August 20, 2014

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This article was written for NYCAviation.com, and is reprinted here with permission. With a little help, a space shuttle took to the skies briefly on August 14 in Houston, Texas. … [ More ]

Shuttle Carrier Aircraft NASA905 & Shuttle Independence

* This is a slightly reworked post from 2006. You'll pardon me reusing old content for such an emotional day/event. It took the twenty year anniversary (2006) to bring the first loss of … [ More ]

What's NASA done for you lately? Oh, you mean apart from keeping a continuously inhabited orbiting laboratory (International Space Station) in productive operation for over 12 … [ More ]

Original Mural at Johnson Space Center in Houston. 
Photo Credit: NASA

Monthly hashtag roundup for January 2013: The American Astronomical Society (AAS) is having their 221st meeting this week (January 6-10) in Long Beach, and some call it the "Super Bowl … [ More ]

Photo Credit: Rosaura Ochoa

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken January 3, 2012 from 15:01:30 to 15:08:17 GMT, on a pass from the … [ More ]

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Our Lost Astronauts, in Memoriam

* This is a slightly reworked post from 2006. You'll pardon me reusing old content for such an emotional day/event. It took the twenty year anniversary (2006) to bring the first loss of U.S. astronauts in flight back into the public's consciousness. NASA’s Space Shuttle Challenger (STS-51L) was lost 73 seconds after lift-off on January 28, 1986, the victim of faulty O-ring seals on its Solid … Read more >>

Original Mural at Johnson Space Center in Houston. 
Photo Credit: NASA

Free Stuff from NASA – 2013 Edition

What's NASA done for you lately? Oh, you mean apart from keeping a continuously inhabited orbiting laboratory (International Space Station) in productive operation for over 12 years (since November 2, 2000,) monitoring probes sent to the farthest reaches of our Solar System (Voyager 1 & Voyager 2), and a probe arriving at Jupiter in 2016 (Juno), launching countless scientific … Read more >>

Photo Credit: Rosaura Ochoa

Interesting Hashtags to Follow on Twitter this Month

Monthly hashtag roundup for January 2013: The American Astronomical Society (AAS) is having their 221st meeting this week (January 6-10) in Long Beach, and some call it the "Super Bowl of Astronomy" -- if that doesn't excite you, I'm not sure why you're reading this blog! ;) The hashtag to follow for all the rich and varied content coming out of this week-long event is #AAS221. For math … Read more >>

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ISS Video: Aurora Australis over the Indian Ocean

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken January 3, 2012 from 15:01:30 to 15:08:17 GMT, on a pass from the Indian Ocean, just west of Australia, to south of Australia, west of Tasmania. The pass begins looking eastward toward southern Australia at the Aurora Australis. The crew captures the aurora just before the … Read more >>