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Earth time lapse from ISS (early 2015)

Wanderers – a short film by Erik Wernquist

What a gorgeous short film. Thanks Erik. I believe human beings will accomplish all of this. Wanderers – a short film by Erik Wernquist from Erik Wernquist on Vimeo. Thanks Erik for letting us imagine and in our own ways live through this…

In Saturn’s Rings — Saturn Fly-By

Wow. Two great short videos of Saturn fly-bys; cannot wait for this movie “In Saturn’s Rings” to get completed (2014). (Make sure you watch these in HD and fullscreen.) Video 1: Video 2:

NASA’s Space Shuttle – From Top to Bottom (Infographic)

I found this pretty cool Infographic below about the Space Shuttle (via Space.com). I like to remember and share the special time I spent working in the Space Shuttle program. It was an awesome program, people, and manned-space transportation system. One of the…

Historic launch of SpaceX to the International Space Station (May 2012)

(Image source: NASA) Update #2 – The space race is on, and this time it is to be led by Entrepreneurs Wonderful to see the successful SpaceX mission — from launch, to docking, to return and splashdown! This is the future of nearby-space…

Launch of STS-135 Atlantis (final mission of the Space Shuttle)

Video of the last Space Shuttle launch (Atlantis , STS-135) as I saw it on July 8th, 2011… (thanks to James Daniels for the video editing/rotation effects) This is from 7 miles way. If you listen carefully, you can hear the double-boom as…

Looking back at the Space Shuttle Program

Related to this see Launch of STS-135 Atlantis (final mission of the Space Shuttle). Tomorrow I leave to the Cape Canaveral (Kennedy Space Center) to see the last launch of the Space Shuttle, STS-135. (I hope it doesn’t get delayed). I am very…

Last Space Shuttle night launch and the end of the USA manned space program in 2010

Space Shuttle Endeavor lists off from laucn pad 39A Yesterday Feb 8, 2010 was the last scheduled Space Shuttle night launch. STS-130 on board Endeavour. Night launches are spectacular. I should have made plans to go see that. My brother did. Next there…

Witnessing a supernova explosion from start to finish, including the black hole ending

For the first time ever, pictures of a massive star (50-100 times more massive than our own Sun) exploding and becoming a black hole (Science Daily). Supernova SN 2005gl: explosion from start to finish, including the black hole ending This is so impressive…

The sky is falling (over Alberta, Canada)

The search for the meteor impact site is on in Alberta, Canada. Dec 5 2008: Well, since Hulu TV removed the original video of the meteor, I had to replace it with a different meteor video below. But here is the link to…

Endeavour / STS-126 night launch

A beautiful night launch of the Shuttle Shuttle Endeavour and the STS-126 mission (PDF)… See the launch in High Definition, or in standard definition version on Spacevidcast.com‘s YouTube channel. In Endeavour’s payload bay, the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Leonardo is packed full of about…

Richard Garriot: Austinite, Game Designer, 2nd-Generation Space Traveler

Richard Garriot, a big name in Austin tech and gaming community, and gaming industry worldwide, founder of Origin Systems and other gaming companies, and creator of titles such as Ultima Online and many others, British citizen by birth, who is son of Owen…

Video of the successful SpaceX Falcon 1 Launch #4

Pretty awesome video of SpaceX Falcon 1 rocket Launch #4. As I understand it, SpaceX is the first private company (non-government involvement), to reach true orbital flight. Listen to the team cheering in the background as each major phase of the launch occurs……

The future of the USA space program is the private sector

During the 1990s when I used to work on the space program, the US lawmakers (president Reagan and Congress at that time) made the worst decision on the future of the space station: they canceled the USA-space station in favor of an international…

SXSW 2009 Interactive Panel Picker

Today is the last day to cast your vote for next year’s SXSW Interactive sessions… The mobile and wireless sessions are looking great. This year I am part of the advisory board for mobile and wireless, but sorry, I take no bribes… 🙂…

Final Space Shuttle Manifest – 10 more missions before fleet is decommissioned

NASA has published the remaining shuttle flights manifest. Ten more space shuttle missions before the fleet is decommissioned; that’s it: The manifest includes one flight to the Hubble Space Telescope, seven assembly flights to the International Space Station, and two station contingency flights,…

The C. Enrique Ortiz Phenomenon

What began as a colorful Internet fluke has blossomed into a full-fledged political movement – one that Republicans and Democrats alike are reluctantly having to acknowledge. See The C. Enrique Ortiz Phenomenon: 😉 ceo (P.S. Thanks to my brother Carlos)

Successful STS-124 Space Shuttle mission

What a great photo, isn’t it? Mission Specialist Karen Nyberg looking out the space station window… If I had $20MM to spare, I would be right up there, as a space tourist. Discovery and her crew landed safely earlier today… after a successful…

When We Left Earth

The Discovery Channel HD is showing a very cool series (Sundays 9 EST) called When We Left Earth – The NASA Missions; Part 1 ran today. Great images/video clips and historical information… The series is available on DVD and Blue Ray.

Beautiful, Perfect Launch of STS-124/Discovery

A beautiful and perfect Space Shuttle launch, in support of the International Space Station (ISS); STS-124/Discovery carrying Japan’s Kibo laboratory to the Station: After STS-124, there are 9 more missions to go to complete the ISS. See NASA’s Space Shuttle website. ceo

100 Explosions on the Moon

If you see a flashing light while looking at the moon, it might not be an optical illusion but an meteoroid impact; from 100 Explosions on the Moon (NASA): Over the past two and a half years, NASA astronomers have observed the Moon…

The Phoenix has Landed

The Phoenix Mars Lander has landed. Perfect landing. Congrats to the Phoenix Lander team… Phoenix touched down on the Red Planet at 4:53 p.m. Pacific Time (7:53 Eastern Time), May 25, 2008, in an arctic region called Vastitas Borealis, at 68 degrees north…

ATV Jules Verne, Europe’s automated ship docks to the ISS

Very neat… Europe’s ATV first automated docking. 3 April 2008 ESA PR 20-2008. ATV Jules Verne, the European Space Agency’s first resupply and reboost vehicle, has successfully performed a fully automated docking with the International Space Station (ISS). This docking marks the beginning…

Two cool videos of STS-123 Night Launch

I found two very cool videos (YouTube) of STS-123 night launch. Night launches are the coolest, with literally night becoming day. The two videos are from different point of views and distances of/from the launch pad. The cracking sound from the solid rocket…

Space Shuttle and Station Sighting Opportunities for March 2008

By coincidence today I saw the Space Shuttle and Station flying just over, at 12 o’clock. I immediately recognized then as potentially the Shuttle and Station; because of the inclination, they were as bright as I can remember seeing them, for a long…

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