Apollo 14 Lunar Module Pilot Edgar Mitchell died yesterday at age 85. In an odd turn of fate it was one day before the 45th anniversary of his lunar landing in the Lunar Module Antares with Commander Alan Shepard.
Barbara Morgan was selected as the backup candidate for the NASA Teacher in Space Program in 1985 and trained alongside Christa McAuliffe. Morgan was present at the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger on January 28, 1986. She recently spoke to the BBC about her experience.
I’m out at Vandenberg to cover the Jason-3 launch tomorrow, and visited the pad today. Not included in the formal reporting: How squee-inducing rockets are. Squee!!
If you were considering cosplaying as a space agency employee from the 1970s or doing some historically accurate artwork NASA has you covered with their Graphics Standard Manual from 1976 available online.
I wasn’t sure where to post this. I decided to go with White Noise since it used to be a Giz sub-blog.
Today the BBC future has unveiled an interactive website about the construction of the International Space Station, as well as some fun facts. Sometimes it’s almost hard to believe it’s been 17 years (1998) from the original module was successfully completed. I can only hope the spirit of international community that…
The CineScape film competition required filmmakers to make short films “inspired by and using actual NASA imagery.” NASA and Houston Cinema Arts Society chose the finalists and ultimate winner of this year’s competition with the help of filmmaker Richard Linklater.
NASA has started recruiting for the next class of astronauts, and will be accepting applications from December 14, 2015 to mid-February 2016. Candidates will be announced in 2017, people, so start studying!
The excitement that greeted the announcement of a new Star Trek series on CBS All Access didn’t quite reach Star Wars sequel levels, but fans are definitely talking. Of course, just like the reaction that accompanied The Force Awakens, enthusiasm is tempered by fear: what if the new series fails to meet expectations?
Bleak cousin, with your empty sands of red,
Your once-canals now dried-up, mocking scars:
How could you now be anything but dead?
The Vikings told us: there’s no life on Mars.
We watched you still: we sent our rovers there
To raid your rills and analyze your dust
In hopes of finding any life you’d bear
Or moisture flowing…
If you’re in London sometime in the next six months you can check out “Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age” at the Science Museum. The exhibit displays several items from the 1960s Russian space program including the capsule flown by Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space.
Tuesday will mark the 171st of the planned 342 days for NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko to spend on the International Space Station as the One Year Crew. NASA released a video to observe the milestone with Billy Dee Williams narrating.
Ardbeg Distillery sent a vial of unmatured malt whiskey to the International Space Station back in 2011 which returned to Earth last year. The distillery has released the results of its tests which show a significant difference in taste for the space sample.
Currently there are nine occupants of the International Space Station after a Soyuz craft docked this morning. The nine occupants represent five different countries with four Russians, two Americans and one each from Denmark, Japan and Kazakhstan.
Reboot the Suit made its stretch goal, with over 10 hours to spare. Thats pretty cool, I’ll probably still throw some money their way, cause I want that poster. Don’t care to talk about spacesuits? Thats fine be that way.
Earlier today the three NASA/JAXA astronauts on the International Space Station tried samples of the red romaine lettuce grown in the Veggie plant growth system on the station. The Russian cosmonauts were occupied with a spacewalk at the time and will try the lettuce later.
NASA is going to announce something regarding the Kepler Space Telescope at 9 a.m. PDT tomorrow. Probably some new Earths (i.e., rocky planets roughly the size of the Earth in the habitable zone), but I’m really hoping they found a Dyson Sphere. http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/anoth...
I promised several of you a guide to everything we’ve learned about Pluto, Charon, and all its little moons by Sunday morning. The guide was delayed until now; just letting you know it’s (finally!) ready.