Sunday, September 23, 2018
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On July 24, 1950, Cape Canaveral launched its first rocket, a German two-stage V-2 rocket named Bumper.  I was three. The Apollo 7/Saturn IB space vehicle is launched from the Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 34 at 11:03 a.m. on Oct. 11, 1968. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Although I don’t remember that launch, 19 years before the first televised moon walk, all my life Cape Canaveral has meant rocket ships. The rocket ship launching site could have been in White Sands, New Mexico, which already had a missile-testing site. When a missile went astray, in 1947, however, flying over El Paso,... (Read More ...)

 Scatter plot. As long as my grandson has been willing to play around with graphs recently, we have been trying to come up with more things to graph. A scatter plot with trend line of baby age to height. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) After we graphed the number of letters in state names and the size of states in area and population, we turned to rivers and created scatter plots. One of the things I found out in all this graphing activity is that you have to figure out how many lines you have available on your graph paper, in both directions, across the top and up the side. Then, find out the highest... (Read More ...)

On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy, in an address to a Joint Session of Congress, asked for appropriations for a manned space program. President John F. Kennedy speaks at Rice University (Photo credit: Wikipedia)  “These are extraordinary times and we face an extraordinary challenge.” “Our strengths, as well as our convictions, have imposed on this nation the role of leader in freedom’s cause.” “The dramatic achievements in space which occurred in recent weeks [when Russia put the first man, Yuri Gagarin, in space] should have made clear to us all, as did the Sputnik in 1957,... (Read More ...)

Last week, readers spent the most time on: Mount Everest North Face as seen from the path to the base camp, Tibet. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) How Do You Draw Time? How Tall Is Your Teddy Bear? A Death On Easter Day How to Leave a Journal for Your Grandchild Is Chicken Soup Really Good For a Cold? Last month, readers spent the most time on: How Do You Draw Time? How Tall Is Your Teddy Bear? A Death on Easter Day Would You Want to Be Named After a Food? Where’s My Soldering Iron? Coming up next week: Hot Pepper Jelly. Monday, April 8, 2013 Did your husband introduce you to any new foods... (Read More ...)

Where Were You When We Walked on the Moon?  Everyone remembers where they were when Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon in 1969. Now, NASA provides an interactive system that allows you to keep your eyes on the solar system from your desktop, called Eyes on the Solar System. Neil Armstrong descending the ladder on the lunar module. NASA S69-42583. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I was one of those Boomers glued to my television on July 20, 1969 to see Neil Armstrong take his first steps onto the moon. My husband was a newly-commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Army. We were stationed at Fort Benning,... (Read More ...)

Cover of The Universe in a Nutshell A number of years ago, I started giving books almost exclusively for presents. I love to read, shop for, and get books for presents. I keep a running Wish List on, as do several others in my family. My secret vice is that it is a rare bookstore visit when I am shopping for gifts that I do not also find a book or two for myself. In my continuing quest to understand the world that I studied only briefly in school, and that we know more about in the intervening 50 years, I am now struggling through Steven Hawking’s The Illustrated A Brief History... (Read More ...)