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Roger Balettie
Works at Balettie Consulting, Inc.
Attended The University of Texas at Austin
Lives in Austin, TX
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Explore like a hero.
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Oh... hell no.

I hope this doesn't pass as "repaired"... and even then, seriously? Black spray paint? I guess they're just trying to cover up the damage before Enterprise arrives at Intrepid.

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black spray paint isn't going to protect it from the salt water.
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No high-end production here... just really clear raw 720p video from the ISS crew. :)
 
Incredible Video as Space Station Crew Welcomes World's First Commercial Spacecraft
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A great interview with Wayne Hale - discussing the current status of NASA, the retirement of the Space Shuttle, and what he's working on now.

It's also very interesting to hear his "now that I'm outside the loop" perspective on the NASA direction and public perspective - how it's not the "NASA, the people working the programs" that are the problem, but that the nation's space policy that NASA is required to carry out is the problem - starting at the highest levels with the current and last Administrations.
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What could NASA do, if given the proper funding?

What could NASA do, if given TWICE what they get now?

One penny. One percent. One space program.
Increase NASA's budget to 1% of the total US annual budget!
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Although I agree with the sentiment, part of me says that NASA would just waste the money twice as fast. I would say not one penny until there is a coherent goal AND some basic changes in its development strategies. And BTW, "inspiring the next generation" is not a goal...that should just come along.
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I fully support this...
Increase NASA's budget to 1% of the total US annual budget!
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Love this early watercolor rendering of the JSC Mission Control Center - my home for more than a decade of manned spaceflight operations...
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my how the landscape has changed since then.
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One composite photo speaks volumes.

Compare and contrast the towing/tugging methods over the past few days - which one was better suited for unforeseen-but-not-even-remotely-unusual maritime transportation circumstances... ESPECIALLY when transporting such valuable cargo!
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My friend and author, +Andrew Chaikin, has created a video promoting planetary exploration.

You all know how much of a supporter I am for manned space exploration - I am just as passionate about remote/robotic exploration as well. I never understood why one has to be selected over the other - they each compliment and enhance the results and findings to create a result that is far greater than the sum of their parts!
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Fly-bys, landings, and lots of viewings as Discovery becomes part of the National Air & Space Museum.
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No worries... :)
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Just stunning... make sure to watch in full-screen for the best experience!

I love the night sky in Texas away from the city lights... and this captures it BEAUTIFULLY from this past November/December.
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Makes you feel small compared to the beauty of the universe
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Program Manager
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  • Balettie Consulting, Inc.
    Owner, 2014 - present
  • Y&L Consulting
    Project Manager, 2013 - 2014
  • GS5, LLC
    Program Manager, 2010 - 2013
  • Overwatch Systems
    Program Manager, 2004 - 2010
  • Inevitable Entertainment
    Producer, 2002 - 2004
  • Applied Research Labs: The University of Texas at Austin
    Project Manager, 1997 - 2002
  • United Space Alliance
    Senior Flight Dynamics Officer, 1986 - 1997
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Austin, TX
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St. Joseph, MO - Clear Lake City, TX
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Husband, father, space cadet, and techno-geek.
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  • The University of Texas at Austin
    BS - Aerospace Engineering, 1985
  • University of Houston - Clear Lake
    MS - Space Science, 1992
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