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Guest Page Fast links to Items:  Richard – Scratch – Dr. Doug Fast links to Bios: Scratch – Dr. Doug – Andrew – Ron   Support The Other Side of Midnight! “Space … the Final Frontier ….” For over fifty years … for more than half-a-century! … that ringing declaration has echoed across countless imaginations all around the world … spurring them on to become scientists, ambassadors … astronauts … culminating, just days ago, when the iconic man behind the Voice finally made it into Space himself …. James Tiberius Kirk, Captain of the Enterprise … aka, “William Shatner” … at the age of 90 Earth circuits of the Sun, finally “slipped the surly bonds of Earth … to touch the Face of God.” Or, in Shatner’s own shaken testament on his return– “You look down, there’s the blue down there, and the black up there. There is Mother … and […]

Guest Page Fast links to Items: Richard – Doug Fast links to Bios: Doug   Support The Other Side of Midnight! Many years ago, I had a genius colleague and friend … his name was Krafft Ehricke. Krafft was a key member of Wernher von Braun’s infamous “Peenemunde Rocket Group” — the German scientists and engineers that the US Government brought to New Mexico at the end of World War II, to develop US military rockets under a code name — “Operation Paperclip.” Pursuing a completely (and MUCH more difficult) separate engineering path, Ehricke, decades after Paperclip, “invented” the first successful hydrogen-based rocket engine — which, unlike the alcohol and kerosene-fueled motors of the von Braun group, was much more efficient, making practical both manned and unmanned NASA missions to the Moon, to Jupiter and Saturn … and beyond. But all the while, Ehricke (like von Braun) continued to dream of human […]