I came across this list at Wikipedia (not surprisingly, about spaceflight). Â It lists *every* human spaceflight since April 12, 1961 (Vostok 1). Â And the total surprised me: 282 Only 282 flights with humans in over 49 years. Â Less than 6 per year on average. Â This includes 3 flights from the X-15 program and 3 flights […]
The Earth and the Moon
@NASAhistory just posted to twitter that this pictures was taken 33 years ago today: I love pictures like this, the Earth and the Moon in one frame. Â This image was taken by Voyager 1, the first to look back from such a distance (7,250,000 miles away), and the right equipment, that the Earth and Moon […]
Here are the photos from the NASA Tweetup at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX.
NASA announces tweet up to view the launch of Atlantis. Â NASA will pick 150 people at random that sign up on their site. Hrm, I’ll be signing up — and if I’m one of the 150 picked — I think that’s too good of a deal to pass up. Â There’s also a second place tweet […]
Yesterday’s Astronomy Picture of the Day was pretty neat. Â It was an astronaut grabbing a rather large satellite in an untethered spacewalk. The picture doesn’t capture really what’s happening here. Â The satellite is rotating while being captured. Â The video shows this better. Shannon couldn’t believe what she was seeing. Â “Is he crazy!” seems like what […]
“Sometimes doing nothing is the best option”
Great post by NASA’s Wayne Hale on his blog regarding conjuctions, or close encounters between the Space Shuttle and space junk. Â When a conjunction is going to occur during the crew sleep period and there is sufficient reason to believe there will not be a collision, mission controllers will set a timer to expire at […]
Ares I-X Rollout
I tried to stay up to watch the start of the rollout live – scheduled for 12:01AM this morning, but it got delayed about an hour, so I’m glad I didn’t. Â The last bit of the rollout is happening right now. Someone on the nasaspaceflight.com forum this morning noted that the last rocked to rollout […]
Spaceflight, Helicopters, and Nomads
Before launches at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Helicopters search the downrange path of rockets to find any nomads in the vast grasslands of Kazakhstan. Â If any are found they are warned of the upcoming launches. Link This picture of this activity was particularly interesting: (image from russianspaceweb.com, copyright noted) The americans launch with ocean downrange. […]
One of the things I’ve been looking forward to recently is the rollout (on 10/20) and the launch (scheduled for 10/27) of Â Ares I-X: NASA’s first test flight of the new rockets in support of the Constellation Program (created by Bush II in his Vision for Space Exploration). It’s been exciting to read about the […]
Incredible Photos of Earth from Orbit
These beautiful images, taken from the Landsat Program, show the strange way things look from >250 miles up.Â The Bahamas image of the sand beneath the ocean is breathtaking. Link (via kottke).