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April 27th
11:09 PM
Via

zeitvox:

I remember Christmas Eve with Apollo 8, being upset that Apollo 10 would not land, and seeing grainy images of a giant leap. And this… this makes me swallow hard with watering eyes.

"I will not accept a statement that says we can’t afford it

- Neil deGrasse Tyson

Petition the White House to at least double NASA’s budget to one penny for every government dollar spent

10:58 PM
March 12th
1:12 PM
Via

Outer Space

The footage in this video is derived from image sequences from NASA’s Cassini and Voyager missions.

January 22nd
7:25 AM
Via
September 8th
2:47 PM

NASA | Pieceing Together the Temperature Puzzle

April 27th
3:01 PM
Via

unknownskywalker:

Mating the Dragon capsule to the Falcon 9 rocket

In a processing facility at Space Launch Complex-40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, preparations are under way to mate the SpaceX Dragon capsule to the second stage of the company’s Falcon 9 rocket.

The launch will be the company’s second demonstration test flight for NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program (COTS). During the flight, the capsule will conduct a series of check-out procedures to test and prove its systems, including rendezvous and berthing with the International Space Station.

If the capsule performs as planned, the NanoRacks-CubeLabs Module-9 experiments and other cargo aboard Dragon will be transferred to the station. The cargo includes food, water and provisions for the station’s Expedition crews, such as clothing, batteries and computer equipment.

Under COTS, NASA has partnered with two private companies to provide resupply missions to the station. The launch is scheduled for 9:38 a.m. EDT on May 7.

March 20th
2:49 PM

I remember Christmas Eve with Apollo 8, being upset that Apollo 10 would not land, and seeing grainy images of a giant leap. And this… this makes me swallow hard with watering eyes.

"I will not accept a statement that says we can’t afford it

- Neil deGrasse Tyson

Petition the White House to at least double NASA’s budget to one penny for every government dollar spent

March 2nd
12:53 PM
Via
plantedcity:

‘NASA Images Depict Rapid Loss of Thick Arctic Sea Ice’, 1980 - 2012
From Yale e360:

A new comparison of satellite images from 1980 and 2012 vividly depicts the rapid disappearance of thick, multi-year Arctic Ocean ice in winter. Over the past three decades, the extent of the Arctic’s thickest ice has declined by 15 to 17 percent per decade, according to NASA climate scientist Joey Comiso.

Details over at Yale e360 and NASA’s Earth Observatory.

plantedcity:

NASA Images Depict Rapid Loss of Thick Arctic Sea Ice’, 1980 - 2012

From Yale e360:

A new comparison of satellite images from 1980 and 2012 vividly depicts the rapid disappearance of thick, multi-year Arctic Ocean ice in winter. Over the past three decades, the extent of the Arctic’s thickest ice has declined by 15 to 17 percent per decade, according to NASA climate scientist Joey Comiso.

Details over at Yale e360 and NASA’s Earth Observatory.

January 5th
2:28 PM
X-37B spaceplane ‘spying on China’

The Pentagon has steadfastly refused to discuss its mission but amateur  space trackers have noted how its path around the globe is nearly  identical to China’s spacelab, Tiangong-1
…The spacelab, which China expects to man with astronauts in 2012, was  launched in September with an inclination of 42.78 degrees, and to a  very similar altitude…  >continue<

X-37B spaceplane ‘spying on China’

The Pentagon has steadfastly refused to discuss its mission but amateur space trackers have noted how its path around the globe is nearly identical to China’s spacelab, Tiangong-1

…The spacelab, which China expects to man with astronauts in 2012, was launched in September with an inclination of 42.78 degrees, and to a very similar altitude…  >continue<

September 20th
12:57 PM

NASA flyby images of Vesta

"…One impressive mountain in the center of the depression rises approximately 9 miles (15 kilometers) above the base of this depression, making it one of the highest elevations on all known bodies with solid surfaces in the solar system." >continue<

September 6th
6:47 PM

Fires in Texas viewed from the International Space Station

August 19th
3:46 PM
Spacecraft Sees Solar Storm Engulf Earth

“The movie sent chills down my spine&#8230;It shows a CME swelling into an enormous wall of plasma and then washing over the tiny blue speck of Earth&#8221;
[Coronal Mass Ejections] are billion-ton clouds of solar plasma launched by the same explosions that spark solar flares.   When they sweep past our planet, they can cause auroras, radiation storms, and in extreme cases power outages.  &gt;continue&lt;

Spacecraft Sees Solar Storm Engulf Earth

“The movie sent chills down my spine…It shows a CME swelling into an enormous wall of plasma and then washing over the tiny blue speck of Earth”

[Coronal Mass Ejections] are billion-ton clouds of solar plasma launched by the same explosions that spark solar flares.   When they sweep past our planet, they can cause auroras, radiation storms, and in extreme cases power outages.  >continue<

August 8th
10:42 AM
Surviving NASA rover nears rim of Martian crater

Driving commands sent up to Opportunity directed the six-wheel rover to make the final push toward Endeavour crater, a 14-mile-wide depression near the Martian equator that likely could be its final destination.
At its current pace and barring any hiccups, Opportunity should roll up to the crater&#8217;s edge on Tuesday&#8230;

The milestone injects a sense of adventure back into a mission that wowed the public with color portraits of the landscape and the unmistakable geologic discoveries of a warm and wetter past.

Surviving NASA rover nears rim of Martian crater

Driving commands sent up to Opportunity directed the six-wheel rover to make the final push toward Endeavour crater, a 14-mile-wide depression near the Martian equator that likely could be its final destination.

At its current pace and barring any hiccups, Opportunity should roll up to the crater’s edge on Tuesday…

The milestone injects a sense of adventure back into a mission that wowed the public with color portraits of the landscape and the unmistakable geologic discoveries of a warm and wetter past.

August 7th
2:28 PM
Boeing pilots to make space trip

The US company has confirmed it will use the Atlas 5 rocket to test its CST-100 ship on three flights in 2015.

In the wake of the final Shuttle mission, a new kind of space race is brewing. Four companies won NASA contracts this April. Boeing and the United Lauch Alliance will test systems in orbit and practice a capsule abort procedure before launching a manned orbital mission.
Another of several companies vying to provide crew transfer services to the International Space Station, SpaceX, has already put its unmanned Dragon capsule in orbit and returned it to earth - a first for private industry. Currently Boeing&#8217;s announcement has them behind SpaceX, which aims to put a crew into space in 2014. Both designs allow a crew of 7, however the Dragon capsule has an integrated abort rocket system that observers believe makes for a techincal advantage.  SpaceX also aims to deliver cargo to the ISS late in November.

Boeing pilots to make space trip

The US company has confirmed it will use the Atlas 5 rocket to test its CST-100 ship on three flights in 2015.

In the wake of the final Shuttle mission, a new kind of space race is brewing. Four companies won NASA contracts this April. Boeing and the United Lauch Alliance will test systems in orbit and practice a capsule abort procedure before launching a manned orbital mission.

Another of several companies vying to provide crew transfer services to the International Space Station, SpaceX, has already put its unmanned Dragon capsule in orbit and returned it to earth - a first for private industry. Currently Boeing’s announcement has them behind SpaceX, which aims to put a crew into space in 2014. Both designs allow a crew of 7, however the Dragon capsule has an integrated abort rocket system that observers believe makes for a techincal advantage.  SpaceX also aims to deliver cargo to the ISS late in November.