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STS-122 was launched on the 7th of February 2008. It is the current NASA Space Shuttle mission to the International Space Station or ISS. The STS-122 is being flown by Space Shuttle Atlantis.

Space Shuttle Atlantis

The STS-122 primary objective is to deliver the Columbus science laboratory to the station and to return Expedition 16 Flight Engineer Daniel M. Tani to Earth and he will be replaced by Leopold Eyharts.

The mission STS-122 original target launch date was on the 6th of December 2007 but postponed to the 9th of December due to ECO reading errors but on the second attempt sensors failed again and the launch was stopped. Fortunately on its third attempt no problem occurred.

STS-122 Mission Crew:

  • Stephen Frick – Commander
  • Alan G. Poindexter – Pilot
  • Leland D. Melvin – Mission Specialist 1
  • Rex J. Walheim – Mission Specialist 2
  • Hans Schlegel – Mission Specialist 3
  • Stanley G. Love – Mission Specialist 4

Mission Marks:

  • 152nd manned US space launch
  • 121st space shuttle flight since STS-1
  • 24th shuttle mission to the International Space Station
  • 96th post-Challenger mission
  • 8th post-Columbia mission
  • 8th visit to the International Space Station for Atlantis
  • 300th US astronaut in space

Atlantis Orbiter

February 11, 1997Space Shuttle Discovery is launched on a mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope.

STS-82 Mission

The STS-82 was a mission of the US Space Shuttle. It was the second in a series of planned servicing mission to the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope (HST). The mission used the Space Shuttle Discovery. And the mission had duration of 9 days, 23 hours, 38 minutes, and 09 seconds.

NASA: Space Shuttle Discovery

Space Shuttle Discovery has an Orbiter Vehicle Designation of OV-123. It was one of the three currently operational spacecraft of NASA. It was the third operational orbiter and now the oldest orbiter in the service. It was used on a lot of missions, one of which was the STS-31 on the 24th of April 1990. It launched the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). The duration of the mission was 5 days, 01 hours, 16 minutes, and 06 seconds.

The Hubble Space Telescope was a telescope in orbit around the world. It was named after Edwin Hubble, a known American astronomer. It became one of the most important instruments in the history of astronomy.

Space Shuttle Discovery

The HST was placed on orbit by the Space Shuttle Discovery on the 24th of April 1990 through STS-31 mission. The Space Shuttle Endeavour was the use in the first servicing mission known as the STS-61. The services performed on the telescope significantly helped upgrade the scientific capabilities of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST).

Space Shuttle Endeavour

The STS-82 crews are:

Kenneth D. Bowersox - Commander
Scott J. Horowitz - Pilot
Mark C. Lee - Mission Specialist
Steven A. Hawley - Mission Specialist
Gregory J. Harbaugh - Mission Specialist
Steven L. Smith - Mission Specialist
Joseph R. Tanner - Mission Specialist

Former President Ronald Reagan

Ronald Wilson Reagan was born on the 6th of February 1911 in Tampico, Illinois to John Reagan and Nelle Wilson Reagan. He was nicknamed Dutch by his father due to his fat little Dutchman appearance and Dutchboy haircut.

Ronald Reagan once affiliated with entertainment. In 1932, he worked at a radio stations WOC in Davenport Iowa and WHO in Des Moines as an announcer. And in 1937 he took a screen test that led to a seven year contract with Warner Brothers.

On the 29th of April 1937 he enlisted himself in the Army Enlisted Reserve as a private assigned to Troop B, 322nd Cavalry at Des Moines, Iowa. On the 18th of April 1942 he was ordered to active duty for the first time but he was classified for limited service only due to his nearsightedness.

In 1950s he had fewer film roles and so he moved to television and hosts the General Electric Theater. His final work as a professional actor was as a host and performer on the television series Death Valley Days.

On the 26th of January 1940, Reagan marries Jane Wyman. Together they had two children, Maureen and Christine and adopted a third, Michael. On the 28th of June 1948, they divorced following arguments about Reagan’s political ambitions.

Nancy Davis Reagan

On the 4th of March 1952, Reagan married Nancy Davis. They had two children, Patti and Ron. Observers described the relationship of the couple as close, real, and intimate.

Political Career:

January 3, 1967 to January 7, 1975 – 33rd Governor of California

- “to send the welfare bums back to work”

- “to clean up the mess at Berkeley

- He froze government hiring and approved tax hikes to balance budget.

January 20, 1981 to January 20, 1989 – 40th President of the United States

- “I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.”

Post Presidential Years:

November 4, 1991 - Ronald Reagan Presidential Library was dedicated and opened to the public.

1994 – He was diagnosed of Alzheimer’s disease.

- “I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead. Thank you, my friends. May God Always bless you.”

On the 5th of June 2004, Reagan died at his home in Bel-Air, California. He died at the age of 93 after 10 years of Alzheimer’s disease. His burial site is inscribed with the words he delivered upon opening of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

“I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there’s purpose and worth to each and every life.”

Honors (to name a few):


USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)a nuclear powered aircraft carrier

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)


- The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Center for Public Affairs (Simi Valley, California)

- Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home National Historic Site (Dixon, Illinois)


- Ronald Reagan Elementary School (Bakersfield, California)

- Ronald Reagan Sports Park (Diamond Bar, California)

- Reagan Physical Education Center (Illinois)


- Ronald Reagan Freeway (California)

- Ronald Reagan Highway (Illinois)

If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea. — CAL

February 04 1902 – Charles Lindbergh, American pilot (d. 1974).

Charles Lindbergh: the Lone Eagle

Charles Augustus Lindbergh was born on the 4th of February 1902 in Detroit to Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Sr. and Evangeline Lodge Land. During his early age, he already showed his exceptional mechanical ability. At the age of 18, he entered the University of Wisconsin and study engineering but he later left school and became barnstormer as he was more interested in the exciting, young field of aviation than school.

1924 – He enlisted in the US Army so he can be trained as an Army Air Service Reserve pilot.

1925 – He graduated from the Army’s flight training school and he was awarded as the best pilot in his class.

After Army Training – He was hired by the Robertson Aircraft Corporation of St. Louis and he flies the mail between St. Louis and Chicago. He gained reputation as a cautious and capable pilot.

In 1919, Raymond Orteig, owner of New York City Hotel offered $25,000 to the first aviator to fly nonstop from New York to Paris and it cost the lives of the pilots who joined the competition and some got injured. And until 1927 no one won the said competition.

Charles Lindbergh believed that he could win it only if he had the right airplane and so he persuaded St. Louis businessmen to help him in finance and he chose Ryan Aeronautical Company to manufacture the special plane which he also helped to design. He named it the Spirit of St. Louis. He tested the plane by flying from San Diego to New York City with overnight nonstop in St. Louis on the 10th and 11th of May 1927. It took 20 hours and 21 minutes which is a transcontinental record.

On the 20th of May 1927, he took off the Spirit of St. Louis from Roosevelt Field near New York City and he landed at Le Bourget Field near Paris on the 21st of May. The nonstop New York to Paris flight in the Spirit of St. Louis made him the first man to fly the Atlantic solo. Thousands of people gathered to meet him and he became an international hero and the most famous man in the world during that time.

Spirit of St. Louis

On the 27th of May 1929, he married Anne Morrow Lindbergh, daughter of the diplomat Dwight Morrow. He thought her how to fly and they went on many expeditions together. Anne became famous for her poetry and other writings. The couple had six children: Charles Augustus Lindbergh III (1930-1932); Jon (16th August 1932); Land (1937), studied anthropology; Anne (1940-1993); Scott (1942); and Reeve (1945), writer.

Lindbergh had an affair with Brigitte Hesshaimer, a German hat maker and they had three children: Dryk (1958); Astrid (1960); and David (1967). They managed to keep the affair secret even with their children but Astrid later read a magazine and found out the truth. She did not disclose the affair until both Brigitte and Anne Morrow Lindbergh had died.

Charles Augustus Lindbergh died on the 26th of August 1974 of lymphoma on the Hawaiian island of Maui. He was buried on the grounds of Palapala Ho’omau Church in Kipahulu, Maui.

Charles Lindbergh’s grave

February 01 1981 - Donald Wills Douglas, Sr., American aircraft manufacturer died (b. 1892)

Douglas Wills Douglas, Sr. was born on the 6th of April 1892 in Brooklyn, New York. He was the second son of an assistant cashier of the National Park Bank. He started his education at Trinity Chapel School in New York City. At the age of 17, he entered the US Naval Academy where he spent much of his time building and testing model airplanes but in 1912 he left the Naval Academy and look for aeronautical engineering works.

Donald Wills Douglas, Sr.

Donald Douglas later realized that he needed to learn more about it and so he completed a four-year bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in only two years and he was immediately hired as an assistant professor in aeronautics in MIT due to his academic performance.

Work History:

1915 – Consultant to the Connecticut Aircraft Co.

August 1915 – Joined Glenn L. Martin Co. as chief engineer.

1916 – Served briefly as chief civilian aeronautical engineer for the Army Signal Corps Aviation Section in Washington, D.C.
- Chief Engineer in charge of building the MB-1 twin-engine bomber for the US Army.

1920 – He worked as a laborer, hoeing potatoes, and washing cars.
- Davis-Douglas Co. was formed

1921 – Davis lost interest and sold out the company to Douglas and the Douglas Co. was founded.

The Douglas Aircraft Company was an American aerospace manufacturer. It was founded in July 1921 by Donald Wills Douglas Sr. The Company was most famous for their Douglas Commercial much known as the DC series of commercial aircraft which includes the DC-3, a transport aircraft where the C-47 Skytrain was developed from.

Douglas DC-3

In 1967, due to quality and cash flow problems plus the combined shortages due to the Vietnam War, Douglas agrees to a merger with McDonnell Aircraft Corporation and form the McDonnell Douglas. In 1997, the McDonnell Douglas merged with Boeing.

Some Aircrafts built by Douglas Aircraft Company:

TBD-1 Devastator

A Torpedo Bomber used by the United States Navy.

A-26 Invader

It was a twin-engined light attack bomber used by the US Army Air Forces.

A-1H Skyraider

It was an attack aircraft used by the US Navy.

Douglas DC-6B

It was a piston-powered airliner and transport aircraft.

C-124 Globemaster

It was a heavy-lift military transport aircraft used by the US Air Force.

A-4 Skyhawk

It was an attack aircraft used by the US Navy.

“It was a trauma and a great loss.”

January 31 1957 - Eight people on the ground in Pacoima, California are killed following the mid-air collision between a Douglas DC-7 airliner and a Northrop F-89 Scorpion fighter jet.

Pacoima Junior High School after the Crash

On the 31st January 1957, on the final functional test flight of the new airliner Douglas DC-7B (N8210H) aircraft before it was delivered to Continental Airlines and Northrop F-89D Scorpion on a similar test flight took off. Both performed their individual tests at an altitude of 25,000 feet in clear skies over the San Fernando Valley when a high-speed, near head on midair collision occurred.

Douglas DC-7B: American Airlines

The Douglas DC-7B was a variant of DC-7, an airliner/transport aircraft. The DC-7 and DC-7B was identical except for the increased fuel capacity in extended engine nacelles that extended the flight range of the later variant.

Northrop F-89D Scorpion

The Northrop F-89 Scorpion was a jet powered all weather interceptors. Its variant F-89D was the main production version with removed cannon and new Hughes E-6 fire control system with AN/APG-40 radar and an AN/APA-84 computer.

The midair collision results to the loss of all the Douglas DC-7B crew, 1 of 2 occupants of F-89D, and 3 junior high school students on the ground. The Douglas DC-7B crews are the pilot William Carr, 36; co-pilot Archie R. Twitchell, 50, a veteran flier and a part-time actor and appeared in over 70 films which include “I Wanted Wings” and “Among the Living”; the flight engineer Waldo B. Adams, 42; and the radio operator Roy Nakazama, 29. And the three dead boys are Ronnie Brann, Bob Zallan, and Evan Elsner.

The probable cause of the crash was said to be the high rate of near head on closure at high altitude, together with physiological limitations that resulted in a minimum avoidance opportunity during which the pilots didn’t see each other’s aircraft.

The midair collision and the outrage over the deaths led to the construction of a hospital in Pacoima and a ban on military operations over the Valley.

George H.W. Bush

George Herbert Walker Bush was born on the 12th of June 1924 in their Victorian house in Massachusetts to Senator Prescott Bush and Dorothy Walker Bush. He began his formal education at the Greenwich Country Day School in Greenwich where his family moved shortly after his birth.

In 1936, he attended Phillips Academy and there he held a large number of leadership positions which includes being the captain of both the varsity baseball and soccer teams.

In June 1942 after graduating from Phillips Academy, he joined the US Navy and became a naval aviator on his 18th birthday. On the 9th of June 1943, he was commissioned and ensign in the US Naval Reserve at Corpus Christi, Texas and it made him the youngest naval aviator to that date. He piloted one of four Grumman TBM Avenger on one of his mission. In September 1945, he was honorably discharged from the service and he then entered Yale University.

TBF (TMB) Avenger

Soon after graduating from Yale University he became involved in politics. On the 3rd of January 1967 to 1971 he was a member of the US House of Representatives from 7th District of Texas. In 1971 to 1973, he became the 10th US Ambassador to the United Nations. On the 30th of January 1976, he became the 11th Director of Central Intelligence Agency. On the 20th of January 1981, he became the 43rd Vice President of the United States with Ronald Reagan as the President. And on the 20th of January 1989 he became the 41st President of the United States with Dan Quayle as his Vice President.

CIA, Vice President, President Plaques

After his term, he retired to be with his wife at their home in Houston with a presidential office nearby. Since 1992, he made many public appearances and even more when his son became the President.

He was awarded the Ronald Reagan Freedom Award by former First Lady Nancy Reagan. And in 1993, he was awarded an honorary knighthood (GCB) by Queen Elizabeth II.

He was also present on various ceremonies during the construction of the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), the last Nimitz class supercarrier of the US Navy that was named after him.

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