Saturday, January 29, 2011
Honoring their service
Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger's unfortunate
8:30 am pst
Flying to space and back "ain't easy". The US has only had 17 "in-cabin" astronaut
deaths. Not to be unexpected considering the millions and millions, probably billion's of miles flown in total by astronauts
and their trusty space machines.
Don't forget unmanned space exploration. The only casualty here can be a
If you like space and space exploration as much as I do, you will be well served by the following two links:
Space Shuttle Mission 2007 The most complete and accurate shuttle simulator available; past, present, and probably future.
Orbiter The most complete and accurate space machine and space exploration simulator available; past, present, and probably future.
More to follow...
Friday, January 28, 2011
From Triumph to Tragedy in 73 Seconds -- Remembering the Challenger disaster, 25 years ago today
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There are a few significant events where the majority of folks can remember
exactly where they were and exactly what they were doing. The assassination of JFK and 9/11 come to mind. Many
of us also remember the day 25 years ago when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded and disintegrated just 73 seconds after
CNN Video of Challenger Launch
I was in the Control Tower at Beale Air Force Base. We had just finished launching an operational sortie
and activities were transitioning from hectic to routine. Suddenly a very agitated sounding voice at Sacramento
Approach came across the "shout line", "...Beale. Sacramento Approach! The Space Shuttle has just
exploded!" Our immediate reply was, "...what?!? Don't joke like that." But very soon it was
clear that this was no joke and that NASA and our nation had just experienced a tragedy of major proportions.
Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Challenger disaster. Each of us who can will remember this day in our own way and in our own hearts. For me I choose not to mourn
the seven astronaut's death, but instead I choose to honor their courage and their selfless service in advancing our nation's
exploration of space.
RIP Challenger Seven. You are gone, but you are not forgotten.
Francis R. (Dick) Scobee
Pilot Michael J. Smith
Mission specialists Ronald E. McNair, Ellison S. Onizuka
and Judith A. Resnik
Payload specialists Gregory B. Jarvis and Christa McAuliffe
Flight — John Gillespie Magee, Jr
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the
sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through
footless halls of air. . . .
Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept
heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
Monday, January 17, 2011
Debbie and I cover Lady Antebellum
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More to follow...
musings on specific topics. The central themes will be ITIL V.3, Information Security, and other sundry ITSM topics.
That said, there are many more things in this world on which to opine, so don't be surprised if I do now and then.
About me...Braun Tacon, Portland Oregon. Husband,
father, aviator and former Air Traffic Controller with over 20 years experience in the Information Technology and IT Service
Management field, the last thirteen years of which having been spent at a Fortune 500 in the Pacific Northwest.
Professional background and certifications include Aviation Management, Education, Systems Management, Information
Security and Process, Standards and Quality Management. Always delivered with a strong focus on ITIL and similar
Process Improvement Frameworks such as LEAN, SixSigma and TQM (Thank you Mr. Deming!).
Hobbies include reading, writing, and even the occasional Karaoke contest!
All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.
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