Posts tagged “NASA”

Life in Space

Life in Space

An exploration of life aboard the International Space Station, and the surprising reasons the mission is still worthwhile

The Orbital Debris Quarterly News

Just can’t get enough news about space garbage? Well you are in luck, my friend! From this week’s TMQ comes news of what has got to be the strangest mailing list to which you can subscribe: The Orbital Debris Quarterly News is a publication of the NASA Orbital Debris Program Office. It is published four

It Keeps Going, and Going …

It Keeps Going, and Going …

On one of the most amazing accomplishments of mankind

Chased by a Boeing Helicopter

A rather odd thing happened to me on my way to the theater Friday night. I was chased by a helicopter. Yes. I know that sounds odd. Imagine – just for a second – how odd it would feel to drive several miles with a helicopter about two car lengths behind you and only about


I’ve been saying I wanted to see an aerial view of the Pentagon, and the satellite IKONOS finally provided one. This article at CNN also shows some photos of NYC. NASA closed its major space facilities after the deadliest terrorist attack in the United States. At the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA technicians took

Determined Chimp

If the space program teaches us anything about electroshock conditioning, it’s that a strong mind can get past it. Enos, a 39-pound chimpanzee, was trained with the technique to run through the routine he’d need to complete the first primate orbiting of the Earth. During months of training, if he pulled a switch or lever

What Is This? is the personal weblog of me, David Vincent Gagne. I've been publishing here since 1999, which makes this one of the oldest continuously-updated websites on the Internet.

A few years ago I was trying to determine what cocktails I could make with the alcohol I had at home. I searched the App Store but couldn't find an app that would let me do that, so I built one.


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