I love these shots from the space station.
As Discovery approached the International Space Station, Paolo Nespoli (ISS astronaut) took this pic. The shadow belongs to the ISS and that’s the coast of Peru below. Discovery docked on Saturday.
I just can’t resist this headline from Newswise about the upcoming romantic rendezvous between Stardust-NExT and Tempel 1.
The NASA spacecraft formerly known as Stardust will come within 124 miles of the comet Tempel 1 at 10:56pm CST on Valentine’s Day. Stardust rendezvoused with Comet Wild 2 back in 2006, then swung by Earth to chuck samples at us. Damn kids! Knock it off! And stay off my lawn! That was the world’s first successful sample return from a comet.
Then, Stardust, in petulant teen fashion, decided to take off. “God I hate this place! I hate my parents!” And being healthy as heck and full of vim and vigor and more importantly, fuel, took off for its second mission. This is how it earned the name Stardust-NExT (New Exploration of Tempel).
Pics of Comet Tempel 1 taken in 2005 and an artist’s interpretation of Tempel and Stardust’s date.
Dr Wernher von Braun and President Kennedy talk rockets at Cape Canaveral.
The Langley Aerodrome was built in 1903 by a group led by Samuel Langley. Not long after this pic was taken (Dec 8, 1903), the aerodrome fell into the Potomac River. Incredible… 1903!!
Thanks, NASA on The Commons!!
NASA’s Kepler spacecraft just discovered its first rocky planet—Kepler-10b (not the most imaginative name-hope the other planets don’t tease it). It’s 560 LY from us and the smallest planet ever discovered outside our solar system. The little feller is more than 20x closer to its star than Mercury is to the sun, with a daytime temperature of more than 2500 degrees fahrenheit.