“NASA Spin-Offs” December 7th

The December TAA meeting will feature NASA Solar System Ambassador, Rich Manley. He will talk about the space program and how it has affected our daily lives. He will show some of the products and technologies that were developed by NASA to make the spacecraft lighter, safer, smarter.

Rich Manley has an interesting background. A few of his activities are;

  • 1960-1965: He was an Inertial Navigation System technician on A3J Vigilante, Minuteman 2 missile, Hound Dog missile, B52, Polaris sub, and army gun alignment.
  • 1965-1970: Apollo Spacecraft Instrumentation and Telecommunication lead test engineer.
  • 1972-2009: Formed RAM Air Conditioning
  • 1975-1979: Built and finished an experimental aircraft T-18 Thorpe
  • 1994- present: Member of Horseless Carriage Club of America
  • 2002-present: Appointed to NASA’s Solar System Ambassador Program.

We will also say goodby to Mike Blase. He is in the Navy and has been reassigned to another duty station. This will be his last meeting with us. We have enjoyed having him as a part of our club. He has been a loyal and active member. We will miss him.

Come join us for our meeting December 7 at the Arthur Pursell Observatory in Tulare at 7:30 PM. The address is 9242 Avenue 184 Tulare, CA 93274. Non members can attend.

Blase family eating breakfast.

Blase family eating breakfast at our TAA summer star party.

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Greg Eckes


I am a retired music teacher. I make custom violins and violas. I play violin in the Tulare County Symphony and fiddle in the Tule River Bluegrass Band. I like camping and astronomy.


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