Glen De Vries

We Lost an Astronaut Last Week: A Tribute to Glen De Vries

The space community is still processing the loss of one of our newest astronauts, Glen de Vries. I have to admit that I am still absorbing what has happened.
As fate would have it, I interviewed Glen at 8 am on Friday, November 12 for the next edition of my book. It was at 3 pm that same day that his plane crashed, killing him and one other person.

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Bob Krone

A Tribute to Bob Krone

Bob Krone had a number of successful careers, including the Air Force, in which he reached the rank of Colonel, and as an educator who mentored numerous graduate students in a number of institutions. He was instrumental in the founding of the Kepler Space Institute, and served as its president until he died on September 15, 2021, at the age of 91. He also helped launch the Journal of Space Philosophy. Bob regularly attended the Overview Round Table, a weekly gathering sponsored by the Human Space Program. The following is a tribute to him that I wrote for his family’s memorial service

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Space Port

Let’s Stop Pretending Space is Hard

By and large, the space community talks about space exploration and development as though it is science fiction come to life. As a society, we have formed this idea that space is far beyond our scope of existence. And in many senses it is. Riding rockets to the Moon used to happen only in Tom Swift novels, but so long as the space environment is seen as an impossibly distant and challenging place, the vast majority of humanity will feel as though it is not for them

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top secret

The Pentagon’s “Zen Report” on UFOs/UAPs

The report finds that most of the sightings cannot be explained, and gives rather bland explanations of what they might be: Of the 144 sightings, only one was explained and that was a “deflated weather balloon.” By comparison with Project Blue Book, this study could only explain less than one percent of the total. It gives the impression, in my opinion, that the investigators didn’t try very hard.

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Earth Overview

What if Richard and Jeff Flew Together?

It’s hard not to get excited about personal space exploration right now, isn’t it? After all, we have Inspiration4, DearMoon, Axiom flights to the ISS, and…Sir Richard Branson just announced the Unity 22 mission, which will fly nine days before Jeff Bezos lifts off on his own Blue Origin flight!

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