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  1. Got this from Ellen Cohen newsletter: Council Member Cohen and her colleagues on the Budget & Fiscal Affairs Committee received a presentation from Director Mario Diaz of the Houston Airport System regarding the viability of planning for a future commercial spaceport in Houston. Director Diaz noted that Houston's Ellington Field Airport is particularly well-positioned for becoming a global hub for commercial spaceflight due to Houston's current aerospace infrastructure within the NASA community and our proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and Latin America.
  2. Morning everyone, For those of you who have been living under a rock lately, today SpaceX and NASA are launching the Demo-2 Mission to the ISIS with two astronauts today May 27th at 3:30 central time (4:30 EST). Anyone else going to watch? It will be the first time Americans will be launched from American soil in a decade (since the Space Shuttle was retired), and the first time we have launched astronauts from a rocket on American soil since the early 1980's. If this mission is a success then no more hitching rides with the Russians. https://www.spacex.com/launches/ https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive You can probably find a stream of the actual launch either through NASA or SpaceX on youtube or there websites.
  3. Hello all - I realize there is VERY little to go on here, but wondering if anyone can help me figure out where exactly this is downtown. It was July 1962 when the Manned Spacecraft Center moved to Houston. There was a parade downtown to celebrate. My grandmother likely took the photo, as I found it in a box of her pictures. My dad had moved to Houston with NASA (but they didn't know him yet). It would be fun to know the exact block they were standing to watch the parade and take this photo, but would need to be able to identify the building across the street (pretty plain looking):
  4. Did a search and couldn't come up with many posts about NASA, especially in the early 60's when it was new. I had the opportunity of living practically right across the road from NASA when I was a kid and watching it get built. I remember going to church in Webster with several astronauts, including John Glenn. It was a pretty desolate area before NASA, but it quickly changed. I was wondering if anyone had any photos from NASA and that area from the early 60's?
  5. Article: An Extraordinary Budget for NASA in 2016: Congressional omnibus would increase the space agency's budget by $1.3 billion Prompted by a discussion on the front page of Reddit this morning, I shared this link on /r/houston. Seems relevant to Houstonians in general. Perhaps some positive news amidst the energy industry downturn. And perhaps a step closer to the vision of Johnson Space Center seen in The Martian. Also, for those unaware, Houston-area Congressmen have significant influence over this budget: Ted Cruz (R-TX) is the chair of the science and space subcommittee within the Senate commerce committeeJohn Culberson (R-TX Houston) is the chair of the Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS), and Related Agencies subcommittee within the Appropriations Committee in the U.S. House of RepresentativesBackground links on these two on space and science funding: [1] [2] [3]
  6. Considering the amount of traffic we get at HAIF from people working at NASA, I wonder if this note was caused by anyone we know...
  7. I was reading the Chron's blog on historic Houston, when I came across this picture of JFK touring a NASA facility listed as being at "6040 Telephone Rd". Does anyone here remember that facility? According to Google Maps, there's still an industrial looking building standing there, perhaps the same building that housed the facility. I don't know what it houses now though.
  8. This was before Disney came in and built the Space Center Houston. You used to drive up to the security booth at NASA, tell them you were going to the visitor center, and just go. You would also drive your car to the Rocket Park that the tram takes you to these days. Sure they did not have the tram tours that took you to the training and R&D areas of NASA but I liked the old museum so much more. The Space Center Houston really seems like a playground for kids. The old museum had things like actual presidential pens that signed key doccuments in the space program, trophies, more actual equipment that was once used by NASA, etc.... I always felt like the old building and display was the I Dream of Genie NASA in her glory days of the 1960s. Best of all it was 100% free. Anyone have old photos of that place? The mural near the theater was such a pure NASA/Houston thing....it is burned in my mind.
  9. What happened to the rocket outside that used to be lying down horizontally beside the two upright rockets? I was in that area yesterday and didn't see it. It seems a buiding is in its place. Wasn't it to the right of this picture? Or am I just turned around?:
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