HAPPY 40th birthday
Shuttle Flight Info can be found here!
to John Glenn for his (long overdue) flight!
"Early Space Programs: Things that went BOOM often! to appreciate John
Glenn's original flight!
Hi! We are a South Texas Family
who keeps up (somewhat) with NASA activities, and we would like to introduce
your family to some of that!
Our family consists of JET and Taylorj,
and three older teenage sons. It is not unusual to see from 2-5 other older
teens here as well. We usually have a full house! It is also not uncommon
to see the young men lying on the roof watching for satellites as they
pass over (you can see them at dusk, and several if you know what to look
for!). We also have 2 satellite dishes out front, and one is always tuned
to NASA Select! Now you can imagine what it must look like at dusk, with
young men on the roof looking at the stars and 2 big satellite dishes pointed
somewhat upwards! Even funnier, if there is a Shuttle up, we may have a
crowd in the yard looking up at the stars, and believe it or not, most
of our neighbors do not have a clue why we are all out there! We have had
many stares from folks driving by, and often kid each other with comments
such as "Do you see our Mother Ship yet?!
In addition, both JET and Taylorj
are part of SAAA, one of the largest Astronomy clubs in the United States.
JET is an executive board member and both JET and Taylorj are part of a
committee called "Rick's Rats". The 'Rats' go to schools, parks, public
meeting places and bring our telescopes to put on 'public star parties'.
Each of us point our telescopes at different things in the night sky and
let those that attend look through them while we explain a little bit about
what they are seeing. We are also part of another committee that help new
members get aquainted with other members and help those that are just learning
the night sky! Please visit the link to the SAAA web site! http://www.stic.net/users/merlin/saaa.htm
(It was featured in the September
edition of 'Sky and Telescope' magazine).
Did you know that the Astronauts
and their families are no different than your family? Other than the fact
that their commute to work sometimes is slightly farther, there isn't much
difference. The Astronauts
is all about some of the current NASA Astronauts and their families (at
least what we will be able to find). Included here also will be Candidate
requirements. I think you will be surprised at the qualifications!
The NASA Space Program has been
an interest of many members of this family for quite sometime. When JET
and Taylorj were small, NASA did not even exist. Family Interests will
tell you more about us and how we got interested in the space program,
including what our family is like today! Learn about NASA's well kept secret:
NASA TV for the public, and what is aired. And find out why several times
a year, we get out of bed in the wee hours of the morning and go outside
to look towards the west! Awesome!
The Mercury and Gemini programs
were very exciting programs for those of us who remember the early 1960's.
Do you remember those enormous rockets and the small capsules that held
the Astronauts? Did you ever watch a launch or splashdown? We will take
a look back at the early
space programs, Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Space Lab, the Astronauts
who flew those missions, and how it paved the way for what we are seeing
to day! We will also bring you up to date on Shuttle Activities, and what
the Shuttle program has brought us, and what you can expect in the year
NASA's educational program is super!
We will list for you many different ways you can participate at home in
the NASA Educational
as well as special programs that NASA has waiting for you school! Direct
contact with NASA Astronauts while they are in flight, rocket programs
as after school activities, Robotics, many other things all waiting for
you or your school to make a call.
Space stations, more efficient re-useable
space vehicles, life in space, space exploration. From History, to present
and future, we will bring to you exactly what is on the drawing board.
You will be very surprised.
Our NASA Connections: We know this
retired gentleman who lives in the Southwest who has direct NASA connections
as a volunteer. What does he do? HINT: It has to do with Mission Control,
and tracking the Shuttle while in orbit. We will introduce you to our friend
Other Family friendly (and
fun) Space related web sites!
Planet Arrington E-Zine!
Cop a PLANETude!
Michael for adding our web site link from yours!)
Roger Balettie gave us this award!
Please visit his web site by clicking
on the award or by going to this link: http://members.aol.com/ramjetfdo
Roger is a former FDO (Flight
Dynamics Officer) from NASA and spent many years with them. Their web site
is facinating and will give you a look at both Roger's current life as
well as Roger's days with NASA.