Hébert Labs

Photo Gallery

The following collections of photos are obviously things that interest me, but they aren't necessarily topics of my research and development. Think of these as the scrapbooks of Hébert Labs.

So enjoy exploring my scrapbooks. I hope you find them interesting.

The Last Shuttle

8 July, 2011. NASA launched the final shuttle on its final mission today. It went to bring supplies to the International Space Station.

Our first feral swarm

I remember the Mir and Skylab space stations. And I remember when their orbits finally gave way to gravity, each in turn crashing to Earth. Now the shuttle too, in a few days hence, will make its final descent back to Earth.

I remember much of our national space adventures. I can't say that I remember Ed White's first space walk, but I remember the Apollo-Soyuz rendezvous.

And of course I remember watching Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin take those giant leaps for mankind back on 21 July, 1969. I've even got the VHS Tape compilation of the ABC News broadcasts chronicling the Apollo 11 mission, just so my boys could share in the experience (albeit a few decades later).

Of course, not all of my memories of space exploration are so fond. I don't remember the tragedy of Apollo 1, but I remember the tragedy of the Challenger.

I also remember the explosion of the Shuttle Columbia. I don't just remember where I was. I remember the event.

I was sitting with my wife, Kat, in our living room in Richardson, TX, watching television. We both heard a boom to the south and looked at each other quizzically. It wasn't long before the news broke about the disaster and we both immediately realized what we had heard.

So I suppose it's understandable that I have a fond place in my heart for NASA. It was more than just a family vacation destination from my childhood. It was the stuff of my boyhood dreams.

But now it's time to put away childish things. Yes, as sad a day as this is, I believe it is for the best that the United States government get out of space exploration. Why? Simple. So space exploration can stop being the stuff of boyhood dreams; so we can all start living the dream.

"Oh! But space travel is too expensive. If the government doesn't do it no one will."

In a word, hogwash! Can you say $600 hammer? It's so expensive because the government does it.