Perhaps in an effort to emulate John F. Kennedy, and to have something to crow about during what he hopes is just his first term, President Donald Trump is pushing NASA to accelerate the Space Launch System (SLS) program to include astronauts on Orion’s first launch. NASA had originally planned for the first launch,…
Gus, Ed and Roger. Apollo 1.
Gemini and Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan, who was the last man to walk on the Moon as the Commander of Apollo 17, was laid to rest today with full military honors at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin following his death on January 16. Cernan began his career as a Naval Aviator before becoming an astronaut and flying…
Since we are posting things that make us happy. Here is 45 minutes of giant rocket lifting off the pad.
Eugene Andrew Cernan was born on March 14, 1934 in Chicago, and studied Engineering at Purdue University before joining the US Navy as a pilot. In 1963, Cernan was selected in the third group of US astronauts along with Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Michael Collins, and Alan Bean among others. Cernan went to space for the…
The last man to walk on the moon, Gemini 9 and Apollo 10 astronaut, Navy pilot and fellow Purdue grad. RIP.
The Buran-Energia stack being pulled to the pad by two sets of locomotives. They did things big in the USSR.
Upcoming International Space Station Commander Drew Feustel is a car nut.
Former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn lies in repose, under a United States Marine honor guard, in the Rotunda of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, on December 16, 2016.
NASA TV is showing the Orbital ATK launch at about 8:30. They launch their rocket from an old L1011.
Saw a reminder that Glenn was the last of the Mercury 7 to pass away. Such an amazing group of guys. Al, Gus, John, Wally, Scott, Gordo and Deke (did that from memory!). Here they are in survival training prior to their mission.
An aerial view of Shuttle Orbiter Enterprise being hoisted into Marshall’s Dynamic Test Stand for the Mated Vertical Ground Vibration test (MVGVT). The test on October 4, 1978 marked the first time ever that the entire Space Shuttle elements—an Orbiter, an External Tank (ET), and two Solid Rocket Boosters (SRB)—were…
How would you like to have that view at your job? With the launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour, STS-61 was the first mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope.
The setting Earth as seen from the moon taken from the JAXA probe Kaguya. It was the first probe to HDTV cameras up with it.
I listened to Musk’s talk about his fleet of Mars rockets. One thing he mentioned was the booster would have a cluster of 42 engines. 42 engines, on a booster that sounds like it will fly a few times a week. 42 engines worth of plumbing, 42 engines to inspect, 42 engines to keep healthy. I’m not sure if 42 is the…
Slowmotion footage of Apollo 16 launch.
The Atlantic has this and some other incredible Images from Offworld.