Space geeks rejoice!
September 3, 2010 5:36 AM Subscribe
Up above the world so high, what's that spacecraft in the sky?
posted by Salvor Hardin (10 comments total)
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The National Space Science Data Center, a division of NASA, provides a searchable catalog of all spacecraft launched from the planet Earth
The catalog provides access to a wealth of data and information about the spacecraft, the science and people involved, and info about the fruit of the missions. For your convenience:
- Search for spacecraft
by name, mission type, or launch date (by far this is my favorite part of the site)
- Search for experiments aboard spacecraft
- Search for (records of) data collections
- Search for personnel involved in space missions
- Search for publications derived from space missions
- Search for (records of) maps
made by spacecraft of Mars, Venus or the Moon (by lat/lon) - sorry, no actual maps online
- Search for recent data
- Search for significant space-mission-related events
by keyword or date
Not sure where to start having fun?
- Try searching for spacecraft launched in 1969 to read about the vehicles involved in the space race!
- Check out the spacecraft launched recently in your favorite space-research area, and get a taste of what's to come when they reach their destinations.
- Or how about searching for all military spacecraft launched in 2009 and speculate on their classified and indubitably nefarious purposes.
- Try searching for all spacecraft-related events in your birth year!