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NASA. Does it stand for Not Another Space (Flight) America?

NASA and the moon landing was a game changer for society. This is a thought-provoking article from Redmond’s Reviews. Enjoy.


When I was much younger, I knew this boy, the first time the United States moon landing happened he was about 4 or so. Then, over the next few years, more landings happened again a few times. A dark night, a clear sky with as much view of the stars and moon that the Brooklyn night sky can give, the boy would look up to the sky and wonder.

Can he see the men walking on the moon? Can he see the American flag that was placed on its ground? Why, of course not, but he tried any way. If he looked close enough, could he see the lunar vehicle, making tracks like a dune buggy over the moons surface? No he could not, but he tried any way.

He tried because NASA, our NASA, conquered space, and this was just the beginning. What that child did not know is all the companies that worked hard and the people they employed who made that trip possible. These people along with NASA tamed space! What the boy started to learn soon after, as Sky Lab plopped to the ground was that maybe we were not traveling farther into space with manned space flight. To learn, to discover, and to push the limits.


The place of travel and fascination called NASA still did important work, but it seemed to becoming filled with workers in white collars and or professor types, and less of dare devils and well trained cowboys taming the unknown. Now as a child grows he or she learns what is really ‘in the sausage’ and a new perspective arises.

However, it does not seem that long ago, that Russian and American were meeting and shaking hands for the first time in space. Now all these many years later, we will need to do the same, since we have no active vehicle to take us to space. We need to rely on a ride, hitch hiking (at a HUGE cost) if you will, until such time that our next vehicle for manned space flight is rolled out.

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The NASA organization flag.

NASA has done some truly mind-blowing great things, and they will argue that they have a roll that is much more than manned space flight. But does not one think back to those times, in the vault of our minds, and hear the words, ‘LIFT OFF, and get inspired and nervous all at the same time?

When I see NASA now, I tend not to think of travel in space to conquer what we do not know; I see bureaucracy and a constant merry-go-round of justification for its perceived mundane results. Am I noticing an elitist snobbery that seems to talk down to those like you and me who want to see it succeed?


China and Russia move ahead in manned space flight and where are we? Why do we not know? Ask yourself this question, when was the last time your child looked to space and said, ‘I want to explore the moon, go to Mars, discover what it is like to float in space?’ We seem to be losing a generation of wonder, and the want of being an astronaut, and instead, seem to be building in NASA, a place that is just another governmental place to punch a clock.

Being raised on the premise of, ‘We will go to the moon and return,’ it is hard to imagine that all these years later, we need to wait at the proverbial bus stop now to get into space.

Written By: Darren Redmond

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Now in flight, Expedition 50 crew members (from left) Peggy Whitson, Oleg Novitskiy and Thomas Pesquet are seen in quarantine behind glass during a crew press conference. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

This is a flight update of the November 17, 2016 launch of the Soyuz MS-03 trio of NASA astronaut, RF cosmonaut and ESA astronaut from Kazakhstan headed to the International Space Station. They will rendezvous with ISS later this Saturday evening.

Soyuz MS-03 launches on its flight to join the International Space Station
Soyuz MS-03 launches on its flight to join the International Space Station

In an earlier pose for pictures, the Expedition 50 team is seen while in pre-flight quarantine.

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Now in flight, Expedition 50 crew members (from left) Peggy Whitson, Oleg Novitskiy and Thomas Pesquet are seen in quarantine behind glass during a crew press conference. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

The following is a recap of the flight launch schedule:

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, Oleg Novitskiy of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, and Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency) are preparing for launch to the International Space Station. They are scheduled to lift off today in a Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft at 3:20 p.m. EST (2:20 a.m. Nov. 18, Baikonur time).

Live coverage of the launch will begin at 2:30 p.m. on NASA Television and the agency’s website. Check out the NASA TV schedule online for information on how to watch live and replays.

The three crew members will join Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough of NASA and cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko, who have been aboard the complex since October. Whitson, Novitskiy and Pesquet will remain aboard the station until next spring. Kimbrough, Ryzhikov and Borisenko are scheduled to remain aboard the station until late February.

The Expedition 50 crew members will contribute to more than 250 experiments in fields such as biology, Earth science, human research, physical sciences and technology development.

Below is the launch timeline for the crew in EST:

Nov. 17

9:20 a.m.        Crew departs Cosmonaut Hotel
9:35 a.m.        Batteries installed in booster
10:05 a.m.      Crew arrives at Site 254
10:20 a.m.      Tanking begins
10:50 a.m.      Crew suit up
11:15 a.m.      Booster loaded with liquid oxygen
11:50 a.m.      Crew meets family members on other side of the glass
12:15 p.m.      First and second stage oxygen fueling complete
12:20 p.m.      Crew walkout from 254; boards bus for the launch pad
12:25 p.m.      Crew departs for launch pad at Site 31
12:45 p.m.      Crew arrives at launch pad
12:55 p.m.      Crew boards Soyuz; strapped in to the Descent module
1:45 p.m.        Descent module hardware tested
2:00 p.m.        Hatch closed; leak checks begin
2:20 p.m.        Launch vehicle control system prep; gyro activation
2:35 p.m.        Pad service structure components lowered
2:36 p.m.        Clamshell gantry service towers retracted
2:43 p.m.        Suit leak checks begin; descent module testing complete
2:45 p.m. NASA TV: Crew pre-launch activities played (B-roll)
2:46 p.m.        Emergency escape system armed
3:05 p.m.        Suit leak checks complete; escape system to auto
3:10 p.m.        Gyros in flight readiness and recorders activated
3:13 p.m.        Pre-launch operations complete
3:14 p.m.        Launch countdown operations to auto; vehicle ready
3:15 p.m.        Commander’s controls activated
3:16 p.m.        Combustion chamber nitrogen purge
3:17 p.m.        Propellant drainback
3:17 p.m.        Booster propellant tank pressurization
3:18 p.m.        Ground propellant feed terminated
3:19 p.m.        Vehicle to internal power;
3:19 p.m.        First umbilical tower separates
Auto sequence start
3:19 p.m.        Ground umbilical to third stage disconnected
3:19 p.m.        Second umbilical tower separates
3:20 p.m.        Launch command issued
Engine Start Sequence Begins
3:20 p.m.        Engine turbopumps at flight speed
3:20 p.m.        Engines at maximum thrust
3:20:13 p.m.  LAUNCH
3:28 p.m.        Third stage separation and orbital insertion

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Written By: Mark Garcia

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