1. humanoidhistory:

    The Apollo 9 lunar module “Spider” seen from the command module on the fifth day of the Apollo 9 orbital mission, 7 March 1969.


  3. donotdestroy:

    The S-IC (pronounced “ess one see”) was the first stage of the American Saturn V rocket. The S-IC stage was built by the Boeing Company.

    (via from-the-earth-to-the-moon13)

  4. louijover:


    (via boomboxbby)

  5. humanoidhistory:

    One of America’s first astronauts was a rhesus monkey named Able, launched on a test flight in May 1959. Along with another simian spacefarer named Miss Baker, Able travelled over 16,000 km/h and withstood 38 g’s. Though he returned safely to Earth, Able passed away a month later during surgery to remove an infected electrode. As you can see here, she was preserved for posterity, currently on display at the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum.

    (via jump-suit)

  7. humanoidhistory:

    Astronaut and lunar lander, 1966, illustrated by John Polgreen.

    (Mondorama 2000)

  8. scienceisbeauty:

    Orion telescopes (wiki), difficult to be more creative.

    (Plenty of sources)


  9. To Boldly Go — How A British Business School Would Change NASA


    NASA’s biggest problem is well-known. It was the first international space operation to get a man on the moon. Its critics say it has not done enough since to maintain that supremacy and now it faces competition abroad from China and at home from the likes of Elon Musk’s space company Space X.

    Full article
  10. 8bitfuture:

    Photos: The shuttle Endeavour.

    I was lucky enough to get to see this in LA recently, where it’s on display at the California Science Center. The cargo bay doors were open while they installed a new payload inside.

    Read more space stories at 8 Bit Future.

  11. colchrishadfield:

    Astronauts love this.

    (via from-the-earth-to-the-moon13)

  12. lightthiscandle:

    3/1/62, New York: “The windows of this store at Broadway and Fulton Street are boarded up and plastered with welcome signs late 2/28 for the arrival of astronaut John H. Glenn, Jr. Glenn rides into the canyon of heroes 3/1 for the big town’s biggest accolade - a mammoth ticker tape parade.”

    (via from-the-earth-to-the-moon13)

  13. pennyfornasa:

    Comet Siding Spring Set To Flyby Mars In Once In A Lifetime Event

    In a once in a million years event, a comet is expected to buzz by Mars in a cosmic close encounter.

    Comet C/2013 A1, also known as Siding Spring, named after the observatory that first spotted the comet, was discovered last year by astronomer Robert McNaught. Comet Siding Spring will make its closest approach to Mars on Oct. 19 at 2:27 p.m. EDT when the comet will pass by Mars at a distance of only 87,000 miles, less than half the distance between Earth and the moon.

    “On Oct. 19, we’re going to observe an event that happens maybe once every million years,” director of NASA’s planetary science division, Jim Green, said in a press conference earlier this month. “This is an absolutely spectacular event.”

    [WATCH LIVE: Webcast Of Comet Siding Spring’s Flyby Of Mars]

    This will be the comet’s first trip through the inner solar system. The comet comes from the Oort Cloud, a distant region of our solar system composed of icy bodies thought to be remnants left over from the formation of our solar system. Comet Siding Spring will be the first Oort Cloud comet to be studied up-close by spacecraft, presenting a rare opportunity to uncover clues about the conditions that existed during the formation of our solar system.

    “This particular comet has never before entered the inner solar system, so it will provide a fresh source of clues to our solar system’s earliest days,” John Grunsfeld, astronaut and associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington said in a statement.

    Read more: http://www.penny4nasa.org/2014/10/18/comet-siding-spring-mars-flyby/

    (via sagansense)

  14. Last Launch: Discovery, Endeavor, Atlantis
    by Dan Winters

    (Source: 2shy-fromouterspace, via sagansense)

  15. spacewatching:

    A fish-eye lens view of astronauts Charles Conrad Jr. (on left), Apollo 12 commander, and Alan L. Bean, lunar module pilot, inside the Apollo Lunar Module Mission Simulator during simulator training at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). Apollo 12 will be the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) second lunar landing mission. The third Apollo 12 crewmember will be astronaut Richard F. Gordon Jr., command module pilot.