Random Ramjet Ramblings Stuff that falls out of my brain onto Ye Olde Interwebbes READ MORE Countdown April 12, 2021 It's been 40 years since the launch of STS-1, and the excitement of that day never faded. READ MORE Tango Delta February 25, 2021 A new adventure on the red planet has begun. READ MORE Words on a Chalkboard January 27, 2021 35 years ago, I saw two faded words on a chalkboard. They influenced the rest of my NASA career. READ MORE Pumpkin Princess October 12, 2020 Grandpa's Little Princess is almost one and got to experience her first fall Pumpkin Patch! READ MORE Apollo 11: What We Saw August 11, 2020 Repost of Bill Whittle's fantastic "Apollo 11: What We Saw" video series. READ MORE Incremental Successes May 31, 2020 Another historic day in United States Human Spaceflight with the launch of SpaceX Crew Dragon on the DM-2 mission. READ MORE Demanding Situations April 1, 2020 Apollo 13 was more than just a "successful failure". READ MORE Darth Cole Turns Three! December 30, 2019 Grandpa's little buddy turns three and is obsessed with Star Wars... YAY! READ MORE If you can’t be good, be colorful December 14, 2019 Always be COLORFUL! READ MORE Oh Deer! SHE'S HERE! November 25, 2019 Grandpa's little princess Shiloh makes her appearance! READ MORE Oh Deer! She's almost here! October 7, 2019 An amazing baby shower for Melanie, Jarrett, and Shiloh! READ MORE Per Aspera September 24, 2019 A review of "Ad Astra" with a focus towards the deeper plot. READ MORE The Bunny Party September 9, 2019 A fun weekend with Cole - including the long-anticipated "Bunny Party"! READ MORE All about that (Double) Bass August 23, 2019 Life lessons from the love of music... and a corny joke. READ MORE A woodpecker did WHAT? August 11, 2019 In 1995 on STS-70, a woodpecker brought the US space program to a sudden halt. READ MORE Apollo 50: Go for the Moon. August 2, 2019 It's finally here: the full video of "Apollo 50: Go for the Moon" projection show! READ MORE Next Giant Leap July 20, 2019 It's time for that Next Giant Leap. Back to the Moon and on to Mars. READ MORE One Giant Influence July 16, 2019 Celebrating that "One Giant Step" and the personal influence it had... READ MORE It's going to be a girl! July 15, 2019 Melanie and Jarrett explosively reveal their baby's gender! (Spoiler alert: It's a girl!) READ MORE Restore, but don't remove. July 1, 2019 Restoration of the Apollo 11 MCC shouldn't mean the removal of the rest of that room's history. READ MORE The Cathedral June 17, 2019 An acolyte's journey to being ordained in "The Cathedral of Manned Spaceflight". READ MORE My last FDO Console Log Book entries February 28, 2019 Recently, 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 MORE Two Years! February 22, 2019 Grandpa's little buddy turns TWO YEARS OLD!! READ MORE Please be informed... December 24, 2018 A remembrance from the Apollo 8 Mission Control Center - 50 years ago today. READ MORE Faro-la Faro-li! October 19, 2018 I love the old black-and-white Universal monster movies, and I'm not afraid to admit it! READ MORE First Meh October 14, 2018 My review of the movie "First Man" - read at your own risk. 😉 READ MORE Fairy Falls July 11, 2018 The Best Little Hike in Yellowstone READ MORE Kallmunz June 7, 2018 Kallmunz was an interesting Bavarian gem that was enjoyed several times during some work trips to Germany. READ MORE Broadway Tower May 2, 2018 The Highest Little Castle in the Cotswolds READ MORE Pompeii April 11, 2018 A tangible feeling of history in ancient Pompeii. READ MORE Taggart Lake Hike March 22, 2018 Hiking Taggart Lake and Bradley Lake at the base of the Grand Tetons. READ MORE Ebrington and St. Eadburgha’s March 5, 2018 The joy of England isn't in London ... it's in the small Cotswolds villages with interesting places. READ MORE An Afternoon in Veurne February 23, 2018 Belgian chocolates, beer, and a great off-the-beaten-path Belgian town on a sunny afternoon. READ MORE Chichen Itza February 16, 2018 Chichen Itza remains as a mysterious ancient city rising out of the jungle that surrounds it. READ MORE Witnessing History - SpaceX February 7, 2018 If 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 MORE The World is a Book... February 5, 2018 This post starts a journey that will touch on a series of interesting places that I've visited over the years. READ MORE Now what? February 1, 2018 Be the one who recognizes... READ MORE Remembrance January 23, 2018 For 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 MORE One Year January 8, 2018 Grandpa's Little Buddy turns one year old! READ MORE Greater than the sum... July 31, 2017 A review of the movie "Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo" READ MORE The First Time... January 3, 2017 There are a number of “First Times” in a person’s life that really stand out… READ MORE Godspeed Grandpa October 27, 2016 Saying farewell and Godspeed to Grandpa in the best way possible READ MORE OV-102 and me September 19, 2016 My first up-close-and-personal experience with a true spaceflight artifact! READ MORE BVI 2016 videos August 5, 2016 Highlights videos from our trip to the BVI. READ MORE #babybalettie is coming! July 19, 2016 I received the best promotion ever ... I went from "Dad" to "Grandpa" as we wait for #babybalettie's arrival in December 2016. READ MORE England 2016 - even more photos and travel journal goodness! April 6, 2016 Travel journals and photos from Andrew and Roger's 2016 trip to England! READ MORE 30 years on: Lessons from Challenger January 25, 2016 Personal and professional lessons from Challenger and the Foundations of Mission Operations. READ MORE Saving Interstellar Private Watney October 15, 2015 My review of "The Martian", the film adaptation of Andy Weir's excellent book of the same name. READ MORE Third place isn't so bad! September 18, 2015 I 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 MORE USMNT Gold Cup 2015 opener July 9, 2015 Andrew and I had a great time at the USMNT Gold Cup 2015 opening match! READ MORE England 2015 - the photos and travel journal June 21, 2015 Photos and travel journal from our recent amazing trip to England! READ MORE 50 years of Mission Control June 3, 2015 Celebrating a half-century of NASA's Mission Control Center - the heart of manned spaceflight operations! READ MORE Keep Calm and... May 15, 2015 Keep Calm and Go To England. Okay! 🙂 READ MORE Remembering Discovery April 17, 2015 Memories 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 MORE Catching up April 15, 2015 Just catching up on the events of our lives over the past year or so ... time to blog again! READ MORE New website, new blog, same old Roger March 20, 2015 Like lipstick on a pig ... it's the same old me. NEW BLOG THOUGH! Let's do this! READ MORE Remember. January 28, 2014 A first-hand memory of the STS-51L Accident, by former Flight Dynamics Officer Roger Balettie. READ MORE Experience a little bit of space history for yourself... January 5, 2014 As a movie, “Apollo 13” captured this event really well… but nothing can truly replace hearing/re-living exactly what happened. READ MORE Wedding week! December 23, 2013 It's wedding week for Andrew & Liz! READ MORE Gravity - it's not just a suggestion... October 8, 2013 A critical review of the movie "Gravity". Some good... some not so good. READ MORE Time for a QB change? October 7, 2013 Ugh - love Tony, but it may be time for a change at QB for my Dallas Cowboys. READ MORE In the company of heroes September 19, 2013 Taking my Grandfather on his Honor Flight adventure to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials. READ MORE Progress marches on... but it still can be sad sometimes September 3, 2013 Seeing the new MCC-21 (21st Century Mission Control Center) project evoked some memories. READ MORE Chris Kraft pulls no punches September 3, 2013 A great summary by Chris Kraft on the direction of the US Manned Spaceflight program READ MORE Road Warrior August 27, 2013 Woof. Not as much of a Road Warrior as I used to be! READ MORE Noctilucent Clouds and you August 19, 2013 A nice video of Noctilucent Clouds and a reflection on their impact on Shuttle Flight Operations. READ MORE Orbital Velocity... and great analogies August 13, 2013 A great example from the xkcd web comic on orbital velocity ... and a quick analogy with Shuttle operations. READ MORE Outreach August 10, 2013 Honored to be asked to work on our church's Outreach team. READ MORE The Free Frontier August 4, 2013 Bill Whittle pulls no punches ... and gives an honest assessment of our space exploration program. READ MORE One-Way Astronaut August 3, 2013 My thoughts on the "One-Way Astronaut" proposal READ MORE Meanwhile... on the surface of Mars... July 27, 2013 An amazing set of images, showing the tracks of the Mars Curiosity Rover! READ MORE First day... July 25, 2013 First day of a new job = first day of school. READ MORE New COSMOS trailer July 21, 2013 Originally... thrilled with the new COSMOS trailer. Update ... not so much. READ MORE The End July 21, 2013 Reflections on the end of the Space Shuttle program READ MORE Lifetime Companion Dog Training July 20, 2013 A review of our friend's new business, Lifetime Companion Dog Training READ MORE Atlantis debuts in her "forever home"... June 21, 2013 The Space Shuttle Atlantis debuts in her new "forever home" at KSC. READ MORE SCIENCE! June 7, 2013 Buzz Aldrin and Thomas Dolby sing a live version of "She Blinded Me With Science!" READ MORE Operation Overlord/D-Day - June 6, 1944 June 6, 2013 Take 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 MORE Has America lost its "exploratory compass"? June 4, 2013 Neil DeGrasse Tyson asks some pointed questions about our space exploration efforts. READ MORE Where have they gone? May 22, 2013 Comments on an article about former Space Shuttle Flight Controllers. READ MORE Here we go again... May 5, 2013 Here we go again, into the breach for job hunting. READ MORE 7 Days That Shook The World March 25, 2013 This Easter, remember what we are doing, and why. READ MORE Great weekend March 18, 2013 A great weekend with the family... READ MORE TALLY HO on PANSTARRS! March 12, 2013 Awesome... got my first glimpse of Comet PANSTARRS tonight! READ MORE Comet PANSTARRS March 6, 2013 Comet PANSTARRS will soon be seen in the northern hemisphere! READ MORE Decide in your heart... March 5, 2013 A great comic strip about Astronaut Chris Hadfield, from the Zenpencils website READ MORE "Mission Control" just ain't what it used to be... March 3, 2013 If you're in a Mission Control Center - Act like you've been there before. READ MORE Pioneers! O Pioneers! February 22, 2013 Walt Whitman's classic poem "Pioneers! O Pioneers!" READ MORE Write a book? February 20, 2013 Should I write a book? READ MORE Mobile blogging February 20, 2013 Mobile blogging - it's a thing. Should I? READ MORE So - it's come to this... February 20, 2013 Time to get moving on my blog. READ MORE Some thoughts about some people who did some stuff... July 10, 2011 As the last Space Shuttle mission comes to a close, I have some thoughts about the men and women of Mission Control. READ MORE The end of an era... July 8, 2011 Reflections at the end of the Space Shuttle era. READ MORE All is well March 11, 2009 The poem that I used for Grandma's eulogy.