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  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
Discovery Returns Home by bruey on 9 August 2005 7:20pm
Just to let those of you that have been following the Return To Flight mission know that Discovery and the STS-114 crew made a successful landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California at 13.11 BST.
Re: Discovery Returns Home by orit on 9 August 2005 11:20pm
Congrats to them!
Re: Discovery Returns Home by tucsonmike on 10 August 2005 1:29am
Saw it on TV when it landed this morning. Was very relieved it went well.
Re: Discovery Returns Home by George on 10 August 2005 6:02am

Job well done! Thanks for your time and excellent commnetary.

Re: Discovery Returns Home by bruey on 10 August 2005 2:24pm
It was a pleasure to be able to do it and will do so on the next mission (STS-121) when that flys.
Re: Discovery Returns Home by canaveralgumby on 10 August 2005 5:36pm

Very, very glad they are safe. Good job to all engineers involved.

Other good news we haven't discussed yet - the current (quasi-new) NASA Admin. is an aerospace engineer. Not a political bureaucrat. Don't know how that happened.


from nasa.com - Bio of Michael Griffin:

President Bush nominated Griffin as NASA Administrator in March while he was serving as the Space Department Head at Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory in Baltimore.

Griffin was President and Chief Operating Officer of In-Q-Tel, Inc., before joining Johns Hopkins in April 2004. He also served in several positions within Orbital Sciences Corporation, Dulles, Va., including Chief Executive Officer of Magellan Systems, Inc.

Earlier in his career, Administrator Griffin served as Chief Engineer at NASA and as Deputy for Technology at the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization. He has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University.

He taught courses in spacecraft design, applied mathematics, guidance and navigation, compressible flow, computational fluid dynamics, spacecraft attitude control, astrodynamcis and introductory aerospace engineering. He is the lead author of more than two dozen technical papers, as well as the textbook, "Space Vehicle Design."

He received a bachelor's degree in Physics from Johns Hopkins University; a master's degree in Aerospace Science from Catholic University of America; a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland; a master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California; a master's degree in Applied Physics from Johns Hopkins University; a master's degree in Business Administration from Loyola College; and a master's degree in Civil Engineering from George Washington University.


Sean O'Keefe, who preceeded him, was a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from the Navy.

I feel better now.

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