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Seeing red

Moments in Space History, Space and Aviation

Ten-year-old Pat Duggin had a backyard seat for what he describes as free fireworks from Cape Canaveral. The son of an Air Force chief master sergeant, he has vivid memories of seeing the night sky burst into light with the Pioneer 10 probe heading toward Jupiter aboard an Atlas-Centaur rocket in 1972.

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Next Stop: Mars

Moments in Space History, Space and Aviation

Planning for a crew’s health in deep space is as essential as for a successful rocket launch, experts say. Researchers at the Florida Institute of Technology and the University of Central Florida have active roles in that work to ensure astronauts’ physical and mental health for the 140-million-mile trek from Earth to Mars. Radiation, isolation, distance, gravity fields and closed environments are the high-risk factors of all space exploration that scientists take into account while planning for the great crewed journeys.

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Saving a grand old lady

Museums, Space Coast History

Historical Green Gables, saved from demolition by the efforts of a small band of determined fans, is a living history museum that tells the story of Melbourne’s early days.

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By the bottle

Eat & Drink, Lifestyle, Taste of the Space Coast

Midweek evenings are not usually busy at restaurants, but you wouldn’t know it from the crowd gathered a recent Wednesday at Café Margaux. The Cocoa Village restaurant was hosting a gustative journey of pairings created by Margaux Executive Chef Erol Tugrul with tastings of rare single-parcel French malbecs from Chateau Chambert, one of the first vineyards in the world to embrace the growing trend of truly organic and biodynamic winemaking.

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Going native

Environment, Home & Garden

In recent years there has been a booming interest in Florida native plants. What’s the attraction? First off, they require little maintenance. There’s some TLC when they are first planted, but after that they don’t require fertilizer, trimming and very little watering.

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Publishers Note – Spring 2023

Publisher's Note

It’s hard to avoid space and aeronautics topics in a magazine based on the Space Coast.

So even though this isn’t our annual aviation and space issue, we have two stories of interest to readers interested in space and aviation.

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Stormy warnings

Environment, Local

About four years ago, at the direction of regional
planners and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, coastal municipalities undertook studies to examine the long-term consequences of storm flooding and sea level rise. Even the more optimistic projections are unsettling. Many view sea-level rise as the threat from the Atlantic Ocean. However, flood maps and experts agree it is the related rising waters in the Banana River and Indian River Lagoon that pose the most threat.

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Pumped Up

Home & Garden, Space Coast Homes

If William Shakespeare were to meander through Rockledge Drive, he would come upon a structure very familiar to his time. On the leafy road perfect for unhurried drives sits an architectural gem The Bard would have instantly recognized but that is rarely seen in Brevard: a Tudor mansion.

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Taste of Old Florida

Citrus, Recipes

It may never be as popular as Key lime pie, but this is a taste of Old Florida that should not be forgotten. The difference between Key lime pie and sour orange pie comes down to one ingredient…

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Redefining mission

People & Business, Special Section

An area that once focused primarily on launching rockets has developed into a tourist mecca and major cruise ship port, not to mention a center for manufacturing and hi-tech.

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No pause for Claus

Holidays, Inspiration

It was 39 years ago when Willard Davis [aka Suntree Santa Claus] first wore the red suit, passed out candy and listened to children as they sat on his lap telling him their Christmas wishes.

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Publisher’s Note Holiday 2022

Holidays, Publisher's Note

For the uninitiated, celebrating Christmas in Florida is a lot different than celebrating it in northern climes.
Instead of sleigh rides and strolls through snow-covered villages, we have things like boat parades and surfing Santas.

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Holiday gift guide 2022

Holidays

Whether you are searching for a unique handmade item, a gift for those who seek adventure, something antique or coastal themed, gift certificates for dining out, a one-of-a-kind piece of art or to purchase a gift with the goal of donating to a favorite charity, the options are endless on the Space Coast.

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