Astrophysicist Katie Mack published a wonderful video titled “Disorientation” just over a year ago that combines cosmic images with her poem of the same name. https://youtu.be/2wT1-bRj9wI I found out about the video while watching another terrific video commemorating the Hubble Telescope’s 30 anniversary on the It’s Ok To Be Smart channel, titled “Fly Through a…… Continue reading Beautiful Cosmic Disorientation
NASA and Boeing launched the Starliner Commercial Crew space craft yesterday. One of the stages is BECO cutoff where the main booster detaches from the rocket, prior to the Centaur engine starting up, and pushing Starliner into orbit. There’s an awesome view of the rocket from the ground that shows this spectacular effect at BECO…… Continue reading Spectacular BECO cutoff during Starliner launch
First All Women Spacewalk At The ISS NASA streamed a milestone in Human spaceflight yesterday: an all women spacewalk at the International Space Station. Although it wasn’t exactly a thrilling ride (I’m pretty sure that when it comes to working in Earth orbit, “thrilling” isn’t what you want), it was still momentous in that both…… Continue reading Generational differences in our Space Age
This last week saw the official end of the Opportunity rover’s mission on Mars. NASA was unable to coax it back to life after signalling it for about eight months. This remarkable rover continued exploring Mars long after it’s original 90 day mission. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ll-VHYxWXU Drive along with the NASA’s Opportunity Mars rover and hear the…… Continue reading Thank you for the wonderful Opportunity to visit Mars
Those grainy Moon photos the public saw back in the early days of NASA’s Moon missions were a ruse! No, not that ruse. Humans really went to the Moon. The ruse is that NASA actually captured much higher resolution images, but didn’t disclose them publicly because they didn’t want the Soviets to know how good…… Continue reading Grainy Moon photos were a ruse!
Last week we learned that Voyager 2 had followed in its sibling’s metaphorical footsteps, and entered interstellar space. According to Ars Technica: On Monday, NASA announced that one of its longest-running experiments has started a new phase. Five years after Voyager 1 reached interstellar space, its sibling, Voyager 2, has joined it there. While the…… Continue reading Voyager 2 enters interstellar space and all I can think about are Klingons
NASA’s InSight probe has heard the sound of wind on Mars. Just think about that for a moment: the sound of wind on Mars! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yT50Q_Zbf3s Listen to Martian wind blow across NASA’s InSight lander. The spacecraft’s seismometer and air pressure sensor picked up vibrations from 10-15 mph (16-24 kph) winds as they blew across Mars’…… Continue reading The sound of wind on Mars
Vox has a terrific video that explains how the Apollo 11 mission worked, and how the astronauts that took part in the mission made their way to the Moon and back. https://youtu.be/OCjhCL2iqlQ If you’re into old footage of historical events like this, also be sure to check out the CBS coverage of the lunar landing…… Continue reading How Humans first walked on the Moon in Apollo 11