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The iPods rock the Space Shuttle, and single-bit soft errors

I found this article about an iPod that was spotted on the Space Shuttle… I wonder if the iPod is experiencing single-bit soft errors. In space, unless the electronic equipment such as computers (or iPods!) is “radiation hardened”, using techniques such as single…

This week on Space: STS-123 launches, Cassini meets Enceladus, new Google Sky

An interesting week on space-related activities… STS-123 The Space Shuttle STS-123 mission launched into its 16 day mission; and busy is the crew delivering pieces for the International Space Station (ISS). This is the the 25th shuttle mission to the ISS. It is…

Hoot Gibson at Benson Space Company

Just noticed that Hoot Gibson, the former astronaut who gave me my Silver Snoopy Award many years ago is now Chief Pilot at Benson Space Company, one of the new private space companies in the space race (space tourism). The photo below is…

A Brief History of Manned Space Flight Video

I found this neat short video titled

Johannes Kepler – first human being to truly understand the laws of planetary motion

Three days ago marked 436 years since the birth of Johannes Kepler. Born in Germany on December 27, 1571, Kepler was the first human being who was able to put together all the observations from others and himself, and truly see and understand,…

Best meteor shower of 2007

Mark your calendar… the Geminid meteor shower, the best meteor shower of 2007 peaks on Friday, December 14th. For more information see the Science@NASA article Asteroid Shower. ceo

NASA’s new cool website presence

NASA’s new redesigned website breaks off the traditional, old fashion (government looking) look and feel, with support for new AJAX’ish flashy behavior, a new MySpace tab, and cool graphics. Check it out. ceo

Watching the Earth-rise and set over the Moon

Wow, so gorgeous, check it out… Japan’s space agency (JAXA) has released two high definition videos of Earth-rise and Earth-set, as witnessed by its lunar explorer SELENE, which is now orbiting our largest natural satellite. See the videos (note, downloading is slow): “Earth-rise”…

The New Horizons Pluto-Kuiper Belt Mission

I’m not sure that many folks know about the New Horizons probe, which is in route to the Pluto-Kuiper Belt, in the outer solar system (this is beyond the orbit of planet Neptune). The New Horizons spacecraft was launched in January of 2006,…

Google Lunar X Prize

Google is funding the Lunar X Prize with $30 million, to encourage private teams to go to the moon, with $20 million to the first private enterprise to put a robot on the moon. Very nice Google! I love the space program, and…

Total Lunar Eclipse – August 28th

The moon was redish this morning… I saw it! Did you? Space.com has an article on this morning’s full lunar eclipse – it has been a while since I see one, and it was the first one for my daughter… See NASA’s page…

We have liftoff – Teacher in Space

I missed the launch of STS-118 yesterday due to business travel… But it is great to see the successful and historical launch of the STS-118 Space Shuttle Endeavour. We have liftoff! of the Space Shuttle Endeavour STS-118… The Vehicle Orbiter: OV-105 Endeavour at…

Galaxy Zoo – take part in a census of one million galaxies

What a cool project… Galaxy Zoo leverages the human collective intelligence to help classify thousands of images taken from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey: “Astronomers are inviting members of the public to help them make major new discoveries by taking part in a…

Successful launch of Atlantis STS-117 Mission to the Space Station

A great, successful launch of STS-117. Awesome. I'm glad. The first Shuttle launch of 2007. Mission STS-117, on board Atlantis, is the 21st Space Shuttle mission to the International Space Station… this one is taking 7 astronauts to the station. It has been…

January 2007 – remembering the crew of Apollo 1 and STS 51-L

A day like yesterday, 40 years ago on January 27, 1967, astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee died during the Apollo 1 ground test accident. A day like today, 21 years ago on January 28, 1986, astronauts Francis “Dick” Scobee, Michael…

NASA manned space exploration plans for the next 20 years

It is very exciting to see NASA (trying) to go back to its roots of space and human planetary exploration. See below NASA’s plans for the next 20 years – until 2016. And it is it is about returning to the Moon, and…

BLUE ORIGIN REVEALED

Cosmic Log has published a story titled Blue Origin Revealed, where you can read and learn about Blue Origin, which is Jeff Bezos aerospace company – see pictures and a short video of their successful maiden test flight of their Goddard rocket vertical-take-off-and-landing…

STS-116, so far so good

I have been so busy, that I totally missed the fact that the Shuttle STS-116 crew had launched last Saturday onboard Orbiter Discovery (OV-103); the first night launch in 4 years. Night launches are one of the most spectacular things to watch, and…

12 Astronauts in Space, Station is now Half Built

12 Astronauts in space at the same time… I think that is a new record, isn't? 6 astronauts in the Shuttle STS-115, 3 in the space station, and 3 in the Soyuz spacecraft… Lots of tense people on the ground monitoring 3 manned…

Anousheh Ansari – First Female Private Space Explorer

Anousheh Ansari is a serial entrepreneur and is Chairwoman to Prodea Systems of Plano Texas. She also is the first female private space explorer (tourist), who is flying under commercial agreement with the Russian Federal Space Agency. She is part of the International…

On the Space Station, STS-115, a rant and some memories

Today I watched NASA-TV's video stream – you should check it out, it is pretty awesome to see in real-time (or not) the men and women of STS-115 workingat an altitude of 200+ miles, while moving at 17,000+ miles/second. The STS-115 mission is…

Pluto not a planet, but a dwarf planet

By now you probably know that the International Astronomical Union came out with some guidelines for what is considered a planet. This effort to reclassify planets started when UB 313 (Xena) and its moon where discovered in 2003. I've mixed feelings about the…

37 Years Ago Today….

The date was July 20, 1969. The mission was Apollo 11. A day like today, 37 years ago, Neil Armstrong walked on the moon… Forgotten by many, the trio of Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin, together with thousands of other people…

STS-121 Discovery Blast Off!

STS-121 has cleared the launch-pad, and the mission has begun. A perfect blast-off, on a perfect Fourth of July – this is the first Space Shuttle launch on Independence Day, in the history of the program… If you like to follow the STS-121…

STS-121 Discovery web page and other info

Today's launch attempt was scrubbed (for the second time) due to weather – 3rd attempt will occur on July 4 – great day to have a launch! Update: We are a go for launch, today July 4th! If you like to follow the…

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