It was an exciting day on December 5th when NASA launched the new Orion spacecraft on its first unmanned test mission. Orion is designed for deep space missions. Its destination is to be determined, but today was our first step into the future!
If you have a space buff on your holiday shopping list, I want to mention two books that are essential reading. Wheels Stop: The Tragedies and Triumphs of the Space Shuttle Program (1986-2011) is a detailed look at the Shuttle after the Challenger accident by out friend Rick Houston. Rick also has a new book coming out in 2015, co-authored with Flight Director Milt Helflin, that will be the ultimate insider story of Mission Control in Houston.
Another book that is very inspiring is astronaut Jerry Ross’ autobiography, Spacewalker. Jerry is one of only two astronauts to fly 7 Shuttle missions and he held the American record for spacewalks up until recently. Ross is a man of faith who walks the walk in addition to talking the talk, so I really admire his story. We enjoyed working with him during the production of The Space Shuttle: Flying for Me.
Great gifts so check them out at any book seller.