Scott Carpenter has died at 88.
As the commander of Aurora 7
in 1962, Carpenter was the second Mercury astronaut to orbit the Earth. He is best known for having wished his friend John Glenn "Godspeed
" as the latter launched into orbit. [more inside]
The Smithsonian's National Air and Space museum is running an exhibit showing the ingenuity of design inherent in the spacesuits used by NASA astronauts. It includes some very cool x-ray photographs of the equipment by Mark Avino
Today. the day after astronauts detected and repaired a "serious but not life-threatening" ammonia leak
on the space station, Commander Chris Hadfield
has passed over command of the space station
. Planet earth is blue and there's nothing left to do ... except to release this video
. Sorry, Tilda Swinton does not make an appearance. Video is suitable for all audiences. Hadfield previously on MeFi.
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]
Un Petit plat pour l’Homme (A Small Dish For Man)
is a cute animated short by Corentin Charron which looks at dining in space. [via]
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
At one point, Stafford recognized a landmark crater, Censorinus A. He was momentarily distracted by the dramatic shadows and giant boulders surrounding the crater. “I’ve got Censorinus A right here,” he said out loud to the world, “bigger than shit!” A shocked reporter listening to the transmission in mission control turned to astronaut Jack Schmitt. “What did Colonel Stafford just say?” Thinking quickly, Schmitt covered for his colleague and replied “He said, ‘Oh, there’s Censorinus… bigger than Schmitt!’”
How not to swear on the moon
, and other fun facts from Vintage Space
Challenger . . . . go with throttle up
Twenty-five years ago today the U.S. Space Shuttle Challenger exploded
73 seconds into the 25th space shuttle flight. The reports (pdf)
tell us of O-Ring failures. Today, we remember
one of the most tragic days in the history
of the U.S. manned spaceflight program. Today, January 28, 2011, we remember: Michael Smith, Dick Scobee, Judith Resnik, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Gregory Jarvis, and Christa McAuliffe
Behold the mundane wonders of the space age. NASA offers a four
tour of the International Space Station. [via] Cynical-C [more inside]
From grainy stills
to gorgeous high-resolution portraits
, from intimate pairings
to stark contrasts
, and from old standbys
to little-known surprises
, The Planetary Society
's Earth galleries offer a rich collection of stunning photography and video footage of our world as seen from both planetary spacecraft
and geostationary satellites
. It is a vista that has inspired many a deep thought
in the lucky few that have seen it firsthand [previously]
. Oh, and the rest of the Solar System
is pretty neat, too.
With all the crystal skulls
, nazca lines
and such at the box office these days now might be the ideal time to reacquaint yourself with the theories of Erich von Däniken
. What better way to do it than by watching William Shatners Mysteries of the Gods
( Pt. 1
, Pt. 2
, Pt. 3
, Pt. 4
, Pt. 5
, Pt. 6
, Pt. 7
, Pt. 8
, Pt. 9
, Pt. 10
)(MULTI LINK YOUTUBE SHATNERFEST)
The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth.
Over half a million photographs of Earth taken from orbit by astronauts, from 1961 through the present. The ability of the astronauts to rapidly identify interesting phenomena allows them to capture events as they occur, like volcanic eruptions
, and hurricanes
, or take advantage of the angle of the sun to highlight specific features, like the pyramids
or Mount Everest
Though not the first time
golf has been played
in space, Russian cosmonauts
are still planning to go ahead
with the world's longest drive (3-4 years in orbit) from the International Space Station, as sponsored by the golf company Element 21 [link is to a rather neat CGI video of the shot, in wmv format. Coral Cache version.]
The only problem -- it might hit the space station
with the force of a 6.5 ton truck moving at 60 mph, though others are more worried about what the stunt means for the space program
The NASA Centennial Challenges:
Inspired by the X-Prize
, NASA has begun a series of challenges to private inventors with cash prizes for things ranging from extracting oxygen from moon rocks
to building better astronaut gloves
to improving personal aircraft
. Thanks to Congressional approval
, NASA will be launching larger challenges of up to $50 million in value, including a new multi-million dollar lunar lander contest
. With government space efforts criticized
by private entrepreneurs
, is this the right direction for NASA?
Lego Astrobots Blog From Mars Rovers
- The Planetary Society has teamed with NASA to "man" it's two Mars Exploration Rover spacecraft with Lego "Astrobots." The bots, Biff Starling and Sandy Moondust, are blogging their adventure
"to allow kids to vicariously experience life in space, from launch, through the six-month space cruise, to landing and roving on the Martian surface."
Designing a Space Colony? Start Here
. Some light Reading
. Be sure to check out the artwork
(more space art by Don Davis
The Apollo Lunar Surface Journal.
Journals, records and some images from the Apollo lunar missions.
"Survivor" meets "Star Trek".
The next tourist in space may be a game-show winner. (Gad.)
Blogging from space
On board with the Expedition One crew. Does Blogger have a "[REDACTED MATERIAL]" command?
The Space Shuttle team is having problems getting their email.
They wouldn't happen to be using Outlook, would they? :) (I didn't intend it, but today is looking to be 'Bash Microsoft Day' here at MetaFilter)