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     The Kennedy Space Center Rocket Garden surrounds you with machines from the golden age of rocketry. I realized what a unique place this was, as I stood between the Gemini-Titan II, and the Atlas-Agena rendezvous target, and recalled the harrowing story of Neil Armstrong and David Scott’s Gemini 8 mission. The Agena (pictured in the fifth photo) and the Gemini Capsule (shown in the last photo) performed the first successful docking in space just before their Gemini Capsule malfunctioned, put them into a spin, and they were forced to make an emergency landing in the wrong ocean. It has been speculated that this was the closest anyone ever came to dying in space without actually passing away. 

     The Mercury-Redstone and Mercury-Atlas boosters stand side by side, which our first astronauts bravely flew into the unknown (shown in the sixth photo). The Rocket Garden also displays, a Thor-Delta (first photo), and Saturn IB SA-209, which was set aside for a Skylab mission which never took place (second photo). The next to last photo in the set shows a genuine Mercury-Redstone booster which is displayed in front of the Kennedy Space Center Badging Office.

(NASA)  On October 19th, a rocket blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base - the last Titan rocket. Carrying a payload for the US National Reconnaissance Office, the successful Titan IV B launch brings to a close the Titan program whose first launch was in 1959. Originally designed as an intercontinental ballistic missile, the Titan rocket ultimately evolved into a heavy lift workhorse, launching defense, commercial, and scientific payloads to Earth orbit and beyond. In fact, many historic space explorations began with Titan launches, including manned Gemini missions, the Viking missions to Mars, the Voyager tours of the outer solar system, and the Cassini spacecraft now orbiting Saturn. Cassini’s probe Huygens accomplished the most distant landing on another world, while Voyager 1 is now humanity’s most distant spacecraft.

June is the month when everyone is born or got married or holds conventions so, basically, most all of these comics are a maybe because HAHA WHAT MONEY. But hey, at least DC was helpful enough to include a little ad of the things coming out in June in their May comics. Damn, that means I’m gonna have to look up the rest of them, don’t it?

June 3rd:

  • FBP
  • Flash Season Zero
  • Nailbiter
  • No Mercy
  • Wicked and the Divine
  • Giant Size Little Marvel (maybe)
  • Unbeatable Squirrel Girl

June 10th:

  • Coffin Hill
  • Strange Sports Stories
  • Gotham Academy
  • Harley Quinn
  • Starfire (maybe)
  • Chrononauts (maybe)
  • Descender
  • Saga
  • The Walking Dead
  • Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps
  • Ghost Racers (maybe)
  • Secret Wars Journal

June 17th:

  • Kitchen
  • Mad Max: Furiosa
  • Black Canary (maybe)
  • Harley Quinn and Power Girl (maybe)
  • Prez (maybe)
  • Alex + Ada
  • Revival
  • Magneto
  • Ms Marvel
  • Runaways

June 24th:

  • Effigy
  • Batgirl
  • Flash
  • Justice League 3001
  • Teen Titans
  • Bitch Planet
  • Chew
  • Rocket Girl
  • Sex Criminals
  • The Walking Dead
  • Wayward
  • A-Force
  • E is for Extinction (maybe)
  • Howard the Duck

I am missing things and I don’t entirely trust the release calendars but whatever this took an hour.

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(1/6) I went to my first Miniminicon today–a free convention held at the local mall–and got to meet and speak with an amazing bunch of people! These are their pictures. Let me know if you want to be tagged and stuff.

1. Look at your man. Now back at me. Now back at your man. Sadly, he isn’t me, and we’re all actually trapped within the Transistor sword forever. (Old Spice guy, who was sadly told by mall security to leave)

2. Kirito from Sword Art Online

3-4. Chi and Maou from Hataraku Maou-sama! (https://www.facebook.com/thatnerdycosplaycouple)

5. Naruto, Kakashi, and 50 Shades Kakashi

6. Sera from Dragon Age: Inquisition

7. A variety of cosplayers just chilling. I really like taking these sorts of pictures.

8. Raven from Teen Titans

9. Team Rocket with a very happy pikachu

10. Ezio from Assassin’s Creed

Masked Vol. 2: Rise of The Rocket from Titan Comics

Masked Vol. 2: Rise of The Rocket from Titan Comics

Masked Vol. 2: Rise Of The Rocket

WRITER: SERGE LEHMAN
ARTISTS: STÉPHANE CRÉTY, JULIEN HUGONNARD – BERT, GAËTAN GEORGES
PUBLISHER: TITAN COMICS
PAGECOUNT: 48

FORMAT: HC
COVER PRICE: $14.99
RELEASE DATE: September 09, 2015 ISBN: 9781782761099 ORDER CODE:  MAY151548    

In a basement in Montmartre, Brafford regains consciousness. As he struggles to remember what’s happened to him since his…

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First Flight of Project Gemini Was Launched 49 Years Ago Today (23 March 1965) — Launch view of the Gemini-Titan 3 mission. The GT-3 liftoff was at 9:24 a.m. (EST) on March 23, 1965. The Gemini-3 spacecraft “Molly Brown” carried astronauts Virgil I. Grissom, command pilot, and John W. Young, pilot, on three orbits of Earth.

Masked Vol. 2: Rise Of The Rocket

WRITER: SERGE LEHMAN
ARTISTS: STÉPHANE CRÉTY, JULIEN HUGONNARD – BERT, GAËTAN GEORGES
PUBLISHER: TITAN COMICS
PAGECOUNT: 48
FORMAT: HC
COVER PRICE: $14.99
RELEASE DATE: September 09, 2015
ISBN: 9781782761099
ORDER CODE: MAY151548

In a basement in Montmartre, Brafford regains consciousness. As he struggles to remember what’s happened to him since his transformation, a powerful explosion rocks Paris. As Prefect Beauregard tries to regain control of the city in chaos, another anomaly transforms Duroc into a vaporous monster bent on destroying the city…

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Gemini 8 Launches Into Space 48 Years Ago (16 March 1966) — Gemini-Titan 8 (GT-8) spacecraft, carrying astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, command pilot, and David R. Scott, pilot, was successfully launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) at 11:41 a.m. (EST), March 16, 1966. An attempt will be made to rendezvous and dock the GT-8 spacecraft with Agena Docking Target Vehicle. Photo credit: NASA

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Gemini 3 Launches 50 Years Ago Today Beginning Project Gemini (23 March 1965) — Distant view showing the successful launching of the first manned Gemini flight. The Gemini-Titan 3 (GT-3) lifted off Pad 19, at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) at 9:24 a.m. (EST), March 23, 1965. The Gemini-3 spacecraft “Molly Brown” carried astronauts Virgil I. Grissom, command pilot, and John W. Young, pilot, on three successful orbits of Earth.