04/11/2014 Betsy

Living on the Space Coast April 10, 2014   We were just finishing up our Thursday game of Canasta when a deep rumble started to shake the windows.  We all looked at each other and said, “A rocket just got launched.”  Amazing that we take this all for granted … so cavalier about this wonderful event – a rocket taking off from Kennedy Space Center! Apparently this one is a “spy rocket” – just what we need.  It’s a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NROL-67).  It is the super secret NROL-67 intelligence gathering spy satellite.    It was powered…

04/01/2014 Betsy

We have had the privilege of living in the most awesome era of technology – Space travel.  My teenage grandsons grew up in the heart of the space program with rockets being launch over their heads!  Probably so close to it, they don’t even realize that most of the earth’s population has never seen a rocket, let alone a launch!  SPACE PROGRAM – It’s almost a part of my DNA!   On December 21, 1968, my family stood in the backyard of our Ormond Beach, Florida home to watch the first manned spacecraft, Apollo 8, leave Earth’s orbit and reach…