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Space Shuttles

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    5 Houston Places Where Rick Perry Could Send Those 1,000 Border Troops

    Today, it is expected Governor Rick Perry will announce that he is sending 1,000 National Guard troops to the border in an effort to assist police in handling the recent surge of immigrants into the U.S., mostly unaccompanied minors from Central America. The surge has grabbed national headlines and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2014

    Space Center Is Streaming the Shuttle Craft Carrier Assembly, for Those Who Like to Watch

    The space shuttle carrier arrived at Johnson Space Center a few weeks back and now, for some strange reason, you can go watch live-streaming video of the craft being re-assembled. Yes, NASA has gone and created nonstop video of this exciting process. As y'all must be able to imagine, this exhilarati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    Johnson Space Center STILL Won't Get A Shuttle But We Get A Consolation Prize

    If you've been around Houston for a while, you may have noticed that NASA is kind of our thing. We love being "Space City" almost as much as we hate Dallas. So when we didn't get a space shuttle -- even though Florida, New York, California and Washington D.C. did -- we were kind of miffed. Well, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2013

    Ellington Airport Could Become a Commercial Spaceport (Could a Moon Vacation Be in the Cards?)

    Houston has some great airports, but now the City of Houston and the Houston Airport System are working to see about getting one airport a little something extra as a licensed spaceport. Back in the days of the space race, our rockets were heading for the moon, and it all happened so fast that it s ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 27, 2013

    The 2013 Houston Web Awards: The Best Of Online Houston

    Fox26 newscaster Isiah Carey got over his embarrassment and learned to embrace the power of social media. He’s among this year’s winners, all creative users of the latest technology.

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    Grace Kelly, Super Guppies & Men Who Shouldn't Wear Cowboy Hats: Great Old Photos Of NASA's 50 Years In Houston

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2012

    The Six Dumbest NASA Covers Time Magazine Ever Put Out

    Yesterday we wrote about how Houston and Russia are getting together to honor Yuri Gagarin and John Glenn (we listed five awesome Gagarin paintings Houston should have received in place of the artwork it did end up with), and that stirred up a bit of NASA nostalgia. Face it, the space program has b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    Five Awesome Yuri Gagarin Paintings The City Of Houston Should Have Received

    This week Mayor Annise Parker accepted on behalf of the city some artwork commemorating the 50the anniversary of the flights of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin and the U.S.A.'s John Glenn. (Gagarin, of course, was the first human in space; Glenn the first American.) The donations will be displayed i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2012

    Last Night: Devo & Blondie at Arena Theatre

    Blondie, Devo Arena Theatre September 19, 2012 What a week for New Wave around here. Psychedelic Furs and Go-Go's still to come, and Blondie and Devo teaming up for the "Whip It to Shreds" tour Wednesday night at the Arena Theatre. New Wave is as good a term as any to describe a style of music tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2012

    Pics: Space Shuttle Endeavour's Visit to Houston

    I am not one of those people who is good at estimating crowds, but if I had to guess, there were probably at least 10,000 people at Ellington Airport around 4 p.m. when I finally gave up on traffic, parked my car on Galveston Road, and walked the mile or so to hangar 990 to see Space Shuttle Endeavo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    10 Best Modern Political Speeches

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Culture

    May 24, 2012
  • News

    September 29, 2011

    Por Favor, Nanny

    Houston moms help the help.

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    "Tatooine" Discovery: Five Other Times NASA Has Drafted Off Star Wars' Heat

    NASA: If only there was a movie about a two-sun planet....​NASA officials hyped a press conference yesterday about a new discovery via the way they know best: Trot out the Star Wars references. People connected with the movie and SFX gurus Industrial Light & Magic were on the panel to discuss ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Five Famous Indian and Pakistani Houstonians

    India and Pakistan are 64 years old this week.​Dust off your South Asian flags, because this week we celebrate India's (August 15) and Pakistan's (August 14) Independence Days. Sixty-four years ago, India freed itself from the Brits and split itself into two countries. Luckily many crossed the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Great Picture of Atlantis Turnin' & Burnin' for Home

    NASA​NASA says this picture is "unprecedented," and who are we to doubt them? Taken from the International Space Station, the shot shows Atlantis beginning its descent through the earth's atmosphere, as things heat up and everyone says prayers to the heat-shield god.

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Intergalactic: A Playlist For The Space Shuttle's Last Flight Home

    NASA/Hair BallsNo more cool pictures like this for a long time :(​If you're an astronaut, you recently might have awoken you from a sound night's rest on the space shuttle to the sounds of U2, Beyonce, Electric Light Orchestra, Aaron Copeland, or even some old Coldplay. On those more unlucky d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2011

    Ground Control To Major Tom: Happy Birthday "Space Oddity"

    On this day in 1969, David Bowie released what would arguably become his (first) calling-card track, "Space Oddity." The version you see and hear above is one that the world would briefly know (we found it in promo reel Love You Till Tuesday) before he became the Bowie that we all know and love. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2011

    Eight Rejected Shuttle Designs: From Space Zeppelins to Flying Boxes to Cool Deltas

    Everyone's got an idea.​The space shuttle isn't the most graceful design ever (although it can look great in such pictures as the first one here): it's a bit boxy, more akin to an 18-wheeler than a Ferrari. But the idea of a reusable space vehicle presents unique challenges, and NASA had plen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Okay, The Mysterious Face On the Space Station Is Freaking Us Out

    NASAJust upper-right of the center? That's a MAN, baby​Yesterday we posted some great new video from NASA of the shuttle Endeavour docked to the International Space Station, seven minutes of mostly silent footage that screamed out for a soundtrack. We synched up David Bowie's "Width of a Circ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2011

    Comment of the Day: A New Motto For NASA

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    Gabrielle Giffords Walks Up Steps to Board Jet

    In case you were skeptical of the progress made by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords at the Texas Medical Center's TIRR rehab clinic, long-distance video showed her climbing the stairs to board the jet that's taking her to watch her husband's shuttle launch. KHOU's camera shows Giffords, with assistance, wal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Comment of the Day: More Space Shuttle Blues

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    Houston Gets No Space Shuttle: See What Happens When You Don't Have a Texan in the White House?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    Space Shuttle Battle: City Hall Rally to Demand Houston Gets a Used Orbiter

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    NASA, Free That Robot Now!!

    Discovery's been at the International Space Station for days now, and still no robot action. Even President Obama's getting antsy. He told the astronauts yesterday they should let R2 out of his packaging and allow him to "stretch his legs." (We're sure they had to bite their tongues to keep from bl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    Gabrielle Giffords Fallout: NASA Announces Backup Shuttle Commander, But Her Husband Still Hopes to Fly

    Mark Kelly still expects to fly in April​NASA is appointing a backup commander for the upcoming shuttle flight led by Mark Kelly, husband of wounded congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, but Kelly says he still expects to make the mission. Rick Sturckow will be the commander throughout the rest o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    NASA's Astronomy Picture Of The Day: 2010's Ten Best

    For 15 years now, NASA has been putting out an Astronomy Picture of the Day, picking whatever hits their fancy from the archives or new stuff coming in from up above. Here are ten of the best they posted this year. 10. Atlantis takes off Photos courtesy NASA​In the early morning hours of Jul ... More >>

  • News

    October 7, 2010

    Intelligent Life

    When NASA employee April Evans questioned animal experiments, her career fell apart.

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2010

    Aftermath: We Are Not Sorry For Liking LIGHTS And Owl City At Verizon

    Photos by Kendra Berglund​Friday 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    Some Thoughts On The Chronicle Cuts: So Long, Suburbs

    (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 th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    NASA Killed A Cancer Cure, Suit Alleges

    The world may have known a cure to cancer ... if only that darn Columbia space shuttle didn't disintegrate over Texas six years ago and if only NASA had been a little more careful taking care of the cargo and debris that landed back on earth.At least that's what a Pennsylvania company is arguing.Acc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2008

    NASA Has To Deal With Crummy Contractors, Just Like The Rest Of Us

    Don't you just hate it when some contractor tries to pass off some shitty work on you? When he covers it up and crosses his fingers that you'll never discover it? NASA does. And so does the Department of Justice. They announced this morning the indictment of Richard Harmon of Alvin, accused of sel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2008

    NASA At 50: Five Bad Astronaut Movies

    Part of commemorating 50 years of NASA is acknowledging its role in lionizing the men and women who performed those historic missions. The names of Alan Shepard, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Sally Ride are well known, and rightfully so, for their contributions to America's space program. And th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2008

    Do Astronauts Hate NASA's New Moon Rocket?

    With the space shuttle age dying down, NASA's next step is to return to the moon. They are designing a new rocket (called Ares I) to do it, but there may just be a revolt going on among the astronaut corps over the design of that rocket. According to the Orlando Sentinel, "the astronaut office is ... More >>

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    July 13, 2007
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    June 8, 2007
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    December 7, 2006

    Soccer in Space

    NASA.gov Joan already looks good in orange, so the Dynamo scarf should be a plus. You can't say the Houston Dynamo folks aren't geniuses when it comes to marketing... The MLS Cup game is long gone, but the team manages to stay in the news. There's word that astronaut Joan Higginbotham will take ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2006
  • News

    June 3, 2004

    Thrilled to Death

    Riders may get more than they bargained for when they head to amusement parks this summer

  • News

    March 4, 2004

    Rocket Man

    How one enterprising Johnson Space Center physicist followed his dream to Hollywood and porn stardom

  • Calendar

    February 5, 2004

    Ringing from the Rooftops

    Microcinema International gets political

  • Calendar

    August 21, 2003

    Serious Cinema

    Set in 1948, Kedma explores a present-day problem

  • News

    February 13, 2003

    Spaced Out

    Saturation coverage for another space shuttle crash

  • News

    February 6, 2003

    Last Rites

    Ghouls and grief along the Columbia debris trail

  • News

    January 30, 2003

    Last Rites

    Ghouls and grief along the Columbia debris trail

  • Music

    June 1, 2000

    Metal Help

    The late William "Tray" Folliard, the Hard Rock, and stories from 'round town

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    December 26, 1996
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    January 20, 1994
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