NASA Administrator, 1971
“The planet Earth is very special. It has masses of land, great oceans, and an atmosphere. Its interior and its skin even its place and motion in space combine to form the environment needed to support life—and especially intelligent life. In this environment man has evolved. Today he has the freedom of sailing on his oceans, and even the freedom of flying in the atmosphere.
Now, just within the last dozen years, man has discovered that he can also have the freedom of space. He has packaged important features of his environment, and has taken the first small and tentative steps beyond Earth’s atmosphere. Man has learned that he is no longer bound to Earth, and he will surely want to take increasingly bigger steps into space. He will do this first as an adventurer, and then as an explorer and a scientist, and he will do it because his security and even his survival depend on it.”—Dr. George M. Low, former NASA Administrator, 1971
Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 collectible glasses made by Libbey
"The First Man on the Moon" 45 LP from MGM
Large collection of NASA Activities leaflets from 1971 to 1988
Shuttle orbiter pin
STS-119 Mission emblem pin
The Man Who Went the Far Side of the Moon: The Story of Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins from Chronicle Books
NASA dog tag for JD pup
“Being able to watch the boring stuff actually teaches us an important lesson about the final frontier: space isn’t all ray-guns and warp drives. It’s grueling, precision work; keeping anything up there is really, really hard.”—Space Station Webcam Goes Live from Wired.com
Shuttle officials are now shooting for a launch on Thursday night.
We’re heading to Florida for a planned getaway and just happen to be going when the Discovery is launching. I was so disappointed to miss the launch tonight, but now it’s scheduled for tomorrow evening and I think we can make it if we leave as soon as I get off work! There are only nine flights scheduled before retiring the shuttle next year. You can view NASA’s schedule here to see future dates for shuttle or rocket launches.
Edit: Nevermind. Jonathan has class until 4:30p so scratch that. Next launch, I guess. Edit #2: Possible Sunday launch now—it could still happen.