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Posts tagged space

Apr 23 '14
pennyfornasa:

"Voyager cost each American less than a penny a year from launch to Neptune encounter. Missions to the planets are one of those things—and I mean this not just for the United States, but for the human species—that we do best." - Carl Sagan, Pale Blue DotVoyager 1 was launched to study the outer Solar System over 36 years ago, and is still operating to this day having travelled farther from Earth than any other man-made object. Last year Voyager 1 became the first spacecraft to enter interstellar space and continues to provide valuable scientific data that improves our understanding of the Cosmos.Today, funding for planetary science missions are facing budget cuts that could end missions like the Mars Exploration Rover, Opportunity, which has recently celebrated its 10th year on Mars. If you want to continue exploring our Solar System, then write Congress today and tell them to increase NASA’s budget.Take Action: http://bit.ly/-TakeAction

pennyfornasa:

"Voyager cost each American less than a penny a year from launch to Neptune encounter. Missions to the planets are one of those things—and I mean this not just for the United States, but for the human species—that we do best." - Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot

Voyager 1 was launched to study the outer Solar System over 36 years ago, and is still operating to this day having travelled farther from Earth than any other man-made object. Last year Voyager 1 became the first spacecraft to enter interstellar space and continues to provide valuable scientific data that improves our understanding of the Cosmos.

Today, funding for planetary science missions are facing budget cuts that could end missions like the Mars Exploration Rover, Opportunity, which has recently celebrated its 10th year on Mars. If you want to continue exploring our Solar System, then write Congress today and tell them to increase NASA’s budget.

Take Action: http://bit.ly/-TakeAction

Apr 22 '14
spaceexp:

A 1959 Ad for a Goodyear Inflatable Space Station

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A 1959 Ad for a Goodyear Inflatable Space Station

Apr 20 '14
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Stars @ Mojave National Preserve
Source: luke.me.up (flickr)

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Stars @ Mojave National Preserve

Source: luke.me.up (flickr)

Apr 20 '14
from-the-earth-to-the-moon13:

A Map of the Apollo Landing Sites on the Moon
Apollo 11- Sea of Tranquility
Apollo 12- Ocean of Storms
Apollo 14- Fra Mauro 
Apollo 15- Hadley-Appenine
Apollo 16- Descartes Mountains
Apollo 17- Taurus-Littrow

from-the-earth-to-the-moon13:

A Map of the Apollo Landing Sites on the Moon

Apollo 11- Sea of Tranquility

Apollo 12- Ocean of Storms

Apollo 14- Fra Mauro 

Apollo 15- Hadley-Appenine

Apollo 16- Descartes Mountains

Apollo 17- Taurus-Littrow

Apr 20 '14
spaceexp:

Milky Way, airglow and a couple of Magellanic clouds over the London Arch, Victoria, Australia
Source: _johan (reddit)

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Milky Way, airglow and a couple of Magellanic clouds over the London Arch, Victoria, Australia

Source: _johan (reddit)

Apr 19 '14
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Buzz Aldrin’s self-portrait during Gemini 12 with the Earth reflecting off his visor, 12 November 1966

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Buzz Aldrin’s self-portrait during Gemini 12 with the Earth reflecting off his visor, 12 November 1966

Apr 19 '14
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Mars
Source: paulogd2002

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Mars

Source: paulogd2002

Apr 19 '14
spaceexp:

Nuuk. Last night. Aurora Borealis & Milkyway.
Source: EightysixNuuk (flickr)

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Nuuk. Last night. Aurora Borealis & Milkyway.

Source: EightysixNuuk (flickr)

Apr 18 '14

mucholderthen:

Solar System, in Perspective
Artist’s concept from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
The original image from NASA Goddard Photo and Video has been put through the Tumblrzr ® — verticalized and sliced up.

SCALE BAR: astronomical units, and each set distance beyond 1 AU represents 10 times the previous distance.

One AU is the distance from the sun to the Earth, which is about 93 million miles or 150 million kilometers. Neptune, the most distant planet from the sun, is about 30 AU.

Informally, the term “solar system” is often used to mean the space out to the last planet.

Scientific consensus, however, says the solar system goes out to the Oort Cloud, the source of the comets that swing by our sun on long time scales. Beyond the outer edge of the Oort Cloud, the gravity of other stars begins to dominate that of the sun. The inner edge of the main part of the Oort Cloud could be as close as 1,000 AU from our sun. The outer edge is estimated to be around 100,000 AU.

Read more from NASA Goddard …

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Apr 17 '14
pennyfornasa:

44 years ago today, James Lovell, Fred Haise, and Jack Swigert made a successful splashdown in the Pacific Ocean, bringing an end to Apollo 13’s perilous journey. Considered a “successful failure” in that the intended objective of landing on the moon never transpired, the crew of Apollo 13 worked with NASA on improvisational procedures to return home after an oxygen tank exploded two days following liftoff.At a distance of approximately 200,000 miles from Earth, Jack Swigert was advised by Mission Control to stir the cryotanks associated to the onboard oxygen supply; a seemingly routine procedure. Two minutes later, the crew of Apollo 13 reported a “loud bang,” later determined to be the number-2 oxygen tank exploding. This explosion caused extreme damage to the Command Module’s power and oxygen capabilities, forcing the crew to power it down completely, and utilize the LEM — originally intended to land on the lunar surface, as a lifeboat. Engineered to transport Haise and Lovell to the Fra Mauro Highlands, the LEM now had to be retrofitted for it to be habitable for three men over four days. Due to a hardware flaw, Mission Control was imposed the task of developing a working procedure to quickly lower the carbon monoxide levels if the crew were to have any chance of survival. In what still stands as one of the finest displays of improvisation in NASA’s history, Lovell, Haise and Swigert were able to “fit a square peg into a round hole” by fabricating a device for the oxygen canisters from the Command Module to be used on the LEM. Now being able to breathe, Apollo 13 faced another huge problem; to develop a power-up procedure from scratch after the Command Module was completely powered off. With only a limited allocation of power due to the Command Module shutdown, the flight controllers identified alternative methods for Apollo 13 to begin re-entry.After a longer-than-usual radio blackout, the crew of Apollo 13 made a safe splashdown southeast of the Samoan Islands on April 17th, 1970. Lasting nearly six days, the entire world stood united as they awaited the fate of Apollo 13, and their journey has been inspirational for generations, resulting in Ron Howard’s exhilarant motion picture released in 1995.Fun fact: The phrase “Failure Is Not An Option” was not coined by Gene Kranz, as is widely believed. http://www.spaceacts.com/notanoption.htm

pennyfornasa:

44 years ago today, James Lovell, Fred Haise, and Jack Swigert made a successful splashdown in the Pacific Ocean, bringing an end to Apollo 13’s perilous journey. Considered a “successful failure” in that the intended objective of landing on the moon never transpired, the crew of Apollo 13 worked with NASA on improvisational procedures to return home after an oxygen tank exploded two days following liftoff.

At a distance of approximately 200,000 miles from Earth, Jack Swigert was advised by Mission Control to stir the cryotanks associated to the onboard oxygen supply; a seemingly routine procedure. Two minutes later, the crew of Apollo 13 reported a “loud bang,” later determined to be the number-2 oxygen tank exploding. This explosion caused extreme damage to the Command Module’s power and oxygen capabilities, forcing the crew to power it down completely, and utilize the LEM — originally intended to land on the lunar surface, as a lifeboat. 

Engineered to transport Haise and Lovell to the Fra Mauro Highlands, the LEM now had to be retrofitted for it to be habitable for three men over four days. Due to a hardware flaw, Mission Control was imposed the task of developing a working procedure to quickly lower the carbon monoxide levels if the crew were to have any chance of survival. In what still stands as one of the finest displays of improvisation in NASA’s history, Lovell, Haise and Swigert were able to “fit a square peg into a round hole” by fabricating a device for the oxygen canisters from the Command Module to be used on the LEM. 

Now being able to breathe, Apollo 13 faced another huge problem; to develop a power-up procedure from scratch after the Command Module was completely powered off. With only a limited allocation of power due to the Command Module shutdown, the flight controllers identified alternative methods for Apollo 13 to begin re-entry.

After a longer-than-usual radio blackout, the crew of Apollo 13 made a safe splashdown southeast of the Samoan Islands on April 17th, 1970. Lasting nearly six days, the entire world stood united as they awaited the fate of Apollo 13, and their journey has been inspirational for generations, resulting in Ron Howard’s exhilarant motion picture released in 1995.

Fun fact: The phrase “Failure Is Not An Option” was not coined by Gene Kranz, as is widely believed. 
http://www.spaceacts.com/notanoption.htm

Apr 17 '14
spaceexp:

Top of the Moon to you
Source: Armand9x (reddit)

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Top of the Moon to you

Source: Armand9x (reddit)

Apr 17 '14
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Rover took a selfie.

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Rover took a selfie.

Apr 16 '14
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Milky Way in KY, summer of 2013
Source: Drew Walborn (flickr)

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Milky Way in KY, summer of 2013

Source: Drew Walborn (flickr)

Apr 16 '14
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Startrails, Qld, Australia
Source: Matthew Post (flickr)

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Startrails, Qld, Australia

Source: Matthew Post (flickr)

Apr 16 '14
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Moonrise under the Milky Way at Grampians National Park Australia
Source: TraphicCone (reddit)

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Moonrise under the Milky Way at Grampians National Park Australia

Source: TraphicCone (reddit)