Monthly Archives: November 2015


Rocket Reusability and Personal Spaceflight

By |November 29th, 2015|

On November 23, 2015, aerospace history was made. Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin launched its second New Shepard rocket with capsule from its West Texas launch complex and after placing the capsule beyond 100 km altitude into suborbital space, the booster reentered the atmosphere and successfully landed under its own power near the launch pad. […]

The Overview Effect from orbit

By |November 22nd, 2015|

During America’s Gemini space program, Lt. Col. Edward White became the first NASA astronaut to perform a spacewalk. On June 3, 1965, White opened the hatch of his Gemini capsule during one of the orbits of Earth and floated up and out of the spacecraft. This was termed by NASA as Extra-Vehicular Activity, […]

Will Suborbital Spaceflight Participants Need Training?

By |November 7th, 2015|

Ever since the start of America’s manned spaceflight programs Mercury, Gemini and Apollo, and throughout the decades of the shuttle era, NASA has put its astronauts through extensive physical, psychological, spacecraft and survival training. The Russians have done the same for their cosmonauts. With the emergence of personal spaceflight in the 21st century, will suborbital […]

Tom Hanks: Hollywood’s Actor/Astronaut

By |November 1st, 2015|

This summer I discovered a short fiction piece actor Tom Hanks wrote in 2014 for The New Yorker. Titled “Alan Bean Plus Four,” Hanks writes about a whimsical mission to the Moon in the present tense. No spoilers here, just click on the link and read it for yourself.

Hanks has been a Project Apollo space […]