Inside the shady dining room at Shuttle Burgers, inflatable space shuttles and cartoonishly fat airplanes twirl slowly at the end of fishing wire suspended from the mottled ceiling tiles. In one corner, a crackling television set's handwritten paper sign implores guests: "Don't change the channel! T ... More >>
Today is the 10th anniversary of the explosion of the space shuttle Columbia, which blew apart as it was gliding across Texas to a Florida landing.
All seven crew members died, and Texans were poking around the Piney Woods for weeks looking for debris.
NASA is keeping a low profile for the anniver ... More >>
We'll be hearing a lot of great speeches this election season, but lets take a second to remember the true giants of political rhetoric.
10. Martin Luther King: I've Been to the Mountaintop
King delivered this speech in Memphis, Tennessee the day before he was assassinated. After talking for a whi ... More >>
Even if it's not today, at some point Atlantis will lift off and eventually finish the last of the space shuttle missions.
There are plenty of famous, even iconic, NASA photographs of the program; we pulled some highlights of lesser-known ones.
15. Almost a rocket ship
This makes the shuttle look ... More >>
Photos by Troy FieldsCheck out our pictures of the final round of space shuttle simulation training at NASA's Mission Control.
Space. If you are anything like me, you've probably started to take it for granted. Save for disasters like the Columbia explosion in 2003, the country as a whole no ... More >>
On the latest "Between The Lines" segment on CW 39's Newsfix, I unloaded about the horror of Houston not receiving a space shuttle, now that the NASA program is over with. Hopefully Florida, Washington, D.C., and New York will make do with these retired spacecraft.
It's not like any of the ... More >>
Cue the loser horn:
Houston is not getting one of the retiring Space Shuttles, according to every media report out there. It's not even getting a shuttle that never went to space.
Houston put on a furious last-minute push to land one of the orbiters, but the fact that it was a last-minute push pro ... More >>
Proposed Houston home for a shuttle.As we've noted before, Houston is in a life-or-death battle to get one of the two retiring space shuttles that have flown missions, and they need all the help they can get.
The solution: A City Hall rally, complete with Mayor Annise Parker, County Judge Ed ... 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 >>
Tomorrow is the 25th anniversary of the Challenger disaster, a news event that remains so vivid -- especially to Houstonians -- that most everyone can remember where they were when they learned of it or when they first saw a replay of that launch, embedded above.
That day and its aftermath trigger ... More >>
Godspeed, DiscoveryThe space shuttle Discovery headed to the pad yesterday for its last trip into space.The 26-year-old craft has seen a lot in its career, some good, some bad, some odd. Here are five highlights:5. Being used as an old-folks' tour busIn 1998 Discovery took John Glenn up to space ... More >>
Photos by Kendra BerglundFriday night at a sold-out Verizon Wireless Theater, LIGHTS and Owl City put on surprisingly solid performances. We use the word 'surprisingly,' because we fall into the category of people who oftentimes dismiss these kinds of artists as sans-substance pawns of the ... More >>
(Note: For a while, this item was posted with the wrong byline -- it's by Steve Olafson, not Richard Connelly, and always has been. Thanks, and sorry.)The layoffs at the Houston Chronicle cut much deeper into the editorial side of the newspaper than the announced company-wide 12 percent reduction ... More >>