Random Ramjet Ramblings Stuff that falls out of my brain onto Ye Olde Interwebbes The First Time...There are a number of “First Times” in a person’s life that really stand out…Godspeed GrandpaSaying farewell and Godspeed to Grandpa in the best way possibleOV-102 and meMy first up-close-and-personal experience with a true spaceflight artifact!BVI 2016 videosHighlights videos from our trip to the BVI.#babybalettie is coming!I received the best promotion ever ... I went from "Dad" to "Grandpa" as we wait for #babybalettie's arrival in December 2016.England 2016 - even more photos and travel journal goodness!Travel journals and photos from Andrew and Roger's 2016 trip to England!30 years on: Lessons from ChallengerPersonal and professional lessons from Challenger and the Foundations of Mission Operations.Saving Interstellar Private WatneyMy review of "The Martian", the film adaptation of Andy Weir's excellent book of the same name.Third place isn't so bad!I entered one of my photographs from our recent trip to England into a photo contest for Charingworth Manor... and won third place out of dozens of entries!USMNT Gold Cup 2015 openerAndrew and I had a great time at the USMNT Gold Cup 2015 opening match!England 2015 - the photos and travel journalPhotos and travel journal from our recent amazing trip to England!50 years of Mission ControlCelebrating a half-century of NASA's Mission Control Center - the heart of manned spaceflight operations!Keep Calm and...Keep Calm and Go To England. Okay! 🙂Remembering DiscoveryMemories and tons of photos from being a part of the Space Shuttle Discovery delivery and installation in the Udvar-Hazy National Air & Space Museum.Catching upJust catching up on the events of our lives over the past year or so ... time to blog again!New website, new blog, same old RogerLike lipstick on a pig ... it's the same old me. NEW BLOG THOUGH! Let's do this!Remember.A first-hand memory of the STS-51L Accident, by former Flight Dynamics Officer Roger Balettie.Experience a little bit of space history for yourself...As a movie, “Apollo 13” captured this event really well… but nothing can truly replace hearing/re-living exactly what happened.Wedding week!It's wedding week for Andrew & Liz!Gravity - it's not just a suggestion...A critical review of the movie "Gravity". Some good... some not so good. Time for a QB change?Ugh - love Tony, but it may be time for a change at QB for my Dallas Cowboys.In the company of heroesTaking my Grandfather on his Honor Flight adventure to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials.Progress marches on... but it still can be sad sometimesSeeing the new MCC-21 (21st Century Mission Control Center) project evoked some memories.Chris Kraft pulls no punchesA great summary by Chris Kraft on the direction of the US Manned Spaceflight programRoad WarriorWoof. Not as much of a Road Warrior as I used to be!Noctilucent Clouds and youA nice video of Noctilucent Clouds and a reflection on their impact on Shuttle Flight Operations.Orbital Velocity... and great analogiesA great example from the xkcd web comic on orbital velocity ... and a quick analogy with Shuttle operations.OutreachHonored to be asked to work on our church's Outreach team.The Free FrontierBill Whittle pulls no punches ... and gives an honest assessment of our space exploration program.One-Way AstronautMy thoughts on the "One-Way Astronaut" proposalMeanwhile... on the surface of Mars...An amazing set of images, showing the tracks of the Mars Curiosity Rover!First day...First day of a new job = first day of school.New COSMOS trailerOriginally... thrilled with the new COSMOS trailer. Update ... not so much.The EndReflections on the end of the Space Shuttle programLifetime Companion Dog TrainingA review of our friend's new business, Lifetime Companion Dog TrainingAtlantis debuts in her "forever home"...The Space Shuttle Atlantis debuts in her new "forever home" at KSC.SCIENCE!Buzz Aldrin and Thomas Dolby sing a live version of "She Blinded Me With Science!"Operation Overlord/D-Day - June 6, 1944Take some time today to remember those brave men who made the ultimate sacrifice as part of the D-Day Normandy invasion in World War II.Has America lost its "exploratory compass"?Neil DeGrasse Tyson asks some pointed questions about our space exploration efforts.Where have they gone?Comments on an article about former Space Shuttle Flight Controllers.Here we go again...Here we go again, into the breach for job hunting.7 Days That Shook The WorldA wonderful essay on the "7 Days That Shook The World" for Easter.Great weekendA great weekend with the family...TALLY HO on PANSTARRS!Awesome... got my first glimpse of Comet PANSTARRS tonight!Comet PANSTARRSComet PANSTARRS will soon be seen in the northern hemisphere!Decide in your heart...A great comic strip about Astronaut Chris Hadfield, from the Zenpencils website"Mission Control" just ain't what it used to be...If you're in a Mission Control Center - Act like you've been there before.Pioneers! O Pioneers!Walt Whitman's classic poem "Pioneers! O Pioneers!"Write a book?Should I write a book?Mobile bloggingMobile blogging - it's a thing. Should I?So - it's come to this...Time to get moving on my blog.Some thoughts about some people who did some stuff...Some thoughts about the men and women of Mission Control.The end of an era...Reflections at the end of the Space Shuttle era.All is wellThe poem that I used for Grandma's eulogy.