Monthly Archives: August 2019

38: NASA Successes from Failures, PART 1

In this two-part series, RSE Dean Mikolajczyk shares several examples of how NASA learned valuable lessons from manned spaceflight mistakes including:  (Part 2 will feature manned flights and will be posted January 2020) What we learned from the Surveyer Program (the very first unmanned lunar landers) Mars Polar Lander (just a bit of a fast […]

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Episode 37: NASA Mission Control Flight Director Ed Van Cise

From Space Camp to Mission Control! Ed shares with Beth: Becoming a Space Camp Hall of Fame Honoree and meeting his childhood hero astronaut Charlie Duke Details regarding the many job responsibilities the NASA Mission Control Flight Director has, getting to crew to space safely and back home safely is always the first priority. Big […]

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Episode 36: Flying Along with Captain Mark Hardcastle

Beth Meets Airline Captain Mark Hardcastle and learns: How the air force academy put Mark on the path to a future in aviation. What’s Mark’s favorite plane? (It’s the Cadillac of planes)… Mark explains “The magic of the 4th stripe.” How do we respond when things challenge us?  Mark’s got 60+ years of inspirational stories […]

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Episode 35: Robert Feierbach on Rockets, Balloons and Satellite Access with the Swedish Space Corporation

Robert explains… While the Swedes may not be very braggadocios, they’ve launched more than 650 balloon missions with NASA, JAXA, and others to test things in 50+ kilometer altitudes…and more than 550 rocket launches! They go straight up, 400-700 kilometers, and come right back down, (often in the snow). Launching near the polar north of […]

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