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50 Years

The Artemis I mission occurred 50 years after Apollo 17. What will it take to not have this happen again?

Becoming Santa

Becoming Santa

Santa Claus. Father Christmas. Kris Kringle. St. Nicholas. Papa Noel. Me.

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The space exploration advocacy website of Roger Balettie, former Flight Dynamics Officer in NASA’s Space Shuttle Mission Control Center.

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FLIGHT DYNAMICS OFFICER

The Flight Dynamics Officer (FDO, pronounced “fido”) is a Flight Controller in the Mission Control Center responsible for the overall trajectory, or flight path, of the Space Shuttle and all related payloads or other space-bound vehicles associated with the Shuttle.

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MISSION CONTROL

"Houston… Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed."

Since 1965, the Mission Control Center (MCC) has been the nerve center for America’s manned space program.

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Space- and NASA-based blog entries.

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50 Years

50 Years

The Artemis I mission occurred 50 years after Apollo 17. What will it take to not have this happen again?

Countdown

Countdown

It’s been 40 years since the launch of STS-1, and the excitement of that day never faded.

Mediterranean Cruise 2005

October 13-22, 2005

HawaiiMapDuring the Fall of 2005, Roger and Kathy took an amazing trip with Kathy’s parents (Paul and Geri) to Italy and other ports-of-call in the Mediterranean aboard the five-star Radisson cruise liner, SS Voyager.

After an initial two days in Rome, we boarded our glamorous floating hotel for an additional week of amazing stops in Italy, France, and Spain.  Seeing historical sites from across the millennia that we had only seen in books, photos, and video were stunning – but doing it from the luxury of our amazing cruise ship just made it that much more memorable.  It was really a trip-of-a-lifetime!  

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