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This speech was given 50 years ago on Sept 12th 1962.  I’ll be honest, I’ve never watched the whole thing until today.  It’s still incredibly powerful and poignant.  The way he speaks about the national effort in space is hard to believe.  There’s a surreal point where he actually BRAGS about tripling NASA’s budget which is followed by an applause break.  What a change we’ve had in 50 years.

“However, I think we’re going to do it.  And I think we must pay what needs to be paid.  I don’t think we ought to waste any money, but I think we ought to do the job…and it will be done by the end of this decade!”  How could they fail with talk like that?!


I can’t tell if I love this or hate it.  Hit the jump for my thoughts and two inaccuracy I noticed in the video:

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Neil Armstrong’s death on August 25th, 2012 has affected me more than I thought it would.  He is, without a doubt, an American hero, but heroes die everyday.  The difference with Armstrong is he wasn’t just a hero, he was a living mythological, enigmatic figure who’s exploits are the stuff of legend.  Many to this day still have trouble accepting his achievements as reality.  “Walking on the moon” was literally a cliche for achieving the impossible….until Neil.

Armstrong was the first human to leave the earth with a destination on his itinerary.  The first to get Moon dust on his boots.  He is among the last of the great explorers; a fearless and determined breed who have yet to be replaced.  Armstrong will be remembered for as long as there is human history to speak of, but his family asks us to remember him when we “walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.”

Godspeed, Neil Armstrong.

UPDATE after the jump:
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It’s another Spacesuit drawing.  I’m still hammering out details for a comic so in the meantime I figured I’d do some character design work.

BTW, congrats to SpaceX and NASA for having a successful docking of the Dragon capsule to the ISS!!  Now let’s hope for a flawless reentry and splash down on May 31st.  GO DRAGON GO!

The Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) is bus-sized satellite that was launched in 1991 to study the hole in the Ozone layer.  It’s scheduled to reenter the atmosphere on Friday Sept. 23…

UPDATE after the jump on NEW READERS!
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Recently, NASA released it’s much delayed and anticipated rocket design that will be replacing the Constellation program.  The new design is called the SLS (Space Launch System.)  Without a doubt, this is the worst named rocket in NASA history!  It couldn’t be more literal or boring!  Hit the jump for an artist’s rendition of NASA’s new SLS.

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Read about whatever the hell a Super-Earth is and why I’m talking about one after the jump Read More »

GRAIL Satellites…smart.  More on the strip and mission after the jump:

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…this comic seems like a negative critique of NASA’s new photos, but I actually think they’re pretty darn cool.  Check one of them out after the jump.
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NASA gave Expidition 28 Labor Day off…I imagine this is how they spent their time.

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