July 8, 2004
Re "NASA Needs a New Mission," editorial, July 3: Once again, your editorials are emphasizing the Luddite approach to spaceflight. You forget that NASA is structuring a program that will find the balance between human and robotic space exploration. The incentive of prizes to encourage [privately funded spaceflight] ought to be encouraged. In aviation's early days such prizes were given by newspapers, wealthy individuals and aeronautics clubs. NASA should encourage similar efforts today by the contemporaries of those organizations and concentrate on returning the space shuttle to flight as soon as it is safe to do so. The International Space Station should be finished, and the experience in long-term spaceflight gained from the ISS will serve NASA and international partners well in the next human spaceflight endeavor: the return to the moon and a human landing on Mars.
January 17, 1990 |
The strains of "Danny Boy" awakened Columbia commander Dan Brandenstein on his 47th birthday today, and a chorus of "Happy Birthday" filled the cabin as the shuttle circled Earth 200 miles in space. The astronaut corps serenaded him, and basketball star Larry Bird radioed congratulations as the shuttle's five-member crew settled in for another day of scientific experiments on the eighth day of the 10-day mission. "Congratulations to you and the crew on the slam dunk with LDEF.
January 14, 1990 |
Columbia's crew used the shuttle's 50-foot robot arm Saturday to inspect a broken heat-shield tile, worked to fix a balky experiment and exercised for medical research. Shuttle commander Daniel C. Brandenstein, co-pilot James D. Wetherbee, and mission specialists Bonnie J. Dunbar, Marsha S. Ivins and G.
September 29, 1988
Capt. Frederick H. Hauck, USN Hauck, 47, will serve as Discovery commander. A native of Long Beach, he now lives in Winchester, Mass. He is the father of two children. Hauck joined the astronaut corps in 1978 and has flown on two previous shuttle flights, logging 339 hours in space. A former Navy test pilot, he flew 114 combat and combat support missions in Southeast Asia and among other decorations has received the Distinguished Flying Cross.
January 28, 1988
Shareholders of Apple Computer Inc., Cupertino, have elected former astronaut Sally K. Ride as a director. Ride, 36, who resigned from the astronaut corps in September, 1987, and is now a science fellow at the Center for International Security and Arms Control at Stanford University, was elected to a one-year term on the six-member board.
August 5, 1987 |
She's a chemical engineer from Stanford. A medical doctor from Cornell. Formerly a physician for Peace Corps volunteers in West Africa. A doctor for CIGNA in Los Angeles. Now Mae Carol Jemison, who spent her early youth in the black neighborhoods of Chicago's south side, is about to become a U.S. astronaut, the first black woman to do so. But don't expect her to tell you she's going to be anyone's role model.