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US Astronaut Hall of Fame

Tom Bruno

March 25, 2014

US Astronaut Hall of Fame

I am with a team of animators working in Atlanta for a few weeks, my usual home is in Los Angeles. I realized this location offered me an opportunity to travel to the Kennedy Space Center, provided I either booked a flight or rented a car to drive 7 hours. One of my co-workers agreed a road trip sounded fun and tagged along, so we decided to spend a little extra and rent a Camaro for the trip. I had never been to KSC or the Astronaut Hall of Fame, so this trip was extra special for me. My dad had been there in the mid seventies, when Skylab was still on the launchpad. And now they have replicas of it on display. I felt amazed at the immensity of the Saturn V rocket on display, and accomplishment in what the men and women of NASA had achieved throughout our American history. A great sense of pride overwhelmed me. It was an adventure for the books!

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TOM/ToughOldMan: 04/20/2014 10:25 CDT

Just thought you'd like to know about someone who is important but not as well known as maybe should be: John C. Houbolt, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA's successful moon landing in 1969, has died. He was 95. Houbolt died Tuesday at a nursing home in Scarborough, Maine, of complications from Parkinson's disease. As NASA describes on its website, while under pressure during the U.S.-Soviet space race, Houbolt was the catalyst in securing U.S. commitment to the science and engineering theory that eventually carried the Apollo crew to the moon and back safely.

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