With a rudderless NASA in charge, JSC has been lost in the shuffle.
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 >>
In recent years, NASA has been hit pretty hard, and another hit may be coming. We're a long ways off from the days when JFK told the nation that the United States would put a man on the moon, and in recent years, what with the Great Recession, space exploration seems to have taken a backseat. Hell, ... More >>
Arcadia Publishing is a company specializing in affordable picture-filled books on local history across the country. They've done books on such Houston institutions as the downtown Foley's, and now they've tackled the institution-alist Houston institution of all, NASA. See Also: - "Tatooine" Disco ... 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 >>
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 >>
Forty years ago today, the second-most famous space words ever were uttered: "Houston, we have a problem."THAT'S NOT WHAT HE ACTUALLY SAID, some people are likely screaming at this point. Yes, it was actually "Houston, we've had a problem." Deal with it.When it comes to Apollo 13, though, many ca ... More >>
Houston, ah, we have a big ass problem
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 >>
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 >>
Reliving the glory of America's giant leap for mankind
Flight directory Chris Kraft has a story to tell
So you know Houston's goats, heroes and high points? Think again.
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