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Earthrise
Christmas Eve 1968

 

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Apollo 8

“IN THE BEGINNING,

God created the heavens and the earth.”

—— December 24, 1968

 

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• “Ball Of Confusion”

Back to the Future — On that day (September 29, 1988), the launch of space shuttle Discovery marked America’s anxiously awaited return to space. This was NASA’s first manned mission since the Challenger had exploded after lifting off two years earlier.

Just Say Go” signs and green ribbons were all around Brevard County, expressing a renewed optimism on Florida’s Space Coast. Nowhere was the hope higher, and more on display, than in the small, downtown village that connects Cocoa and Rockledge, two of Florida’s oldest, picturesque, coastal communities.

Two of the best seats in the World’s most exciting theater. Front row center, comfortably on the Indian River, across from Merritt Island, Mosquito Lagoon, the VAB, and Launch Complex #39, Planet Earth’s Most Sacred Ground.

 

Home
Is Where The Rockets Fly
ROCKETS I HAVE SEEN …

 


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Enjoy The Ride — After turning east, off US1 and onto Coquina Road, then north on Rockledge Drive (The River Road), you’re prepared to begin one of Florida’s most “scenic” rides, winding alongside the Indian River, five palm and oak-lined miles that comes to a rusty, corrugated metal building, (barely) standing on stilts in the shallow water off the river’s sandy bank.

A DAY IN THE LIFE

 

The deteriorating structure is what’s left of Hub’s Inn, once a restaurant/nightclub, that between 1920 and 1970, was one of the most popular spots on all of Florida’s 600-mile East Coast.

A favorite of Al Capone, who would sail his motor yacht up the Intracoastal Waterway from his home in Miami Beach.

Since it’s closing, Old Hub’s Inn has also been a favorite spot to watch the rockets fly. To see them rise into, and streak across the clear-blue sky, riding fountains of flame, into the distance, over the horizon, and disappearing as they continue on their way into outer space.

Before the launch, looking across the Indian River, toward Merritt Island and Mosquito Lagoon, NASA’s Vertical/Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), is seen standing solid and tall, next to the legendary (launch) PADS 39 A/B.

Tethered to the steel gantry is a rocket and its crew, anxiously waiting for the countdown, explosive ignition, and exciting lift off.

Complex #39 — The NASA logo and American flag painted on the side of the VAB are clearly visible from ten miles away. Rises from the Horizon, a straight line of close-to-the-dune palmetto scrub, running along the long, sandy, cape that, for centuries, has defined Florida’s East Coast.

 

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The Cape
Florida’s Most Sacred Ground

The point on Earth from where mankind embarked on its most ambitious voyage.

graphic position

 North  28°36′30.2″ West 80°36′15.6″

Last Stepping Stone
To The Moon

Launch Complex #39Where America’s most accomplished pilots, engineers, scientists, doctors, and military officers, (Astronauts) spent their last moments, before leaving the Earth, and embarking on Mankind’s greatest adventure.

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Signing Off  — After every launch from the Cape, the rocket leaves a unique after cloud in the sky over Complex #39. A unique signature, lingering in the breeze until it dissipates slowly.

The infinity-shaped cloud pictured here, was signed by space shuttle Discovery (STS-133), after it’s final launch, February 24, 2011, a supply mission to the low-orbiting International Space Station. By the end of the year, after two final missions, NASA’s 30-year shuttle program was over.

 

— U2 (NASA)

Message from above — Then the mission commander of STS-134, what might have been the last of NASA’s 40-year space shuttle program, Mark Kelley took Bono up on his invitation to speak to U2 audiences from the International Space Station.

THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES 

May 16, 2011 — The penultimate mission of NASA‘s Space Shuttle program,(STS-134), and  Endeavour‘s 25th and last flight.

Mark Kelly was the flight’s mission commander, responsible for delivering the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer and an ExPRESS Logistics Carrier to the International Space Station.

It was thought that STS-134 could have been the last, with most Republicans in Congress opposing the funding required to launch STS-135, but as soon as February, NASA announced definitely that STS-135 would fly, “regardless” of Congress’ denial of funding.

July 8, 2011 — Taking advantage of the time and preparations necessary for STS-335, the “On Need” launch, the mission that would have been necessary if the STS-134 crew became stranded in orbit. That made Atlantis (STS-135) the last. Two weeks after launch, upon its return and landing at the Kennedy Space Center, the 135th mission, and the entirety of NASA’s 30-year Space Shuttle Program, was over.

The retirement of NASA‘s Space Shuttle fleet took place from March to July 2011. Discovery (STS-133), March 9, 2011 was the first of the three active Space Shuttles to be retired Endeavour (STS-134), June 1; and Atlantis (STS-135), ended the Shuttle program when it landed at The Kennedy Space Center (Cape Canaveral), July 21, 2011.

 

What a Difference a Decade Makes

International Space Station, Galactic Waste, Privatization, Richard Branson, Virgin Atlantic, Elon Musk, SpaceX, Private Property?,  Politicization, Militarization, and Space Force Nonsense.

— originalnoise.org

SpaceX Cometh 

“Change Is Gonna Come”
The Inaugural Falcon — A look into the Future of space travel, and a  reminder (warning) of how Donald Trump not only didn’t make America any greater, he nearly destroyed our effort to boldly go where no man has gone before.
“I’ll break your fucking camera,

if you take a picture of me.”
Unlike an invitation to a tall glass of sweet tea and watching a countdown on the host family’s primitive black and white television set with its aluminum foil-wrapped rabbit ear antenna.

 

It’s A New Day
February 6, 2018

 

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Fifty years laterar from the fondest of memories, watching all the “manned launches,” starting with Alan Shepard’s most exhilarating, 15-minute, up and down ride anyone had ever seen.
From our front yard on the Cocoa mainland, my mother, my sister, my brother, and I watched the yellow flame rise into the clear blue Florida sky, and after it disappeared, we went inside to begin what would be a life-long, Space Coast ritual.
Closing the screen door behind you, and sitting down in the living room, listening to one of the network newsmen, writing (telling) America’s history as they saw it.
We, like most, listened to Walter Cronkite, the voice of CBS news, the Truth in America.
Walter Cronkite — an honest man who told us what he saw.

Same Space, Different Time — For the dozen Apollo Astronauts who walked on the Moon, the last spot on earth they touched before their galactic stroll, was Cape Canaveral, Florida.

On this day, nearly 40 years later, the Space Shuttle Discovery sat quietly on the same spot, it’s crew waiting anxiously to ride the fountain of fire, away from The Cape, and toward their outer space destination, the International Space Station, orbiting 300 miles overhead.

The deteriorating, corrugated-metal building is Hub’s Inn, a Space Coast seafood restaurant and lounge, popular in the 1920s. Indian River lore having it that Hub’s was a favorite of Al Capone, to where he and his Miami mob associates sailed their motor yachts, up the Intracoastal Waterway, and bought exclusive time at Hub’s Inn, enough time to satisfy their near-insatiable desire for Wine, Women, and Song.

INSIDE (CONTENTS)

 

Astronaut Mark Kelly
Has David Bowie Moment
in U2 Concert

Astronaut Mark Kelly spells out a message ("It's a beautiful day") while floating on the International Space Station during a video appearance at a U2 concert in Seattle June 5.

— NASA

Astronaut Mark Kelly spells out a message (“It’s a beautiful day”) while floating on the International Space Station during a video appearance at a U2 concert in Seattle June 5, 2011.

A U2 concert in Seattle this week officially sailed “out-of-this-world” when NASA astronaut Mark Kelly made an appearance from space in a pre-recorded message.

On Sunday (June 5) at Quest Field in Seattle, U2 lead singer Bono dedicated the song “Beautiful Day” to Kelly’s wife Gabrielle Giffords, a Congresswoman from Arizona who was wounded during a January shooting.

The song holds special significance to Giffords, as she chose it to play as the wakeup song one morning during Kelly’s recent trip on the space shuttle Endeavour’s final mission.

“Imagine a man looking down on us from 200 miles up,” Bono said during the concert, part of U2’s U2360° world tour. “Looking down at our beautiful crowded planet… What would he say to us? What is on your mind Commander Kelly?”

Born To Be Wild — Easy Rider (Stepenwolf)
“TO THE MOON ALICE”
ALICE’S RESTAURANT

WOODSTOCK
JIMI HENDRIX “Purple Haze” / “Star Spangled Banner”

Apollo 11
July 21, 1969
One Small Step For Man (Neil Armstrong)
One Giant Leap For Mankind.

 

BILLBOARD TOP 100 [1969]

01 “Sugar, Sugar” — The Archies
02 “Aquarius, Let The Sun Shine” — The 5th Dimension
03 “I Can’t Get Next To You” — The Temptations
04 “Honky Tonk Women” — The Rolling Stones
05 “Everyday People” — Sly & The Family Stone
06 “Dizzy” — Tommy Roe (vs.Wade)
07 “Hot Fun In The Summertime” — Sly & The Family Stone
08 “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again” — Tom Jones
09 “Build Me Up Buttercup” — The Foundations
10 “Crimson and Clover” — Tommy James & The Shondells (Prince)
11 “One” — Three Dog Night
12 “Crystal Blue Persuassion” — Tommy James & The Shondells (Morcheeba)
13 “Hair” — The Cowsills
14 “Too Busy Thinking About My Baby”— Marvin Gaye
15 “Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet” Henry Mancini
16 “Get Together” The Youngbloods

 

Three Days of Peace
& Music

Woodstock Music Festival
Within a month of Neil Armstrong stepping on the moon, the legendary Woodstock Music Festival (“Three Days Of Peace And Music”) was lived on a farm in Upstate New York (August 15-17).

17 “Grazing in the Grass” The Friends of Distinction
18 “Suspicious Minds” Elvis Presley
19 “Proud Mary” Creedence Clearwater Revival
20 “What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)” Jr. Walker & The All Stars
21 “It’s Your Thing” The Isley Brothers
22 “Sweet Caroline” Neil Diamond
23 “Jean” Oliver
24 “Bad Moon Rising” Creedence Clearwater Revival
25 “Get Back” The Beatles with Billy Preston
26 “In the Year 2525” Zager & Evans
27 “Spinning Wheel” Blood, Sweat & Tears
28 “Baby, I Love You” Andy Kim
29 “Going in Circles” The Friends of Distinction
30 “Hurt So Bad” The Lettermen
31 “Green River” Creedence Clearwater Revival
32 “My Cherie Amour” Stevie Wonder
33 “Easy to Be Hard” Three Dog Night
34 “Baby It’s You” Smith
35 “In the Ghetto” Elvis Presley

 

A Florida Journalist, Photographer, and Art Director with an eclectic client list of individuals and organizations with musical, visual, educational, and editorial interests.

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