Musk has ID’d the first payload for the Falcon 9 Heavy. I don’t think he is joking.
In November 1960, President John F. Kennedy announced to the world that the United States had chosen to send a man to the Moon within ten years (not because it was easy, but because it was hard). The US had already orbited the Earth with Projects Mercury and Gemini, but leaving Earth orbit would require much more…
An excellent, brief video by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory about the Cassini-Huygens mission which ended today with Cassini burning up (we hope) in Saturn’s atmosphere.
The Moon’s shadow on the Earth as photographed from the International Space Station.
I was lucky enough to stand 900 feet from one of these, a RS-25 Space Shuttle main engine, while it ran for 8 minutes on this test stand. If you have any interest in this kind of thing, look out for NASA socials. They are huge fun.
This is cool. Really cool.
I love me some Canberra, I love me some space agency, I love me some eclipse. How cool is this? Tax money well spent, if you ask me.
That’s a big storm.
The center F-1 on the S-1C of SA-500D at the US Space and Rocket Center. Not the first time I’ve seen it. Not the first time I’ve photographed it. Not the first time I’ve been awed by it.
Could have been. It would have been a sight to see.
MIT has an awesome open course you can download that has many of the project leaders from the Space Shuttle program discussing their respective areas. These are the folks who were there from the beginning discussing systems, structures, aero, DOD use and a bunch of other stuff. In the aerothermodynamics session it was…
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…