The latest edition of “This Week In Space” is available for your viewing pleasure. Please take a look! Hello, and welcome. Our theme this week is detente – as in the easing of hostilities between rivals. It is what we … Continue readingTagged Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, Apollo–Soyuz Test Project, Deke Slayton, International Space Station, Kennedy Space Center, Low Earth orbit, NASA, Space, Technology, Vance D. Brand
The latest edition of “This Week In Space” is now available for your viewing pleasure. Please give us a look… Hello and Welcome. We begin with a big orange caboose – if you will. The last space shuttle external fuel … Continue readingTagged Baikonur Cosmodrome, International Space Station, Kennedy Space Center, Lockheed Martin, Michoud Assembly Facility, NASA, Space, Space Shuttle, United Space Alliance
David Waters is your host for the latest edition of “This Week In Space.” Check us out! It was a nail biter – sample return missions always are – but in the end JAXA pulled it out and the troubled … Continue readingTagged Earth, Hayabusa, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Kennedy Space Center, Lockheed Martin, NASA, Space, Technology
The latest edition of “This Week In Space” is now available. Check us out! We begin at the end this week – the end of an era in space. Well maybe. This was the scene at the Kennedy Space Center … Continue readingTagged Buzz Aldrin, Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, Hubble Space Telescope, International Space Station, Kennedy Space Center, Low Earth orbit, NASA, Neil Armstrong, Space, Space exploration, Space Shuttle Atlantis
Hello and Welcome from the Kennedy Space Center. The Space Shuttle Atlantis is on the pad – pointed in the right direction – marching toward what will likely be her last mission. The crew of 6 – led by commander … Continue readingTagged Apollo 13, Jim Lovell, Kennedy Space Center, NASA, Space, Space Shuttle, Space Shuttle Atlantis, Technology
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER – FL – My head is spinning as I sit here waiting for President Obama to do what should have been done when the White House rolled out its budget for NASA: do the vision thing. I … Continue readingTagged Barack Obama, Columbia Accident Investigation Board, George W. Bush, International Space Station, Kennedy Space Center, NASA, Pennsylvania Avenue, Space, Space exploration
The latest edition of “This Week In Space” is available! Check us out [youtubevid id="wHjCsmKl7Yw"] Hello and welcome - I am taking the week off – doing some diving with my 17 year old son in the Cayman Islands…would love … Continue readingTagged Baikonur Cosmodrome, Constellation program, International Space Station, Kennedy Space Center, NASA, Space, Technology, Tracy Caldwell Dyson
The Space Shuttle Endeavour was fresh off its night time landing at the Kennedy Space Center. The 6 person crew – led by Marine Colonel George Zamka – the guy they call Zambo – logged a successful mission to the … Continue readingTagged International Space Station, Kennedy Space Center, NASA, Soichi Noguchi, Space, Space Shuttle, Space Shuttle Endeavour, Technology
The space shuttle Endeavour is still on track for a wee hours launch on February 7th. NASA held its flight readiness review – and cleared the orbiter for flight on Wednesday. The leaky ammonia lines on the Tranquility node sitting … Continue readingTagged David Waters, Kennedy Space Center, Leroy Chiao, NASA, Space, Space Shuttle, Space Shuttle Endeavour, Tranquility
On the heels of that wildly popular tweet-up at the last shuttle launch, NASA is cooking up another one for the upcoming STS-130 mission. This time it will be at the Johnson Space Center in Houston – a hundred tweeps … Continue readingTagged Kennedy Space Center, Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, NASA, Space, Space Shuttle, Space Shuttle Endeavour, Technology, Twitter ← Older posts
HINKLEY, Calif. – We all love a neat, tidy Hollywood ending to a David and Goliath story. Sadly, in the real world, they are hard to come by. More often than not, the little guy might win a battle, but Goliath prevails over the long haul — winning the war.
Before I went to Hinkley, I did, of course, watch the movie once again. As it turns out Erin Brockovich is accurate in many respects.
You might remember the woman who gets a big check at the end of the movie after the down-on-her-luck, crusading legal assistant has brought a giant utility to its knees for polluting the groundwater beneath the tiny desert town half way between L.A. and Las Vegas.
In the movie, she was known as Donna Jensen (and played by Marg Helgenberger). There is no real-life Donna Jensen — the details of her story are a composite of several real-life travails.
But Roberta Walker was the main inspiration. Naturally, it was not long after I met her that I asked her what she thought of the movie.
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