There was a generation of kids who grew up idolizing the astronauts. The men of the Mercury missions, the Apollo crews -- the guys who risked everything, put it all on the line to beat the Russians and launch into outer space. John Glenn, Alan Shepard, Neil Armstrong -- these guys were national he ... More >>
The Star Trek shuttlecraft Galileo is making a landing in Houston, coming to rest at Space Center Houston as a permanent exhibit. Star Trek fans may remember the ill-fated voyage of Galileo, sent out from the Enterprise to explore a star system with a small crew led by First Officer Spock. In the e ... More >>
This weekend was marred by the death of the first man on the moon, Apollo astronaut Neil Armstrong, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 82. The trio of Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin made up the Apollo 11 crew that set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969. The space race of the '60 ... More >>
Fifty years ago John Glenn became the first American into orbit, an important first step on the way to the moon. You can search the Smithsonian's archives for Friendship 7 items, and some of them are, well, odd. Like these five: 5. Mark Dixon's blanket Who's Mark Dixon? Just some kid from Michigan ... More >>
Skylab IV: Not happy campersSkylab IV splashed down on this day in 1974, ending the last mission to America's first space station. They were glad to get home. The crew of Skylab IV -- William Pogue, Gerald Carr and Edward Gibson -- became famous for the sheer amount of complaining they did. ... More >>
On this day in 1958 Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite to be put into orbit, fell to Earth after completing 1,440 orbits. The launch of Sputnik was seen as a major blow to the American quest for space superiority, and a significant step forward in the space race by the Soviet Union. In the ... More >>
No, he won't sign itWhich living person has the world's most sought-after autograph? Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon. A Houstonian has written a book about it. Anthony Pizzatola is a vice-president of the Universal Autograph Collector's Club and he's written Neil Armstrong: The Quest F ... More >>
Riding Rockets: Raunchy, raucous and funny.Astronaut autobiographies can be a very mixed bag. On the one hand, that should be surprising given the harrowing, thrilling life-and-death stories which are inherent; on the other hand, the authors are generally not very good writers. And even if t ... More >>
We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>
The flag: Better than a solar-wind experiment that just looks like a flagWednesday marks the 42nd anniversary of man landing on the moon. One small step, and all that. It's an odd anniversary, the 42nd, so here are five odd facts about the mission. 5. Buzz Aldrin, First Man To Piss On The M ... More >>
Not only is failure not an option, it's not an accurate quoteForty-one years ago Apollo 13 blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center, and things went swimmingly for a while. Last year we listed our favorite dweebiest nit-picks about the movie; this year let's look at some favorite pieces of ... More >>
The museum hosts a must-see exhibition of works by art pioneer Kurt Schwitters.
Its an insiders view at the race for space
Photo via CollectSpaceThe Gemini-Titan, ready for refurbishingLast week, with little fanfare, a truck rolled up to the Johnson Space Center with a unique cargo.It was a replica of a Gemini-Titan rocket with capsule, and it means SpaceCenter's Rocket Park will fill in a missing piece of JSC histor ... More >>
Fly me to the moon...oh, wait, we missed it!
Houston, ah, we have a big ass problem
Nowadays, being an astronaut just doesn't have the cachet it once did. But back in the 1960s, astronauts were celebrities, and an obscure neighborhood near Clear Lake was their Beverly Hills.Timber Cove was a development of what today would be considered smallish homes -- no McMansions here -- on ... More >>
Houston's resident urban mannerist takes a hard look at life in black America
Photo by NASAIn the old days of Hollywood, they used to talk of "the Jesus Curse" -- any actor who played JC on screen was thereafter soomed to obscurity.Does the same thing happen to actors who play Neil Armstrong? There aren't as many Apollo 11 movies as you might expect, but the evidence still is ... More >>
Houston, we have a celebration
Photo courtesy NASAA salute to Mr. JablonskiHey, guess what!! Monday brings the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing!!Oh, you heard? Well, get ready to hear more -- this weekend and Monday will no doubt be a "One small step for man" marathon.Which is fine -- the moon mission was a crazy, a ... More >>
Houstonians have always had a special place in their heart for Apollo 13, the Tom Hanks movie that chronicles the only moon mission that didn't make it.(And for the mission itself, of course, which unfortunately enough gave us the "Houston, we have a problem" cliche that leads to lots and lots of la ... More >>
Houston the Eagle has landed.
On a recent trip to the El Bolillo Bakery in Houston I snapped a random picture of birthday cakes stacked high on a rolling cart. Later that day when I downloaded the pictures to my laptop, I noticed the salutation on one of the cakes -- "Feliz cumpleaños Darwin." Darwin? You don't hear about man ... More >>
Today is NASA’s 50th anniversary. It is also almost 40 years since the organization’s signature acheivement, but hey, Kurt Cobain peaked early too. Almost 500 people have been trained as astronauts in NASA’s lifetime. And they haven’t all been the clean-cut, strong-jawed John Glenn types. ... More >>
This exhibit needs an editor, but it doesn't matter
The newest 3-D animated film chronicles the first landing on the moon from the point of view of a fly on the wall
Be prepared to be afraid
Blaffer Gallery unveils a show that would make Warhol proud
Never gone to New York? The MoMA comes to Houston
James Rosenquist's workmanlike, old-school approach keeps coming up with new challenges
The Museum of Fine Arts tries to draw in the crowds with a "Season of Impressionism"
The Lone Star Flight Museum celebrates Galveston's place in aviation history
Flight directory Chris Kraft has a story to tell
So you know Houston's goats, heroes and high points? Think again.
More than just soup cans
Texas Motorcycle Rights Association
Writer James Schefter
Both corny and inspiring, Apollo 13 is about more than a space mission
Houston's Al Reinert spins a tale of his hometown for the big screen
At the MFA, lunar imagery blurs the line between science and art