March 10, 2011
While some folks wish to see their names up in lights, students at Folly Quarter Middle School can boast that their names have gone up in space. The students at the Ellicott City school recently participated in the NASA and Lockheed Martin Student Signatures in Space (S3) program, which allows youngsters to sign posters that are scanned onto a disk and sent into orbit. The students signed the posters last spring, and their signatures were sent up in space in late February via the space shuttle Discovery.
August 15, 2008
HOLLYWOOD - Not screened Mirrors, a thriller about an ex-cop who discovers secrets hidden in reflections, was not screened for critics. If you were around in July 1969, chances are you remember exactly where you were when Apollo 11, the first manned mission to the moon, touched down and astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. took their first steps there. Now the Eagle has landed again, reimagined, for a new generation. The 3-D animated film Fly Me to the Moon tells the tale of a young fly named Nat who stows away aboard Apollo 11 with a couple of his buddies and accompanies Armstrong on the moonwalk.
July 6, 2006
Apprehension inevitably haunted the Fourth of July celebration of shuttle Discovery's successful return to space. Fears will doubtless linger until the orbiter and its crew land back on Earth in 10 days or so. That's as it should be. Space travel is still far too experimental to be taken for granted, as the tragic explosions of shuttles Challenger and Columbia at the beginning and end of their missions, respectively, attest. Despite continuing concerns about breakaway chunks of foam insulation of the sort that damaged Columbia three years ago, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin made the correct calculation to OK Tuesday's launch.
November 3, 2004
MOJAVE, Calif. - Some day, the tiny airport in this high-desert town may be considered in the history of manned commercial spaceflight much as Roosevelt Field on Long Island, N.Y., is to commercial aviation. It was here that SpaceShipOne, piloted by Michael W. Melvill, made the first commercial flight into space in June, making history just as Charles Lindbergh did on May 20-21, 1927, when he took off in the Spirit of St. Louis from Roosevelt for the first nonstop solo trans-Atlantic airplane flight.
October 8, 2004
CALIFORNIA'S HIGH desert blue sky suddenly is sliced in half by a brilliant streak of white as Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne shoots silently upward through the sound barrier and into space, capturing the $10 million Ansari X prize for his team at Scaled Composites. An eclectic mix of engineers, entrepreneurs, space enthusiasts and the eccentric wealthy gaze up from Earth to contemplate the significance of this bold stroke. In the days that follow, the broader business community and the federal government would be wise to do the same.
October 6, 2004
TWICE within the last week, the SpaceShipOne team sent its privately financed craft, a test pilot and 400 pounds of cargo more than 62.5 miles high - past the threshold of outer space - to win the $10 million Ansari X Prize. And with its second relatively safe and low-cost ride into the thermosphere Monday, a new era - of private space travel - may have dawned. Other entrepreneurs already are lined up to build or buy similar rocket ships to send paying passengers - initially the very wealthy, of course - on the same trip.