Anatoly Zak writes about the launch disaster at Xichang on February 15, 1996 and includes information from an American who was at the launch: Disaster at Xichang: An eyewitness speaks publicly for the first time about history’s worst launch accident – Air & Space Magazine.
Here’s a video of the launch and of the village the next day:
Scott Phillips creates beautiful wooden models of the Space Shuttles:
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Every so often there is another article on the history of the Fisher Space Pen and the myth that NASA paid big bucks for it instead of having the astronauts use pencils in space: The Fisher Space Pen Boldly Writes Where No Man Has Written Before – Design Decoded/Smithsonian – Jan.11.13.
See other articles on the pen here.
Andrew Chaikin talked about “Neil Armstrong & his One small step for man lunar comment, space policy, space media, and more” on The Space Show yesterday: Andrew Chaikin, Sunday, 1-13-13 – Thespaceshow’s Blog
Res Communis post the latest collection of space and aviation law, regulation and policy links:Library: A Round-up of Reading.
Former Space Shuttle flight directory and program manager Wayne Hale has two more installments in his series on the Columbia disaster:
Some comments here: Too Little, Too Late – Transterrestrial Musings.