Rocketry Blog 2011: A Year in Review

As 2011 comes to a close and I begin a 6th year of blogging on Rocketry I thought I would take a look at the top 10 most popular items I blogged on in 2011.

10. STS 135 Launch picture – The last shuttle majestically rises into the sky.

Blog entry from July 8, 2011

Space shuttle Atlantis is seen through the window of a Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA) as it launches from launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center on the STS-135 mission, Friday, July 8, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Atlantis launched on the final flight of the shuttle program on a 12-day mission to the International Space Station. The STS-135 crew will deliver the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module containing supplies and spare parts for the space station. Photo Credit: (NASA/Dick Clark)

9.  Lockheed Martin unveils first Orion Spacecraft and Simulation Center – Will it ever fly?

Link to March 21, 2011 post

8. Sagan Series – this wonderful video series is beautiful and timely.

Link to Youtube channel

7. Twilight of the Shuttle – My tribute to the Shuttle program

Part 1, Part 2(very popular), and Part 3

My Atlantis Paper Model

6. Qu8k at Balls 20 –

Derek Deville launches his Qu8k rocket to an altitude of 121,000 feet.

Derek Deville holds camera unit from the Qu8k rocket

5. Steampunk Rocketry – The Steampunk movement continued with furvor and two post I did continued to pull in mega views.

Part 1 and Part 2

4.  NASA giving away Shuttle heat tiles

Classrooms scrambled to get one of these this year

3. Anything to do with the X-37B

As usual the interweb was abuzz with X-37B news

2. Paper Rockets, Paper Rockets, and more Paper Rockets

The Ultimate Paper Rocket Guide continued to be the post popular area of the site.

Chris Michielssen’s downscale rockets continued to be very popular.

MMX Piglet-sus

1. The Rocketry Blog received close to a quarter of a million views in one day on Feb. 8th 2011.

Google ran a Jules Verne Doodle and and one of the search results linked to the Rocketry Blog

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