I’m here at a beach near Kennedy Space Center, FL awaiting my very first rocket launch, the SpaceX Dragon capsule with Falcon 9 rocket. The crabs are scuttling, and there are yellow stakes everywhere marking turtle nests. I’m so excited. It’s due to launch from those 4 towers in the distance next to the dome. … »
“Steve Austin...Astronaut...A man barely alive.” And so one of the most popular TV shows of the 1970s would begin. And it certainly seemed reasonable, based on the archival footage of the aircraft disaster in the opening credits, that anyone in that plane would be, at best, “barely alive.”
Anyone, that is, except test… »
Astronaut Terry Virts has been on the International Space Station since November of last year but it wasn’t until now that he was able to get this shot. »
Here are a couple of videos released last week by the European Space Agency with Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti explaining personal hygiene and toilet use on the International Space Station.
Yuri’s Night is a global celebration of humanity’s past, present, and future in space. Yuri’s Night parties and events are held around the world every April in commemoration of Yuri Gagarin becoming the first human to venture into space on April 12, 1961, and the inaugural launch of the first Space Shuttle on April… »
I haven't done one of these in a while but this is a nice bit of trivia. Where is the one place other than Edwards Air Force Base and the Kennedy Space Center that the Space Shuttle has landed from orbit? (Hint - this is a photo of the landing.) »Answer below.
Wired is today reporting an extraordinary new initiative by NASA to capture a good-sized space rock and put it in orbit around the Moon. »
Just yesterday, NASA announced that the Hubble Space Telescope may have detected evidences of a salt water ocean underneath the surface of Jupiter's largest satellite, Ganymede. The discovery prompted me to listen to Gustav Holst's "Jupiter" from his The Planets suite. The Planets wasn't actually inspired by… »
Flight Engineers Elena Serova and Samantha Cristoforetti, both the first women stationed on the International Space Station from their respective countries, pose for a photo. »
High winds forced the scrubbing of today's launch and barge landing attempt. Meanwhile SpaceX's Dragon capsule was released today from the International Space Station and safely landed in the Pacific Ocean. (Actually I just wanted to post this picture.) »
Commander Chris Hadfield has taken to Twitter to explains that there's an emergency aboard the International Space Station. Apparently high-pressure ammonia may be leaking inside the station. »