I don’t even really know what to say about this. It had a Grob aircraft livery, had an EU plate (Germany, presumably) and is really, really cool. How and why is this in Titusville, Florida?
Prior to the Challenger accident, NASA intended to fly DOD missions to a polar orbit out of Vandenburg Air Force base in California. Here Enterprise is used to evaluate the pad setup. If you want to learn more about this grab the book Into The Black.
I am slowly putting together my big post for the NASA Social event I attended last week. One of the things that caught my eye that was on display was this space shuttle tile from OV-099. More commonly know as Challenger. Glad to see it is still helping push science forward.
This was my view. Absolutely incredible experience. 7.5 minutes of running from 300 yards away. Made my clothes shake. The NASA folks were amazing as well. We met Doctor Howard Conyers. He was the guy who brought us this.
Tune into NASA TV on cable or streaming.
Something appealing about these two pressure domes for the mighty SLS booster. Nicely proportioned. The NASA Social has been amazing. Lots of pics on Twitter and elsewhere. I will post more here later.
When HP is no longer the best metric. Flying out to New Orleans tomorrow to see the test and hang out with fellow nerdy space folks.
This Thursday I will be attending a NASA Social event where they will be testing a RS-25 Space Launch System Main Engine / Space Shutlle Main Engine at the Stennis facility. If you want to follow along follow me @michaelrennick in Twitter and Instagram.
Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-25 on the stand at night. Main engine for the Space Shuttle and the new SLS
The fuel, and oxidizer, injector of the RS-25 engine that powered the Space Shuttle and will power the SLS. Inconel 718 FTW.
I was selected to attend the next NASA Social event where they will be test running a RS-25 engine. While doing some research I came across this. Cool to see it built up. Needless to say I am a bit excited. If you want to follow along hit me up on Twitter @michaelrennick
I love the mustache Mike Collins grew in quarintine after Apollo 11.
If I could ride/drive/fly anything past, present or future, I would go for riding a Saturn V. They say it was brutal compared to a lot of rockets. Not the crack you get from solid rockets, but lots of vibration and a feel of raw power. Must have been amazing.
Has never been used to better effect.
Whoa. Delta V Heavy.
So ... what do you think should be the reward for traveling more than a billion miles through the Solar System, leaving behind friends and family and expanding the knowledge of the Human Race? A big “FUCK YOU!” and a fiery death in a planet far away, that’s what! The bastards at JPL intended for Juno’s mission to be a…
If you’re interested in viewing a brilliant night sky, chances are pretty good that there is so much light pollution where you live that it’s just not possible to see any but the brightest stars. Here’s the full explanation of The New World Atlas of Artificial Sky Brightness:
NASA explanation: Transits of Mercury are relatively rare. Monday’s leisurely 7.5 hour long event was only the 2nd of 14 Mercury transits in the 21st century. If you’re willing to travel, transits of the International Space Station can be more frequent though, and much quicker. This sharp video frame composite was…