NASA’s Juno spacecraft was racing away from Jupiter following its seventh close pass of the planet when JunoCam snapped this image on May 19, 2017, from about 29,100 miles (46,900 kilometers) above the cloud tops. The spacecraft was over 65.9 degrees south latitude, with a lovely view of the south polar region of the…
Indeed, the biggest plane by wingspan, Vulcan Aerospace’s Stratolaunch was out of the hangar for the first time yesterday. The plan is to use it as a reusable rocket launch platform.
After 718 days in space, the Air Force’s robotic space plane landed at Kennedy Space Center on Sunday, becoming the first spacecraft to land on the runway there since the shuttle was retired. Still no definitive word on what it was actually doing (the Air Force claims it is just a technology testbed).
NASA’s Deep Space Network keeps track of a large number of probes out there. Spacecraft are at the moon, Mars, Saturn and in deep space. I love the fact that they check in on Voyager 1 and 2 from time to time. Voyager 2 is 31 light hours from earth. Voyager 1 is in interstellar space and 38 light hours out.
Got to run by SpaceX on my way to LAX. Rockets are cool.
It may not be a Saturn V, but it’s mine.Helping the Cub Scouts build rockets tomorrow and built a prototype. First time since college that I’ve built one of these.
Once or twice a year the restoration facility of the Smithsonian’s Udvar Hazy Center opens its doors. Yesterday was the day and they had a special reason. Apollo 11's command module Columbia was in for preservation, and for the first time in over 30 years they let people take a close look at her with her plastic case…
LEGO unveils a “Women of NASA” series lauding the female pioneers of space.
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.