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Aftermath November 2016 - Tess Rafferty

Here's how many Texans have voted early in the 2020 general election in the state's biggest counties

Through Oct. 18, the sixth day of early voting for Texans in the 2020 general election, 2,446,094 people had voted in person and by mail in Texas’ 10 largest counties— 25.2% of registered voters in those counties. According to the latest figures reported by the secretary of state before the 2020 general, 57.3% of registered voters live in these 10 counties.


According to Rachel Maddow tonight, 24% of ALL Texans have already voted as of today.

The good news is I don't have Covid-19

The bad news is we're having to toss out the chicken we just thawed because it went bad in the freezer.

I could tell by smell.

Christopher Columbus Kraft

Let us not forget those who were inspired by the idea of exploration. The dream of human advancement. And who in turn inspired so many of us.

Christopher Columbus Kraft Jr. (February 28, 1924 – July 22, 2019) was an American aerospace engineer and NASA engineer and manager who was instrumental in establishing the agency's Mission Control operation. Following his graduation from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1944, Kraft was hired by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), the predecessor organization to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He worked for over a decade in aeronautical research before being asked in 1958 to join the Space Task Group, a small team entrusted with the responsibility of putting America's first man in space. Assigned to the flight operations division, Kraft became NASA's first flight director. He was on duty during such historic missions as America's first crewed spaceflight, first crewed orbital flight, and first spacewalk.

At the beginning of the Apollo program, Kraft retired as a flight director to concentrate on management and mission planning. In 1972, he became director of the Manned Spacecraft Center (later Johnson Space Center), following in the footsteps of his mentor Robert R. Gilruth. He held the position until his 1982 retirement from NASA. During his retirement, Kraft consulted for numerous companies, including IBM and Rockwell International, and published an autobiography entitled Flight: My Life in Mission Control.

More than any other person, Kraft was responsible for shaping the organization and culture of NASA's Mission Control. As his protégé Glynn Lunney commented, "the Control Center today ... is a reflection of Chris Kraft."[1] In 2011, the Mission Control Center building was named after him. When Kraft received the National Space Trophy from the Rotary Club in 1999, the organization described him as "a driving force in the U.S. human space flight program from its beginnings to the Space Shuttle era, a man whose accomplishments have become legendary."


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