Today at approximately 08:45am GMT
, the Rosetta spacecraft
entered orbit of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko after a 10 year journey. Now in orbit 100km above the surface, Rosetta is already sending back amazing images
of a rocky, rough rubber duck
shaped comet. [more inside]
Presented for your enjoyment and perusal: the Apollo 11 Flight Plan
, and other fun reading material. [more inside]
The Rosetta spacecraft just woke up
after a 32 month nap, some 500 million miles from Earth (interactive location tool
) in preparation for its encounter with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
. [more inside]
"In 'Somebody Will' I wanted to get across why I see sci-fi and fantasy fandom as a more positive, productive world than many of the hobbies and communities common in our culture. [...] The hardest part of the piece is singing it to the end without crying."
Dreams of Space.
A blog featuring art from non-fiction children's space flight books 1945-1975. Lots of great graphics
, from the realistic
to the now fanciful
. I must also point out the wonderful Czech pop-up book
and A Trip to Outer Space With Santa
It's been just over eight years since the Hugyens
separated from the Cassini spacecraft
and drifted down to the surface Saturn's moon Titan
. Along the way it provided video
of its descent.
Now a 3D visualization of its landing, based on data from the spacecraft itself, has been created
In 1964, Zambia joined the Space Race with help from Edward Makuka Nkoloso, an enthusiastic
, if overly optimistic
, primary school teacher (partial transcript, video very much of its time
). Though the rocket never left Lusaka, and there was never any real support from either the Zambian government or UNESCO
, Nkoloso's project
caught the imagination of Spanish artist Cristina de Middel
in her short film, The Afronauts
. Middel explains
, "The images
are beautiful and the story is pleasant at a first level, but it is built on the fact that nobody believes that Africa will ever reach the moon. It hides a very subtle critique to our position towards the whole continent and our prejudices. It's just like saying strong words with a beautiful smile." via.
did space travel turned into an office park
when it was sold as being a unique adventure
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.
On Jan. 6, the NASA Johnson Space Center and the School of Earth and Space Exploration unveiled the Project Gemini Online Digital Archive
. The archive contains the first high-resolution digital scans of the original flight films from the US Gemini
Over 500 people have traveled into outer space
. While many have written books about the experience
, only a few have used more creative means to express what they saw and felt. Here are a few: [more inside]
Hey, remember the ISS, that space station
the Space Shuttle
helped build before the shuttle was retired? Turns out humans might have to vacate that nifty space station
for a bit. [more inside]
On May 16, 2011, after one scrubbed attempt, the space shuttle Endeavour set off on her final mission, STS-134. Shuttle commander Mark Kelly had this to say after receiving a "go" from the launch poll
On this final flight of space shuttle Endeavour, we want to thank all the tens of thousands of dedicated employees that have put their hands on this incredible ship and dedicated their lives to the space shuttle program. As Americans, we Endeavour to build a better life than the generation before, and we Endeavour to be a united nation. In these efforts, we are often tested. This mission represents the power of teamwork, commitment, and exploration. It is in the DNA of our great country to reach for the stars and explore; we must not stop. To all the millions watching today, including our spouses, children, family, and friends, we thank you for your support.
You've seen launches before, but NASA has uploaded a whole slew of angles that will truly amaze:
Witness 4.4 million pounds of shuttle, fuel, and rocket boosters "twang" a full 18 inches as the main engines ignite.
1.2 million pounds of thrust push against a locked down stack, waiting for the solid rocket boosters to ignite. (The SRBs bring the total to 7 million lbs of thrust, enough to break all that binds her to the pad.)
OTV Camera 71
, a fantastic, short close-up. UCS-15 (TV-21A)
provides a dead-on, close up shot of the launch. The South Beach Tracker
shot offers a fantastic view as well. From 3.1 miles away at the Press Site,
note the ~11 second delay before the piercing sound of the SRBs hits. And just released today, fantastic footage from the solid rocket boosters
, including their trip to splashdown in the Atlantic ocean from 30 miles up. And finally, the classic NASA view
, with some great data overlays by Spacevidcast
. [more inside]
Introducing the Nautilus-X MMSEV
, a manned deep space craft proposed by a team at NASA's Johnson Space Centre.
of remnants of the Soviet Lunar program
, via Jalopnik
, who have more details.
With only two missions remaining
as they wind down the space shuttle
, NASA has a program to make countless dreams of space travel come (partially) true: Fly Your Face in Space
. [more inside]
Six would-be astronauts will this week begin a 520-day mock space voyage to simulate a mission to Mars. How will they cope with the huge psychological pressures?
It's a project
that may simulate
a mission that's going nowhere
“In all honesty, we don’t know when it’s coming back for sure”
- The US Air Force's first launch of the X-37b
reusable space vehicle has provoked much speculation, with some even wondering if the Pentagon is reviving Nazi space-bomber plans
. But was the launch of spaceplane an attempt to mask the launch of another secret weapon
On the eve of the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the Annual John H. Glenn Lecture
took place at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
Tickets were in high demand
for the event, which featured the Apollo 11 astronauts - among others - discussing the past, present, and future of manned spaceflight. [more inside]
"I said to myself, 'we are going to die.'"
Space Shuttle commander Hoot Gibson on his reaction as he saw pictures from the Shuttle's robot arm of gouged and missing tiles along its underbelly. Shades of Columbia
- but this was mission STS-27
, over fourteen years earlier. Yet mission control discounted the reports from orbit, perhaps misled by the poor quality of the downlinked images that resulted from encryption demanded by the mission's secretive military profile. In the end, Atlantis
made it back, but with visible damage
along her right flank. But like most classified DoD missions of the time, little was reported, and NASA was arguably wary of drawing attention to the near-loss of only the second flight since the Challenger
disaster. But if this near-miss had been better known, might NASA have been more concerned about indications of debris damage
during the launch of STS-107?
: on the 9th of September three Cambridge engineering students launched
a balloon equipped with a camera and tracking devices. It reached a height of 32km and took 857 photographs
during its three hour flight, some
showing the curvature of the earth. You can also download a KML file
to follow the balloon's flight path in Google Earth.
Is there any purpose
to the kind of manned space flights
we seem to be concentrating on?
We may have avoided a trade war, but it looks like a space race is on.
Baby, Bye, Bye, Bye!
NSYNC = NSPACE. Not anymore!
Looks like Lance doesn't have the money, and the Russians got tired of waiting.
Conspiracy or not?
Convinced to sit and watch FOX's show on whether we landed on the moon, I found myself wondering why there was no evidence
against the hoax presented. Is this is clearly another
feed on the conspiracy theories
surrounding JFK's administration? Or was it just another "When cars attack?" (If so, I didn't find this as funny)