Astronaut, and Expedition 33
Commander, Sunita Williams
gives a tour
of the International Space Station.
, the furthest man made object
from earth, recently entered the boundary between the heliosphere
and interstellar space. Scientists from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena have nicknamed this boundary area the Magnetic Highway
Mars Curiosity Rover.
A short film by Dan Winters
, narrated by members of the team that sent Curiosity on its way. [more inside]
, famed International Space Station photographer, gives an interesting talk at Luminance 2012
about the opportunities and difficulties of shooting aboard a space station.
Camilla the rubber chicken
is the child of a chicken and an extra-terrestrial visitor
(whose name is being concealed for legal and safety issues)." After a sad childhood in the circus, Camilla joined the Heliophysics
team at NASA and befriended Little SDO
, the satellite component of the the Solar Dynamics Observatory.
In her capacity as SDO mascot and astrochick, Camilla flew into space with Little SDO, flew into a solar radiation storm
, continues to monitor space weather
, and is training for a trip to the International Space Station
alongside astronaut Lt. Commaner Wiseman
. Camilla also participates in science outreach and education programs
, and she's currently in Australia, preparing to run the solar eclipe marathon
! [more inside]
All evidence is pointing to the fact that Voyager I has left our solar system.
New data from the spacecraft, which I will discuss below, indicate Voyager 1 may have exited the solar system for good. If true, this would mark a truly historic moment for the human race — sending a spacecraft beyond the edge of our home solar system
Photos of the Flight Deck (cockpit) of the Space Shuttle Endeavour
, fully powered for one of the final times, by young former NASA photographer Ben Cooper
"It's horrible to see smoke pouring from wounds in your own country from such a fantastic vantage point." Astronaut Frank Culbertson's reflections
as he orbited
on Sept. 11th, 2001.
The fine people over at the International Guild of Knot Tyers Forum talk knots. On Mars
Google brings its Street View cameras into the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
This is their largest special Street View collection to date: 6000 panoramic images, including the Apollo 14 module, the Vehicle Assembly Building, Launch Firing Room #4 and Space Shuttle Orbiters Atlantis and Endeavour. Intro Video
) [more inside]
on Curiosity landing has just started, landing itself is expected two hours later, at 5:31 am UTC/10:31 pm PDT. [more inside]
Coming soon to a red planet near you, it's the Mars Science Laboratory
Monday, August 6 at 05:31 UTC (other times around the world
Curiosity rover is expected to land on Mars in search of conditions suited to
past or present Martian life. Live coverage begins on NASA TV
at 03:30 UTC.
But this mission has been years in the making, so if you have a little catching up to do... [more inside]
Views from the ISS at Night (Vimeo)
- Knate Myers assembled this video from a series of time-lapse videos taken aboard the ISS. Plus, one of my favorite movie soundtracks!
Naturally, go full-screen HD for best experience. [more inside]
is a short film assembled from NASA archive footage.
Up-close with Atlantis.
A photo gallery of Space Shuttle Atlantis, as it awaits decommissioning in the VAB.
Stunning video of the transit of Venus
by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
The United States Department of Defense has generously
"decided to give NASA two telescopes as big as, and even more powerful than, the Hubble Space Telescope." They apparently had some antiquated spy satellite hardware sitting around unused and unwanted. NASA still needs to find money to outfit them with recording instruments and pay a team to manage them, which may take 8 years
An Audience With Neil Armstrong
is an hour long interview with Neil Armstrong about the moon landings from 2011, including a comparative view of footage from the Eagle's landing alongside Google Moon maps. [more inside]
SpaceX's Falcon9 rocket carrying Dragon capsule to dock with the ISS, has launched successfully
. [more inside]
's Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon cargo capsule is scheduled to launch at 8:55 am UTC on Saturday, May 19, 2012 - a little less than 12 hours from now. [more inside]
In a recent episode
of Mad Men
titled "Lady Lazarus
," Pete Campbell has an existential crisis when he sees a picture of the Earth from space, but were there color pictures of the whole Earth in October 1966? First some background... [more inside]
Chilling amateur home video of the Challenger disaster "Obviously a major malfunction."
Those words have always haunted me, but to hear them here, echoing across a PA system as shocked onlookers come to terms with what they have just seen, they carry even more power than they did when they were just an anonymous voiceover on a TV shot.
The Space Shuttle Discovery
, known for launching the Hubble telescope
, as well as being the workhorse
of the fleet
, made a final flight
today. [more inside]
"NASA is one of the few institutions I know that can inspire five-year-olds. It sure inspired me, and with this endeavor, maybe we can inspire a few more youth to invent and explore." An undersea expendition funded by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has discovered
the spent rocket engines
used to power Apollo 11
"What NASA will learn from dissecting Space Shuttles Atlantis
, and Endeavour
" before they transition
into retirement. (From the May 2012 issue of Smithsonian Air & Space
"A space station is a serious place. We're doing serious research."
Rovio and NASA further explore the classic avain-porcine rivalry (and microgravity) through a Space Act
Agreement. Angry Birds: Space
is launching today.
is a short documentary about auroras by NASA, which uses high-definition images taken by International Space Station science officer Don Pettit of aurora from orbit. Pettit writes about the difficulties of taking photographs from orbit
and other subjects on his blog
Neil deGrasse Tyson gives testimony
on March 7, 2012 before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (Majority member page) (Minority member page)
Eight minutes of speech followed by questioning and response. [more inside]
NASA has announced
that the latest Kepler data dump
contains 1,091 extrasolar planet
candidates, with 196 Earth-sized planets among them. The data shows "a clear trend toward smaller planets at longer orbital periods is evident with each new catalog release. This suggests that Earth-size planets in the habitable zone are forthcoming if, indeed, such planets are abundant." Total Kepler candidates as of February 27, 2012: 2,321
. [more inside]
Fifty years ago today, John Glenn
became the first American to orbit the earth. In an recent interview, he lamented the decline of the manned US space program: "It's unseemly to me that here we are, supposedly the world's greatest space-faring nation, and we don't even have a way to get back and forth to our own International Space Station." [more inside]
The Blue Marble
is a famous photograph of Earth, taken by the crew of Apollo 17 on December 7th 1972, as they traveled to the moon.
On January 23th, 2012, the Suomi NPP satellite
snapped a similar, high definition photo, called Blue Marble 2012
. By sure to check out the other side of the Marble
, how the photos were taken
and a PDF that describes the NPP project