Random Ramjet Ramblings Stuff that falls out of my brain onto Ye Olde Interwebbes READ MOREOh Deer! She's almost here!October 7, 2019An amazing baby shower for Melanie, Jarrett, and Shiloh!READ MOREPer AsperaSeptember 24, 2019A review of "Ad Astra" with a focus towards the deeper plot.READ MOREThe Bunny PartySeptember 9, 2019A fun weekend with Cole - including the long-anticipated "Bunny Party"!READ MOREAll about that (Double) BassAugust 23, 2019Life lessons from the love of music... and a corny joke.READ MOREA woodpecker did WHAT?August 11, 2019In 1995 on STS-70, a woodpecker brought the US space program to a sudden halt.READ MOREApollo 50: Go for the Moon.August 2, 2019It's finally here: the full video of "Apollo 50: Go for the Moon" projection show!READ MORENext Giant LeapJuly 20, 2019It's time for that Next Giant Leap. Back to the Moon and on to Mars.READ MOREOne Giant InfluenceJuly 16, 2019Celebrating that "One Giant Step" and the personal influence it had...READ MOREIt's going to be a girl!July 15, 2019Melanie and Jarrett explosively reveal their baby's gender! (Spoiler alert: It's a girl!)READ MORERestore, but don't remove.July 1, 2019Restoration of the Apollo 11 MCC shouldn't mean the removal of the rest of that room's history.READ MOREThe CathedralJune 17, 2019An acolyte's journey to being ordained in "The Cathedral of Manned Spaceflight".READ MOREMy last FDO Console Log Book entriesFebruary 28, 2019Recently, I was back at JSC and got to see some old Manned Spaceflight artifacts - including the FDO Console log book from my last flight.READ MORETwo Years!February 22, 2019Grandpa's little buddy turns TWO YEARS OLD!!READ MOREPlease be informed...December 24, 2018A remembrance from the Apollo 8 Mission Control Center - 50 years ago today.READ MOREFaro-la Faro-li!October 19, 2018I love the old black-and-white Universal monster movies, and I'm not afraid to admit it!READ MOREFirst MehOctober 14, 2018My review of the movie "First Man" - read at your own risk. 😉READ MOREFairy FallsJuly 11, 2018The Best Little Hike in YellowstoneREAD MOREKallmunzJune 7, 2018Kallmunz was an interesting Bavarian gem that was enjoyed several times during some work trips to Germany.READ MOREBroadway TowerMay 2, 2018The Highest Little Castle in the CotswoldsREAD MOREPompeiiApril 11, 2018A tangible feeling of history in ancient Pompeii.READ MORETaggart Lake HikeMarch 22, 2018Hiking Taggart Lake and Bradley Lake at the base of the Grand Tetons.READ MOREEbrington and St. Eadburgha’sMarch 5, 2018The joy of England isn't in London ... it's in the small Cotswolds villages with interesting places.READ MOREAn Afternoon in VeurneFebruary 23, 2018Belgian chocolates, beer, and a great off-the-beaten-path Belgian town on a sunny afternoon.READ MOREChichen ItzaFebruary 16, 2018Chichen Itza remains as a mysterious ancient city rising out of the jungle that surrounds it.READ MOREWitnessing History - SpaceXFebruary 7, 2018If you're fortunate to live long enough, you'll have numerous events that may seem historic at the moment that actually stand the test of time and retain that cherished "Historic Moment" description.READ MOREThe World is a Book...February 5, 2018This post starts a journey that will touch on a series of interesting places that I've visited over the years.READ MORENow what?February 1, 2018Be the one who recognizes...READ MORERemembranceJanuary 23, 2018For those of us who have been intimately involved with Manned Spaceflight or if you have been interested and valued supporters from outside the program, the week from January 27 - February 1 is a particularly somber time of the year.READ MOREOne YearJanuary 8, 2018Grandpa's Little Buddy turns one year old!READ MOREGreater than the sum...July 31, 2017A review of the movie "Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo"READ MOREThe First Time...January 3, 2017There are a number of “First Times” in a person’s life that really stand out…READ MOREGodspeed GrandpaOctober 27, 2016Saying farewell and Godspeed to Grandpa in the best way possibleREAD MOREOV-102 and meSeptember 19, 2016My first up-close-and-personal experience with a true spaceflight artifact!READ MOREBVI 2016 videosAugust 5, 2016Highlights videos from our trip to the BVI.READ MORE#babybalettie is coming!July 19, 2016I received the best promotion ever ... I went from "Dad" to "Grandpa" as we wait for #babybalettie's arrival in December 2016.READ MOREEngland 2016 - even more photos and travel journal goodness!April 6, 2016Travel journals and photos from Andrew and Roger's 2016 trip to England!READ MORE30 years on: Lessons from ChallengerJanuary 25, 2016Personal and professional lessons from Challenger and the Foundations of Mission Operations.READ MORESaving Interstellar Private WatneyOctober 15, 2015My review of "The Martian", the film adaptation of Andy Weir's excellent book of the same name.READ MOREThird place isn't so bad!September 18, 2015I entered one of my photographs from our recent trip to England into a photo contest for Charingworth Manor... and won third place out of dozens of entries!READ MOREUSMNT Gold Cup 2015 openerJuly 9, 2015Andrew and I had a great time at the USMNT Gold Cup 2015 opening match!READ MOREEngland 2015 - the photos and travel journalJune 21, 2015Photos and travel journal from our recent amazing trip to England!READ MORE50 years of Mission ControlJune 3, 2015Celebrating a half-century of NASA's Mission Control Center - the heart of manned spaceflight operations!READ MOREKeep Calm and...May 15, 2015Keep Calm and Go To England. Okay! 🙂READ MORERemembering DiscoveryApril 17, 2015Memories and tons of photos from being a part of the Space Shuttle Discovery delivery and installation in the Udvar-Hazy National Air & Space Museum.READ MORECatching upApril 15, 2015Just catching up on the events of our lives over the past year or so ... time to blog again!READ MORENew website, new blog, same old RogerMarch 20, 2015Like lipstick on a pig ... it's the same old me. NEW BLOG THOUGH! Let's do this!READ MORERemember.January 28, 2014A first-hand memory of the STS-51L Accident, by former Flight Dynamics Officer Roger Balettie.READ MOREExperience a little bit of space history for yourself...January 5, 2014As a movie, “Apollo 13” captured this event really well… but nothing can truly replace hearing/re-living exactly what happened.READ MOREWedding week!December 23, 2013It's wedding week for Andrew & Liz!READ MOREGravity - it's not just a suggestion...October 8, 2013A critical review of the movie "Gravity". Some good... some not so good. READ MORETime for a QB change?October 7, 2013Ugh - love Tony, but it may be time for a change at QB for my Dallas Cowboys.READ MOREIn the company of heroesSeptember 19, 2013Taking my Grandfather on his Honor Flight adventure to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials.READ MOREProgress marches on... but it still can be sad sometimesSeptember 3, 2013Seeing the new MCC-21 (21st Century Mission Control Center) project evoked some memories.READ MOREChris Kraft pulls no punchesSeptember 3, 2013A great summary by Chris Kraft on the direction of the US Manned Spaceflight programREAD MORERoad WarriorAugust 27, 2013Woof. Not as much of a Road Warrior as I used to be!READ MORENoctilucent Clouds and youAugust 19, 2013A nice video of Noctilucent Clouds and a reflection on their impact on Shuttle Flight Operations.READ MOREOrbital Velocity... and great analogiesAugust 13, 2013A great example from the xkcd web comic on orbital velocity ... and a quick analogy with Shuttle operations.READ MOREOutreachAugust 10, 2013Honored to be asked to work on our church's Outreach team.READ MOREThe Free FrontierAugust 4, 2013Bill Whittle pulls no punches ... and gives an honest assessment of our space exploration program.READ MOREOne-Way AstronautAugust 3, 2013My thoughts on the "One-Way Astronaut" proposalREAD MOREMeanwhile... on the surface of Mars...July 27, 2013An amazing set of images, showing the tracks of the Mars Curiosity Rover!READ MOREFirst day...July 25, 2013First day of a new job = first day of school.READ MORENew COSMOS trailerJuly 21, 2013Originally... thrilled with the new COSMOS trailer. Update ... not so much.READ MOREThe EndJuly 21, 2013Reflections on the end of the Space Shuttle programREAD MORELifetime Companion Dog TrainingJuly 20, 2013A review of our friend's new business, Lifetime Companion Dog TrainingREAD MOREAtlantis debuts in her "forever home"...June 21, 2013The Space Shuttle Atlantis debuts in her new "forever home" at KSC.READ MORESCIENCE!June 7, 2013Buzz Aldrin and Thomas Dolby sing a live version of "She Blinded Me With Science!"READ MOREOperation Overlord/D-Day - June 6, 1944June 6, 2013Take some time today to remember those brave men who made the ultimate sacrifice as part of the D-Day Normandy invasion in World War II.READ MOREHas America lost its "exploratory compass"?June 4, 2013Neil DeGrasse Tyson asks some pointed questions about our space exploration efforts.READ MOREWhere have they gone?May 22, 2013Comments on an article about former Space Shuttle Flight Controllers.READ MOREHere we go again...May 5, 2013Here we go again, into the breach for job hunting.READ MORE7 Days That Shook The WorldMarch 25, 2013This Easter, remember what we are doing, and why.READ MOREGreat weekendMarch 18, 2013A great weekend with the family...READ MORETALLY HO on PANSTARRS!March 12, 2013Awesome... got my first glimpse of Comet PANSTARRS tonight!READ MOREComet PANSTARRSMarch 6, 2013Comet PANSTARRS will soon be seen in the northern hemisphere!READ MOREDecide in your heart...March 5, 2013A great comic strip about Astronaut Chris Hadfield, from the Zenpencils websiteREAD MORE"Mission Control" just ain't what it used to be...March 3, 2013If you're in a Mission Control Center - Act like you've been there before.READ MOREPioneers! O Pioneers!February 22, 2013Walt Whitman's classic poem "Pioneers! O Pioneers!"READ MOREWrite a book?February 20, 2013Should I write a book?READ MOREMobile bloggingFebruary 20, 2013Mobile blogging - it's a thing. Should I?READ MORESo - it's come to this...February 20, 2013Time to get moving on my blog.READ MORESome thoughts about some people who did some stuff...July 10, 2011As the last Space Shuttle mission comes to a close, I have some thoughts about the men and women of Mission Control.READ MOREThe end of an era...July 8, 2011Reflections at the end of the Space Shuttle era.READ MOREAll is wellMarch 11, 2009The poem that I used for Grandma's eulogy.