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50 Year Anniversary | John Glenn’s Orbit Around the Earth

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Fifty years ago today John H. Glenn Jr, made his historic flight in the Friendship 7 space capsule, being the first American to orbit the Earth.  The flight only lasted 88.5 minutes, but he traveled 75,679 miles reaching a speed of 17,526 mph.  NASA is planning a commemorative medallion showing the key components of John Glenn’s legacy.

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

February 20, 2012 at 7:20 am

1954 Vintage Hubley ATOMIC DISINTEGRATOR

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I found a really cool toy from the 50’s for sale in Los Angeles.  This is a beautiful and solid metal space pistol and really cool cap gun, which was made by Hubley. It has awesome detail, with knobs, dials, and its name “Atomic Disintegrator” emblazoned on both sides. Pull the secret knob under the tip of the barrel to release the loading chamber!  Any Buck Rogers or Flash Gordon fan would have loved one of these growing up.  I don’t know about pricing on these 50’s antiques but you can check out the posting here.

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

January 12, 2012 at 8:12 am

Atlantis STS-115 | NASA Mission Coin

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With the final mission on the Space Shuttle program upon us, I came across this STS-115 mission coin and thought it worthy of a post.  I am somewhat of a space memorabilia fan.  In fact I used to have a dealer save any space coins they bought for me, good thing silver has gone so high!  That was long ago, but I will always have a fascination with the space race of the sixties.  How great would it be to have a Mercury Dime or a Peace Dollar that actually had flown in space.  While these haven’t been in orbit, you can pick up one of these bronze coins from the Kennedy Space Center.

Written by Robert L. Wilson

May 18, 2011 at 5:18 am

Freedom 7 | “Let’s Light This Candle”

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Fifty years ago today the United States of America became a real contender in the space race and shot the first American into space.  Alan Shepard with his famous quote  “Let’s Light This Candle” flew the Freedom 7 space craft atop a Mercury-Redstone rocket into orbit at 9:34 a.m. EST.   Check out the tribute NASA has done to honor this historic day, it’s an interactive page with a great video.  Manned flight was the key to President Kennedy’s “We choose to go to the Moon” speech.

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

May 5, 2011 at 9:34 am

Apollo 11 | The Eagle Has Landed

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Forty years ago today President Kennedy’s “We choose to go to the Moon” speech became a reality.  Apollo 11 made up of two Americans that landed on the Moon on July, 10, 1969 at 4:17 pm EDT in the lunar module “Eagle”, with another American orbiting the Moon, awaiting their return to the “Colombia” command module, and hundreds of thousands of other Americans behind the scenes.  Having always been a fascinated with NASA and the American Space Program, these images always intrigue me and bring out the wonder of what the human race is capable of.

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

July 20, 2009 at 4:17 pm

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