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April 9th, 1959: The Mercury Seven.

“Ladies and gentlemen: Today we are introducing to you and to the world these seven men who have been selected to begin training for orbital space flight. These men, the nation’s Project Mercury astronauts, are here after  a long and … Continue reading

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Happy First Contact Day, Trekkies!

April 5th, 2063: We’re only 46 years from this most excellent of events, yo. While we wait, we continue to look to the future with hope and excitement. After all, we know that this monumental meeting between humanity and intelligent beings from a world beyond … Continue reading

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It’s William Shatner’s birthday, everybody!

Today we’re celebrating the 86th birthday of the Man himself: Captain Kirk, T.J. Hooker, Rescue 911 Guy, Denny Crane, Priceline Negotiator, and CAPTAIN JAMES TIBERIUS BY GOD KIRK. :: ahem. :: 86 years old, and still running circles around people … Continue reading

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Happy 30th Anniversary, Lethal Weapon!

“Have you ever met anybody you didn’t kill?” “Well, I haven’t killed you yet.” Spring, 1987: Some friends and I head out from the base to the movie theater, ready to check out what looks to be a pretty fun … Continue reading

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Columbia: 14 years ago today.

On the morning of February 1st, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia, returning to Earth after a successful 16-day mission, broke apart during re-entry and disintegrated, killing its seven-member crew. I spent the rest of that afternoon and the ensuing days … Continue reading

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Remembering Challenger.

73 seconds after launch on a particularly cold Florida morning 31 years ago today, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded, killing astronauts Dick Scobee, Michael Smith, Judith Resnik, Ellison Onizuka, Ron McNair, Greg Jarvis, and Christa McAuliffe. On March 21st, 1987, a permanent … Continue reading

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God speed to the crew of Apollo 1.

50 years ago tonight, while conducting a routine test of their spacecraft’s power systems, the crew of Apollo 1–Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, Edward H. White, and Roger B. Chafee–was killed when a fire broke out inside the capsule. Grissom had been with … Continue reading

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Remember the 7th.

December 7th, 1941. At the time of the attack, more than 60,000 service men and women were serving in Hawaii. More than 2,400 were lost on the 7th, with nearly 1,300 more wounded. The attack was a turning point in … Continue reading

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Happy 25th Anniversary, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country!

“Captain’s log, stardate 9529.1: This is the final cruise of the Starship Enterprise under my command. This ship and her history will shortly become the care of another crew. To them and their posterity will we commit our future. They … Continue reading

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Veterans Day.

In Flanders Fields In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days … Continue reading

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