It was a gorgeous launch from Merritt Island….such a clear, beautiful day.
MECO-1 coming up shortly. My hatred for Tampa increases infinitely when I can’t see a launch on a perfectly clear day. I think I’ll move back home to Merritt Island, where I belong.
50 years today since the launch of Gordon Cooper, the last flight of the Mercury Program [May 15, 1963]
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Gordo’s launch, here are my photos of Faith 7 taken at JSC. the top was a flash accident, but I thought it was kinda cool.
Top: Space Shuttle Atlantis docked with Mir on 4 July 1995. Cosmonauts Anatoliy Y. Solovyev and Nikolai M. Budarin, who had arrive onboard Atlantis five days earlier, took Soyuz TM-21 for a fly-around photo survey prior to Atlantis undocking for her return to Earth. This was the first time a shuttle had docked with Mir.
Bottom: Two shots of the Space Shuttle Endeavour docked with the ISS, as photographed by the departing Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft on 23 May 2011, during the STS-134 mission. (There are a lot more from this fly-around here)
I think I just did a double take….I love space architecture so. freaking. much.
NASA invites you to send a haiku to Mars.
NASA is inviting members of the public to submit their names and a personal message online for a DVD to be carried aboard a spacecraft that will study the Martian upper atmosphere.
The DVD will be in NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft, which is scheduled for launch in November. The DVD is part of the mission’s Going to Mars Campaign coordinated at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics.
The DVD will carry every name submitted. The public also is encouraged to submit a message in the form of a three-line poem, or haiku. However, only three haikus will be selected. The deadline for all submissions is July 1. An online public vote to determine the top three messages to be placed on the DVD will begin July 15.
Submit your entry here.
Happy 88th birthday to Scott Carpenter, a member of the “Mercury 7,” America’s first group of astronauts.