New Horizons, the Little Spacecraft that Could, passed Pluto at a distance of about 7,500 miles about an hour ago.
It may not mean much to y’all but I worked with the Ralph team and am super excited to see this project come to fruition. Ten years and three billion miles are going to give us some of the clearest pictures and best data on Pluto and other Kuiper bits in just a few more days!!! »
This has been posted in the past but I haven’t seen it in a while. It popped up in my YouTube feed and is worth another watch even if you’ve seen it before. The video in question is a feed from the launch pad of the Apollo 11 launch showing just how powerful and violent a rocket launch is. »
NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Terry Virts work on a Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) inside the station’s Japanese Experiment Module of the ISS. The CDRA system removes carbon dioxide from the cabin air, allowing for an environmentally safe crew cabin. Note the foot anchors on the “floor” of the module.
Gene Cernan in the LEM after an Apollo 17 moonwalk. Those are the dirty spacesuits stacked up next to him. »
Or the time John Young got investigated by Congress for smuggling a corned beef sandwich into space on Gemini 3. »
Photos taken from this article and courtesy of NASA. There are more pictures to be had in the article, but I do need to include this one of the Soyuz capsule on the ground. Just in case you were wondering just how violent and hot a reentry is, here is what a space capsule looks like after landing. I wonder how long… »
We need to go back here. After that, Mars. After that, Some of Jupiter's moons, Titan, Pluto and then the Oort cloud. Then another star. »
March 23, 1965 marks the launch of the first manned Gemini rocket. The Gemini III spacecraft, nicknamed Molly Brown, was flown by Gus Grissom, command pilot, and John W. Young, pilot. They orbited the Earth three times. The flight demonstrated that the astronauts could change orbit, remain in space for at least two… »
Provide your guesses below. Edit: the Oct 1965 date is a big hint. Edit 2. McMike got it... That is the Apollo 6 Command Module. It is on display at the Fernbank Science Museum in Atlanta. We took the kids to the planetarium there this morning. After it flew it was pretty well scavenged by NASA including all the… »
International Space Station astronaut Terry Virts (@AstroTerry) tweeted this image of a Vulcan hand salute from orbit as a tribute to actor Leonard Nimoy, who died on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Nimoy played science officer Mr. Spock in the Star Trek series that served as an inspiration to generations of scientists,… »
This is a remarkable photograph, and to truly appreciate it, you must go to the NASA site and view it in insanely high resolution. The detail on the rover is unbelievable. And before all you conspiracy theorists get your panties in a wad, the photograph is a mosaic of pictures taken by the robotic arm with the arm… »
On February 18, 1977, the Space Shuttle prototype Enterprise was flown on top of NASA's 747, known as the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), for the first time. In this first of five "captive-inactive" flights, the Shuttle was unmanned, and engineers tested the flight characteristics of the mated aircraft. The rear of… »