TexasMonthly – An Awe-inspiring Space Odyssey Lifts Off in Houston

By Molly Glentzer | January 26, 2022

Decades ago, before billionaires could hitch rides into orbit, space exploration seemed like a more poetic endeavor.

I grew up in Dickinson, less than ten miles from NASA's Manned Spacecraft Center, when it was still easy to name all the astronauts training there. I went to church and school with kids whose dads were among the pocket-protected brigade of genius engineers, including flight director Gene Kranz, the guy Ed Harris portrayed in
Apollo 13.