The chances of anything coming from earth, are a million to one, they say.

We all know the story “War of the Worlds” be it either the book, movies or the musical version. A tag line of the story is “The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one, they say.” Turns out that we beat the Martians to it. On July 1976. only 7 yearsContinue reading “The chances of anything coming from earth, are a million to one, they say.”

The last man on the Moon

  Mention Neil Armstrong and every one will know who he is and even what he said when he set foot as the first man on the Moon. However the name Eugene Cernan will mean very little to most people. Although he was just as important to the Apollo missions. Eugene Ceman was the lastContinue reading “The last man on the Moon”

First human in Space

Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarinwas a Soviet pilot and cosmonaut. He was the first human to journey into outer space when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961. During the flight, the 27-year-old test pilot and industrial technician also became the first man to orbit the planet, a feat accomplished byContinue reading “First human in Space”

Mercury 7-Astronaut Group 1

On April 9, 1959, NASA’s first administrator, Dr. Keith Glennan, announced the names of the agency’s first group of astronauts at a news conference in Washington, D.C. Now known as the “Original Seven,” they included three Naval aviators, M. Scott Carpenter, Walter M. Schirra Jr., and Alan B. Shepard Jr.; three Air Force pilots, L.Continue reading “Mercury 7-Astronaut Group 1”

The other event on April 4, 1968.

Because it is the 51st anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr, I had initially planned to do a blog to reflect on that event, however after having done research I discovered that so much has already been written about it that there is no way I can add any value to theContinue reading “The other event on April 4, 1968.”

Ivan Ivanovich-Unsung Space “Hero”

I know what you are thinking when you look at the picture”That looks like a dummy” and you would be right because  Ivan Ivanovich was a dummy. Weeks before Yuri Gagarin made a successful orbit of the Earth, a Soviet mannequin named Ivan Ivanovich (the Russian equivalent of John Doe) tested the dangers of spaceflight andContinue reading “Ivan Ivanovich-Unsung Space “Hero””

Who needs the Moon anyway- when the US wanted to nuke the Moon.

Project A119 was the designated name by the US Air Force to detonate a nuclear bomb on the moon. The project was called “A Study of Lunar Research Flights” aka ” Project A119 and was developed by the U.S. Air Force in the late 1950s. The aim was to intimidate the Soviet Union, who atContinue reading “Who needs the Moon anyway- when the US wanted to nuke the Moon.”

Explorer 1

Explorer 1 was the first satellite of the United States, launched as part of its participation in the International Geophysical Year. The mission followed the first two satellites the previous year; the Soviet Union’s Sputnik 1 and 2, beginning the Cold War Space Race between the two nations. Explorer 1 was launched on January 31, 1958 at 22:48 Eastern Time (February 1, 03:48 UTC) atop the first Juno boosterContinue reading “Explorer 1”

Challenger 28 January 1986

It’s hard to believe that it has already been 33 years  ago since the Challenger disaster happened. I still remember it as if it was yesterday. One thing that I hadn’t thought of was that there was a group of children watching while their Teacher died. Looking back it make sense of course that theContinue reading “Challenger 28 January 1986”

The space flight that didn’t happen- The forgotten story of Apollo 1

On January 27 1967, U.S. astronauts Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee died in a fire aboard the Apollo 1 spacecraft during a launch simulation at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. The Apollo program changed forever , when a flash fire swept through the Apollo 1 command module during a launch rehearsal test. The three men insideContinue reading “The space flight that didn’t happen- The forgotten story of Apollo 1”