INSIDE ORBIT

The Inside Orbit, previously a monthly/quarterly publication, has been reimagined as GRAAA's blog for in-depth articles about a wide range of topics of current interest to amateur astronomers.

The name Inside Orbit was introduced in the 1960s for a regular newsletter, which subsequently expanded to a printed periodical for many years (previous issues can be found in the Archive). In recent years, it has been an online publication, published intermittently. As a blog, the Inside Orbit will revitalize this longtime means of exchange and provide an avenue for both members and friends of GRAAA to post their work.

Articles submitted will be accepted based on topic and may be subject to editing. Send contributions for consideration to temporary editor Dave DeBruyn.

April 20, 2017

“This is Houston. Say again please,” came the calm response from Grand Rapids native Jack Lousma to Apollo 13 astronaut Jack Swigert’s terse report: “Houston, we’ve had a problem here!” Lousma  was in the midst of a scheduled eight hour shift as Capsule Communicator (C...

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