Category Archives: Space Exploration

Carie Lemack: A Dreamer-and a Doer-on Behalf of the New Space Age

Making room for space requires preparing students for the challenges of outer space. It requires outfitting classrooms with the resources necessary for a new space age. It requires honoring teachers with a curriculum that respects the talents of all students, whose dreams of exploring space are attainable, whose hopes of sending experiments into space are achievable, whose opportunities to learn more about space are easily accessible.

It requires an advocate, whose expertise is proof of what is possible, whose experience is a triumph against the seemingly impossible. It requires a woman of diminutive physical height to inspire men-and women-to aspire to reach the heights of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). It requires the leadership of Carie Lemack.

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Astronaut Chris Hadfield explains the Soyuz MS-11 launch

Canadian retired astronaut, engineer, and former Royal Canadian Air Force fighter pilot Chris Hadfield explains the Soyuz MS-11 launch which happened on December 3, 2018. It is great to listen to such an experienced astronaut explaining what happens during the launch, what astronauts feel, etc.

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Soyuz MS-11 Launch and Dock as seen from the ISS

On December 3, 2018, a Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, carrying NASA astronaut Anne McClain, Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko. It was the first manned launch since the Soyuz MS-10 spaceflight aborted shortly after launch on 11 October 2018 due to a failure of the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle boosters. Notes 1 It was the 100th orbital launch of 2018.

Soyuz MS-11 successfully docked to the ISS about six hours after the launch.

European Space Agency astronaut aboard the International Space Station, Alexander Gerst photographed the launch and the docking from the ISS and published these amazing photos on his Twitter account.

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Watch: Neil Armstrong’s Parents at I’ve Got a Secret

On September 17, 1962, Neil Armstrong’s parents, Stephen Koenig Armstrong and Viola Louise Engel Armstrong joined “I’ve Got a Secret”, a panel game show produced by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman for CBS television. They had a “secret” that their son just became an astronaut for NASA on that day, one of the nine newly chosen men for the future space missions.

Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong whispers the Host Garry Moore’s ears their secret: “Our Son became an astronaut today”.

A few minutes later, Moore asks an incredible question: “Now, how would you feel, Mrs. Armstrong, if it turned out – of course, nobody knows – but if it turns out that your son is the first man to land on the moon? What, how do, how would you feel?” He asks this nearly seven years before it actually happens on July 20, 1969! Neil’s mother’s reply is priceless, “Well, guess I’d just say god bless him and I wish him the best of all good luck.”

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InSight Mission Raw Images are available on the web

NASA’s InSight Mars Lander (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy, and Heat Transport – InSight) was launched on 5 May 2018 at 11:05 UTC aboard an Atlas V-401 rocket. It traveled 483 million kilometers (300 million miles) in almost six months and successfully landed at Elysium Planitia on Mars on 26 November 2018 at 19:52:59 UTC. Shortly after landing, it has sent back the first photo. Now, NASA publishes InSight Mission raw images on its website, you can see them any time you want on the mission’s multimedia webpage.

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Space Shuttle Endeavour over Cook Strait

An amazing photo which was taken from the International Space Station showing the Space Shuttle Endeavour over Cook Strait, New Zealand. It was taken on November 25, 2002, as the space shuttle approaches the International Space Station (ISS) during STS-113 rendezvous and docking operations.

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Watch: the longest continuous time-lapse from the ISS

To celebrate the 20th birthday of the International Space Station (ISS), the European Space Agency (ESA) published the longest continuous time-lapse video from the orbiting laboratory. In just under 15 minutes, this 4K HD video below takes us from Tunisia across Beijing and through Australia in two trips around the world. You can follow the ISS’s location using the map at the top right-hand-side of the screen alongside annotations on the photos themselves.

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Watch: a complete orbit around Earth from the ISS in Real Time

Videos which contain images of the Earth taken aboard the International Space Station are usually time-lapse Notes 1, but this amazing HD video below, titled “Orbit” shows a complete orbit around Earth from the ISS in real time. A breathtaking 92-minute and 39-second show of the beauty and majesty of our planet from 250 miles (400 km) above.

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Earth, a “Bright Evening Star” as seen from Mars

On January 31, 2014, about 80 minutes after sunset on its 529th Martian day (or sol), NASA’s Curiosity Rover has turned its camera back to home and took this amazing photo of Earth and Moon from a distance of around 99 million miles (160 million kilometers). In the image which has the serial number of PIA17936, Earth can be seen as the brightest point of light in the night sky, a little left of center and our moon is just below Earth.

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Watch: Amazing ISS Timelapse of Progress MS-10 launch

This is AMAZING! This wonderful 4K ultra-HD time-lapse video below shows the launch of the Progress MS-10 spacecraft (identified by NASA as Progress 71 or 71P) as seen by the International Space Station (ISS). The resupply mission departed from Baikonur Cosmodrome on November 16, 2018, to deliver fuel and other supplies to the ISS.

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