Get ready for NASA’s shooting star


Author Mike Staton’s post on Writing Wranglers and Warriors is too good to be missed so I wanted to share it here on my blog so you can all read it. Lots of information about the space program you never knew about!

Writing Wranglers and Warriors

This post by Mike Staton. This post by Mike Staton.

In four days, if all goes well – if the weather stays acceptable and there’s no mechanical glitches – Orion, America’s new manned spacecraft, will launch into orbit.

It won’t have crew aboard. In fact, the cabin lacks a life support system. Like Apollo, Orion requires a service module with a large engine and maneuvering thrusters to be fully functional. On this unmanned flight, though, the module is a mockup. The real thing is being built by the Europeans and won’t be ready until 2018.

By the time astronauts fly aboard Orion sometime in the early ‘20s, commercial spacecraft built by SpaceX and Boeing should have been ferrying astronauts to and from the space station for several years. NASA wants to see SpaceX’s Dragon 2 and Boeing’s CST-100 flying beginning in 2017, so American astronauts will have been getting routine rides into orbit aboard American…

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Author of Fearless Fiction, L.Leander is an author, freelancer and songwriter. She says she credits her love of singing to her father, and her artistic talents to her mother, who was a painter. Both loved to read and write poems and short stories. "Nothing makes me as happy as curling up with a good book, or my guitar," Ms. Leander says. INZARED, QUEEN OF THE ELEPHANT RIDERS is the author's first novel. She is currently working on the sequel and a non-fiction series.

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