(11/1/2013) — PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. – Following arrival at Port Canaveral, Fla., the United Launch Alliance Atlas V first stage and Centaur upper stage that will boost the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, or TDRS-L, spacecraft into orbit is being transported to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Atlas Spaceflight Operations Center for checkout in preparation for launch. TDRS-L is the second of three next-generation satellites designed to ensure vital operational continuity for the NASA Space Network. It is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex 41 atop an Atlas V rocket in January 2014. The current Tracking and Data Relay Satellite system consists of eight in-orbit satellites distributed to provide near continuous information relay service to missions such as the Hubble Space Telescope and International Space Station. For more information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/content/tracking-and-data-relay-satellite-tdrs/ Photo credit: NASA/ Kim Shiflett
This is one of my favorite spots at the Cape! It’s got great public access for launches, plus the Air Force Space and Missile History Center and SpaceX LCC are just out of frame.
An interesting behind-the-scenes view of prelaunch vehicle processing.
"Comet ISON did not survive its close passage around the Sun. Nothing whatever seems to have emerged from perihelion. The comet’s head dwindled away to nothing, and then its massive dust and debris tail evaporated almost completely."
This was sad, I was hoping we’ll get to see it.
Happy Birthday Bill Nye!
One of our most prominent advocates for science education, Bill Nye, turns 58 today. It’s hard to believe it only ran for 5 years, but I remember watching “Bill Nye, the Science Guy” on PBS when I was growing up. I attribute the show and his never-ending enthusiasm as one of many factors that sparked my interest in science. I tip my hat to you, sir.
Let’s all wish this science educator, author, mechanical engineer, and much-loved TV personality a very happy birthday!
Give his website a visit while you’re at it. There you can find videos, blog posts, printable activities for parents or teachers, and even e-cards to send to your friends and family!
Good morning! Perspective - how big is our Moon?
And it’s about this far away (much farther than most people think):
The light from the moon is 1.28 seconds old. Of course, the question on everyone’s mind is Why didn’t Chris Hadfield put the moon over Canada?!
Combine this with a video about the true scale of the solar system.
Step one: Create Lego replica of yourself.
Step two: Attach said replica to a high-powered balloon which flies 90,000 feet above the surface. Let it fly.
Step three: Take pictures with an HD camera attached to the balloon.
Step four: Find balloon miles from its start point and send the story to the papers.
* — OK, OK, the Lego form of yourself
Joe, if you don’t send your Lego Joe Hanson to space and take pictures of it, I will be highly disappointed.
I want to see this happen within the month.
In this two-minute exposure, the Soyuz TMA-11M rocket heads from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan towards orbit with Expedition 38 Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin of Roscosmos, Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA and Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency onboard. The trio launched Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 (Nov. 6 in the U.S.), bound for a docking at the International Space Station about six hours later.