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Wonderful tribute to a Bowie classic. Have a safe trip home, Hadfield, Marshburn and Romanenko!
On Feb. 1, 2003, shuttle Columbia broke up during reentry over Texas. As we remember the STS-107 astronauts Rick Husband, Willie McCool, Michael Anderson, Kalpana Chawla, David Brown, Laurel Clark and Ilan Ramon, also celebrate their legacy and all astronauts who live and die pushing mankind’s frontiers into space.
Mission to Mars Could Mess With Your Brain: The high-energy particles that buzz around outside of our protective magnetosphere aren’t only a trigger for nasty cancers, they may also trigger certain brain defects, such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Just add it to the list of “reasons why humans don’t belong in space” — a list that will never stifle our urge to explore other worlds.
Launched Dec. 7, 1972, Apollo 17 was the last space mission to land astronauts on the moon.
50 40* years since we last set out to land on the moon.
today is a sad day.
*It’s a sad day, Trace, but it’s not THAT sad! ;) ~Ian
Astronaut, Cosmonaut to Spend Year in Space: NASA and its partners in the International Space Station are interested in learning more about how the human body fares during long-duration stays in space. Typically, crews spend four- to six months living aboard the station, which orbits about 250 miles above Earth.
Would you spend a year on the space station? Might need a good book… Read more
even astronauts can cast a ballot!
Two U.S. citizens may be hundreds of miles above the nearest polling booth, but they still cast their ballots.
Astronauts residing on the orbiting lab receive a digital version of their ballot, which is beamed up by Mission Control at the agency’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston. Filled-out ballots find their way back down to Earth along the same path.
This system was made possible by a 1997 bill passed by Texas legislators (nearly all NASA astronauts live in or around Houston). It was first used that same year by David Wolf, who happened to be aboard Russia’s Mir space station at the time.
After a three-day training program, passengers will leave Virgin’s terminal at the newly built Spaceport America, located near Las Cruces, NM, and climb aboard SpaceShipTwo, which they’ll find hanging beneath the twin-boomed White Knight carrier aircraft.
The six-passenger, two-pilot vehicle is based on the prize-winning SpaceShipOne prototype, which now hangs in the Smithsonian Institution’s Air & Space Museum.
Their fliers won’t go far — just 65 miles or so above the southern New Mexico launch site — and they won’t be gone long. The supersonic sprint beyond the atmosphere will last only a few minutes.
Virgin Galactic is betting that the ride, albeit short, is sweet enough to warrant its $200,000 fare. As of last week, 545 people had put down deposits or paid the full fee to find out for themselves.
They used a toothbrush to repair one of mankind’s most ambitious science projects ever.
Astronauts are boss.
In legend, the bright sun was a dazzling temptation for Icarus and so, too, it is for NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, who appears to touch our closest star in a photo snapped during a spacewalk this week.
Astronauts Williams and Hoshide spent six hours and 28 minutes working to remove a stuck bolt using improvised tools made from spare parts, including a toothbrush.
Way to go astronaut Don Pettit! Those are some kickin’ yo-yo skillz.
Science off the Sphere: Yo-Yos in Space
In this video, astronaut Don Pettit demonstrates yo-yo tricks in space. Yes, he’s on the International Space Station making time to vlog about yo-yos and science. Pettit: “Because I’m in space, and I can, I get to name these yo-yo tricks as I invent them. I call this one ‘Shoot the Planets! (at 2mins into the vid)’” He also offers relationship advice for yo-yo/physics loving folks. (via MentalFloss)
Sally K. Ride, the first American woman to orbit Earth, died Monday after a 17-month bout with pancreatic cancer. She was 61.
Selected as an astronaut in 1978, Ride blasted off with four male colleagues on June 18, 1983, on space shuttle Challenger, the seventh flight of the program.
“The whole nation was with her when she launched, lifting her up on a chorus of ‘Ride, Sally, Ride,’” recalled U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, who flew as a guest aboard the shuttle two years later.
Image: Sally Ride, mission specialist on STS-7, monitors control panels from the pilot’s chair on the Space Shuttle’s Flight Deck in 1983. NASA