SpaceX’s Falcon 9 v1.1 before launch, December 2013. It was the first Geostationary Transfer mission, and carries the SES-8 satellite. Launch was originally scheduled for Thanksgiving, but was postponed until December 3 due to technical malfunctions.
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These are photos my pilot Dad took flying across the country circa 1995. Yesterday, we celebrated my Dad’s 50th birthday. I’ve admired him my entire life and adored his passion for aviation. My Dad grew up in a trailer, as a child of six. They were poor. When he was young, he already knew he wanted to fly. His mother told him to have a back-up plan because it was an unrealistic dream since not many people could accomplish becoming a pilot and it was a tough career to get into. No one in his family fully believed it would happen, but my Dad thought “Screw a back-up plan…I’m going to be a pilot.” At times, my Dad was working three jobs and going to school, busting his ass. He went to work for Delta after college, loading luggage. He put in a leave of absence to go into the military, and hopefully get flight school. He went into the Coast Guard and was in for 8 and a half years active duty and 3 years in the reserves. When he first went in, he busted his ass to get flight school until he did. He flew C130s in the Coast Guard…through hurricanes and such. Then he to work flying for Capital Cargo and later returned to Delta as a commercial airline pilot and has been flying for them for the last 14 years. He struggled in many ways through all of it and somehow managed to sweep my mom off her feet, marry her, and have five kids through it all. He fulfilled his dreams despite doubtful family members, the difficulties of life, and financial hardships. I am so proud of him and I am so proud to have a pilot Dad who has taught me so much about life, dedication, perseverance, and love. Every time I travel with him, I feel so much joy knowing he is flying the plane i’m sitting on…and that one day I will be a pilot just like him. So, here’s to my Dad, one of the many pilots in this world….and the most special pilot that will ever be in my life. I love you, Dad!
Frances’s first satellite, Asterix 1, launched on November 16, 1965 from Hammaguir, Algeria. Launched on a Diamant A rocket, the successful launch turned France into the world’s third domestic space power.
Free paper model!
European Space Agency’s three-satellite Swarm constellation was lofted into a near-polar orbit by a Russian Rockot launcher a couple of days ago (22 November). For four years, it will monitor Earth’s magnetic field, from the depth of our planet’s core to the heights of its upper atmosphere.
“Swarm is about to fill a gap in our view of the Earth system and in our monitoring of global change issues,” noted Volker Liebig, ESA’s director for Earth observation.
“It will help us to better understand the field that protects us from the particles and radiation coming from the Sun.”
After a successful launch, let’s get the science started!
This image was taken by Messenger spacecraft around 183 million kilometers (114 million miles) away from Earth. Our home planet and Moon seem so close that they look somewhat like a binary star.
Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington. 2011. Full description here.
Apollo 12 forever
I want to go to space with my BFFs!!!!
Me too! i wanna have girls night in space and have slumber parties n shit
10 Dec 1964: Jim, Beano and Frank at China Lake, CA, watching Gemini ejector seat testing.