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From 46BLYZ.com What’s A Solstice? For many of us, December 21, 2016, marks this year’s Winter Solstice. But for plenty of others, it’s also the Summer Solstice. How can this be? What is actually unique about today from an astronomical sense? What is a solstice anyhow? First, let’s be considerate of all people regardless of whether they live in the northern or southern hemisphere. Let’s refer to today’s event as the December solstice. We do this because while those of us that live in the northern hemisphere consider it to be Winter, our friends south of the equator are in the middle of [...]
Tue, Dec 20, 2016
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STS-41-D - The Penguin Patch
From 46BLYZ.com How An Imaginary Constellation Ended Up On An Official NASA Mission Patch There are some great stories behind the patches that NASA issues for each of its missions, and the latest one I have learned about is no exception. I picked the story up from former astronaut, Rhea Seddon, via her newsletter and blog. (Seddon was featured in this previous post about NASA’s first female astronauts.) STS-41-D Mission Patch – Source: NASA STS-41-D was Space Shuttle Discovery’s first mission. Flying that mission were: Commander Henry W. Hartsfield Jr., Michael L. Coats, Richard M. Mullane, Steven A. Hawley, Judy Resnik, and Charles [...]
Tue, Dec 13, 2016
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OSIRIS-REx Mission Logo - Source: NASA
From 46BLYZ.com Tomorrow, September 8, 2016, NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) is slated to launch from Cape Canaveral. It will take two years for the craft to reach its destination, the asteroid Bennu, where it will collect a sample and return it to Earth. The mission is a partnership between the University of Arizona, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and the Lockheed Martin Company. OSIRIS-REx Mission Logo – Source: NASA The OSIRIS-REx mission will send a spacecraft to 101955 Bennu (hereafter referred to simply as Bennu), a potentially Earth-impacting asteroid with an average diameter of 492 meters (1,614 [...]
Wed, Sep 07, 2016
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Gagarin's Vostok 3KA Capsule
From 46BLYZ.com Today marks the anniversary of one of the most historic moments in human history. It was on this day in 1961, that Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to take a journey into outer space. Aboard his Vostok spacecraft, not only did Gagarin become the first person in space, he also was the first to orbit the Earth — something NASA didn’t accomplish until its third manned Mercury mission, some nine months later. Yuri Gagarin - 1964 While strapped to the top of a Soviet Vostok-K rocket, Gagarin hummed and whistled “Lilies of the Valley”, cracked jokes, and found [...]
Tue, Apr 12, 2016
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SpaceX CRS-8 Mission Patch
From 46BLYZ.com Yesterday was a big day for Elon Musk and his space launch services company SpaceX. On April 9, 2016, SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral. The rocket was topped with the company’s Dragon capsule, filled with 7,000 pounds of supplies destined for the International Space Station. Included in the payload was the 3,100 pound Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), Bigelow Aerospace’s attempt to demonstrate its expandable space habitats. SpaceX CRS-8 Mission Patch – Source: SpaceX The highlight of the mission, designated CRS-8, was SpaceX’s first successful landing of its Falcon 9 rocket on a droneship (christened “Of Course [...]
Sun, Apr 10, 2016
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Ground telemetering helical antenna. 2/15/1951
From 46BLYZ.com Ground telemetering helical antenna, from 2/15/1951 – Source: NASA/JPL Wordless Wednesday: An occasional feature in which interesting images are showcased with nothing more than an image caption. These images often become the subject of future full-length posts. 46BLYZ [...]
Wed, Mar 30, 2016
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The International Space Station is featured in this 2010 image photographed by an STS-132 crew member on board the Space Shuttle Atlantis after the station and shuttle began their post-undocking relative separation.
From 46BLYZ.com The International Space Station is featured in this 2010 image photographed by an STS-132 crew member on board the Space Shuttle Atlantis after the station and shuttle began their post-undocking relative separation. – Source: NASA Have you ever wanted to visit the International Space Station? Without a whole lot of education, extreme determination, and a fair helping of luck, chances are you won’t be visiting it in-person anytime soon. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t take a virtual tour of humanity’s only off-planet home. With the multimedia below, get a feel for what life aboard the International Space Station is like. [...]
Mon, Mar 28, 2016
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Packing For Mars cover
From 46BLYZ.com Title: Packing For Mars Author: Mary Roach Printed Pages: 334 Publish Year: August 2nd 2010 (W. W. Norton & Company) Recommended For: People that want all of the dirty details about spaceflight that NASA tends not to advertise, those that enjoy Mary Roach’s humor and wit, and anyone who wants to find out just how ‘wrong’ some of that ‘Right Stuff’ was. First Lines: “To the rocket scientist, you are a problem. You are the most irritating piece of machinery he or she will ever have to deal with. You and your fluctuation metabolism, your puny memory, your frame that comes in a million [...]
Fri, Mar 25, 2016
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March Equinox graphic
From 46BLYZ.com Image Credit: NASA Today is the March Equinox. You’ve probably already heard it a few times today; people running around proclaiming with utmost exuberance how today is the first day of Spring. After the long winters that some of us endure, the arrival of Spring is welcome news. But what is really going on today? After all, where I live it still feels like the middle of Winter, but flowers were already blooming on a trip I took to California a couple of weeks ago1. If we based “The First Day of Spring” on climate patterns, regions across the globe [...]
Sun, Mar 20, 2016
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M2-F1 lifting body in tow
From 46BLYZ.com M2-F1 lifting body in tow – Credit: NASA Wordless Wednesday: An occasional feature in which interesting images are showcased with nothing more than an image caption. These images often become the subject of future full-length posts. 46BLYZ [...]
Wed, Mar 16, 2016
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