1. sagansense:

    For those of you who have been following the progress of the film I’m involved with, 'I want to be an Astronaut', you may already know about the major screening we have tomorrow at George Washington University to tip off this year’s Humans 2 Mars Summit hosted by ExploreMars.

    Wait…Humans 2 Mars? What’s that?

    From the globally-renowned science/space journal SpaceRef:

    Explore Mars is pleased to announce that the 2014 Humans to Mars (H2M) Summit will be taking place on April 22-24, 2014 at George Washington University (GW). 2014 H2M is being co-sponsored by the George Washington University and the Space Policy Institute at GW.

    2014 H2M will continue the discussion started at the 2013 H2M Summit to explore how humanity can land on Mars by the 2030’s. This event will feature discussions on new concepts of Mars architectures, updates on science missions and objectives, planetary protection, In Situ Resource Utilization, human factors, international cooperation, and a myriad of other topics. This event will also pay special attention to engaging the public. “The first day of the conference will be specially designed to engage students and the public,” said Explore Mars Executive Director, Chris Carberry. “We intend to fill the 1500 seat Lisner Auditorium with students, the general public, and space professionals and we will present many inspiring speakers.” 2014 H2M will feature some of the most prominent people in space exploration as well as policy experts, business leaders, media personalities, international representatives, academic leaders, and members of the entertainment community.

    2014 H2M will be a highly interactive conference. In addition to the onsite audience, we anticipate having over a thousand schools viewing H2M as well as tens of thousands of individuals from around the world viewing and participating online in the event. While H2M will be based in Washington, DC, our goal is to create a worldwide Mars exploration event.

    According to Scott Pace, Director of the Space Policy Institute, “The Human2Mars Summit has become a premier event for everyone involved in the exploration of Mars. We’re honored that Explore Mars will be returning to the George Washington University.”

    What is I want to be an Astronaut and why is it important?


    Read our mission statement HERE.


    After we had our ‘orbital premiere' in space (low earth orbit) aboard the ISS, we’ve been working toward private screenings whereby we could garner the attention of the men and women who directly influence space policy, NASA’s impact on our world, space exploration as a whole, and most importantly, this generation and generations to come.

    The goal: draw attention to the importance of STEAM education as it relates to our nation’s ability to remain on the cutting edge of science and technology - creating the jobs of the future - and the need for a vibrant space program to provide the context needed for young people to pursue these challenging and exciting career fields. We also point out where we might be headed if we fail to do so.

    We’ve gotten love from USA TODAY, CNN, others (view our press page), and now…

    "We’re on a trajectory to screen the film around the country, with discussions through multiple on and offline platforms whereby students, educators, legislators, and the overall voting public can participate in an open forum.

    To achieve this, we aim to partner and collaborate with like-minded organizations that share in our vision to educate the public, inspire young people, and engage in meaningful discussion about the future of the space program - along with the Earthly gains from these pursuits which improve our everyday lives.

    Not only do we want to stimulate conversation, but we love this film and are excited to share it with you! What we’ve created is an engaging, emotional, and practical means for the justification of a national focus on STEAM education and science literacy. Childhood dreams of becoming an astronaut are not simply a cherished past time; they embody the long-held, deep-rooted legacy of exploration from which those before us deemed it a global priority.

    The world continues to benefit from space exploration. However, American tax dollars and an increased NASA budget are not the only solutions. Audacious visions and political will are fueled by the voices and aspirations of the people for which NASA operates. Our goal with this film and the conversations that follow is to remind everyone what NASA means to the world, re-ignite those dreams again, and explore space together.”

    — Rich Evans (sagansense), PR/Social Outreach Coordinator, IWTBAA

    After the screening of the film, a panel discussion will follow involving our featured guests:


    Miles O’Brien is an independent American broadcast news journalist specializing in science, technology, and aerospace.


    Gregory Cecil is a Former Senior Aerocomposite Technician, United Space Alliance


    David J. Ruck, Director of IWTBAA, is a Michigan native that moved to the Washington, DC area to pursue a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) at American University in Film & Media Arts, which he received in 2014.


    Dr. James B Garvin served as NASA’s Chief Scientist from October 2004 - September 2005 and is known for his foundational work in NASA’s Mars explorational programs.

    @AstronautMovie, IWantToBeAnAstronaut, and astronautfilm

  2. humanoidhistory:

    On April 19, 2001, the Space Shuttle Endeavour blasts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida. On board are astronauts Kent V. Rominger, Jeffrey S. Ashby, John L. Phillips, Scott E. Parazynski, Umberto Guidoni, Yuri Lonchakov, and Chris Hadfield, who later became famous as a David Bowie impersonator. The mission (STS-100) to the International Space Station lasted 11 days, 21 hours, 31 minutes, 14 seconds. (NASA)

  3. thewoodlanders:

    Today’s Pathé News: Apollo 8 splashdown!

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

  5. humanoidhistory:

    April 17, 1970 in the South Pacific: After you recover the astronauts, you must retrieve the capsule. Here we see Navy frogmen from the USS Iwo Jima fasten cables to the Apollo 13 command module — and then the hoisting begins. (NASA)

    (Source: hq.nasa.gov, via from-the-earth-to-the-moon13)

  6. humanoidhistory:

    "Home Sweet Home - The Black & White Dimension" by Aisha Sooltangos of Mauritius, 18-years-old, prize winner in the 2nd International Humans in Space Art Competition. (NASA)

  7. quickfoundnet:

    1968 NASA Highlights: “Aeronautics and Space Report” X-15, XB-70, HL-10, Apollo, Pioneer: http://youtu.be/RQGaybnfryU #NASA #history #space

    (Source: youtube.com, via from-the-earth-to-the-moon13)

  8. To The Moon and Beyond: Russia’s Future Space Strategy Unveiled

    Russia has largely finalized its concept for future space exploration. Its key tasks are: to expand presence in low near-earth orbits, explore and colonize the Moon, and start developing Mars and other planets of the Solar System. The strategy was outlined by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin in an article in the Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper.

    According to him, the current priorities of the Russian space industry should be the establishment of a space services market and advancement in the exploration and development of the resources of deep space.

    A national project for deep space exploration could play an important part in this process, Rogozin said. The Russian Space Agency (Roskosmos), together with several ministries and in cooperation with the Russian Academy of Sciences and the state nuclear corporation Rosatom, have been instructed to draw up proposals on the viability of its implementation, he added.

    The Moon as a laboratory for studying the universe
    Rogozin continued: "Key areas of research and development under this national project will be the development of nuclear power units and plasma technologies for energy conversion, the development of biotechnologies, robotics and new materials."

    "In addition, work is getting under way to identify technical options for a manned spacecraft based on a super-heavy carrier rocket for missions to the Moon and later to Mars," he added. Research is also being done into "creating powerful interorbital (interplanetary) tugs, which are essential for developing the Moon and exploring the planets of the Solar System."

    Rogozin is convinced that the Moon is a key target for fundamental scientific research and the nearest source of extraterrestrial matter to Earth. Furthermore, it could become a platform for technological research and for testing new space systems.

    As a longer-term objective of lunar development, Rogozin suggested the establishment of a man-tended Moon and first interplanetary laboratory, which could house "the tools and systems for studying the universe, <…> lunar minerals, meteorites, as well as a test production of useful materials, gases, and water from regolith." The first cosmonaut landings on the Moon are planned by 2030, after which a man-tended lunar base will be deployed. The next stage of the plan envisages manned missions to asteroids and to Mars.

    Russia to establish itself in near-earth orbits
    Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev says Russian plans of deep space exploration are not at all science fiction. He believes they would require a system of “base camps” near the Moon and on the Moon itself, with in-built rescue capabilities both there and en route to the Earth.

    "I think, ultimately, we shall have a base flying around the Earth, as a starting point for other missions,” says Krikalev. “At the same time, we should not give up research in low orbits, where Russia should have a strategic base of its own. It will not only serve as a research station, but will also act as a launch and test base for preparing deep space missions, a workshop for assembling new spacecraft, servicing, adjusting satellites. Everything could be tested in a near-earth orbit and only then allowed to venture deeper into space.”

    Despite the government’s ambitious plans, there are quite a few weak spots in the Russian space industry. One of them is the domestic production of top-quality electronics and components, Rogozin pointed out.

    "In recent years, onboard relay systems of communications satellites have either been fully manufactured by foreign firms or have been assembled at Russian plants from foreign components. That is why the Federal Space Agency has authorized the Military-Industrial Commission to commission radiation-hardened electronics and components from domestic manufacturers," he added.

    Commenting on NASA’s decision to suspend cooperation with Russia, Rogozin said that these sanctions would help Russia to draw up a development strategy for manned space exploration independent from unreliable international partners.

    Source: RBTH

    Related: The Astronaut Film | AstronautFilm.Tumblr | IWantToBeAnAstronaut Facebook | @AstronautMovie

    And another very relative post.

  9. guardian:

    Nasa asks members of public to select spacesuit of the future

    Nasa has collected more than 200,000 votes from members of the public who are on a mission to help the space agency select the spacesuit of the future.

    Voting ends at midnight ET on Tuesday for the newest iteration of Nasa’s spacesuit. The competition pits three suits – “Biomimicry”, “Technology” and “Trends in Society” – against each other before the winner can be tested in Nasa’s facilities. Full story 

    (Source: theguardian.com)

  10. for-all-mankind:



    Commencing countdown, engines on.

  11. costsmorethanspace:

    What costs more than space exploration? Mistakes made by government unemployment benefit programs.

    As reported by the LA Times, the State of California is about $516 million poorer than it should be. A recent audit uncovered the fact that the state’s Employment Development Department had missed out on a chance to recoup hundreds of millions of dollars that had been overpaid to unemployment recipients, via a federal program. Admittedly, doing so would have required a $323,000 investment in software. A tidbit of relevant information, courtesy of the LA Times: “the state’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund became insolvent in January 2009.” Ouch! They go on to quote the audit, which notes that California “has borrowed about $10 billion to cover the deficit and paid hundreds of millions of dollars in interest on the money it has borrowed.” 

    Meanwhile, over on the other side of the country (almost the same line of latitude, in fact), the Commonwealth of Virginia recently invested some money in space exploration. Specifically, Virginia constructed a new launch pad, Pad 0A, and associated infrastructure at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, which is essentially the commercial portion of NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. The pad was built to attract and support the business of the Antares rocket, one of two American-built rockets currently capable of delivering cargo to the International Space Station. Even after a lawsuit, the total cost of the pad has been reported as $90 million. Interestingly enough, the cost of development of the Antares rocket itself—borne not by the Commonwealth of Virginia but instead by NASA and by Orbital Sciences Corporation, the company that built it, has been reported as $472 million; meaning that California’s unemployment oversight could have paid for about 90% of the total cost of a new rocket and a new launch pad to go with it.

    (Photos via the State of California and a NASA Flickr Account, used via creative commons license) 

  12. spaceexp:

    The Apollo Test Program

  13. spacewatching:

    Astronaut Shannon Lucid is seen egressing from a training version of a Soyuz spacecraft, during a water survival training session in Russia. In March of 1996, Lucid accompanied the STS-76 crew to the Russian space station, Mir, where she stayed for a little over four months before returning to Earth with the STS-79 crew.

    (via spaceexp)


  14. How astronauts get back to Earth (or, reasons not to be an astronaut)


    There’s nothing quite like floating in outer space, says astronaut Chris Hadfield. Until you look down at that giant blue orb housing your entire species and you’re left with the inevitable question: "How will I ever get home???" 


    This is how: By plummeting through the atmosphere squashed into a tiny capsule with a bunch of other people. The return trip starts in the Soyuz space capsule, which detaches from the space station and plummets toward the Earth’s atmosphere.


    That tiny capsule comes rocketing back to Earth with the force of a meteorite. Hadfield says it’s not the pee-your-pants-in-fear experience that you might imagine. “We weren’t screaming, we were laughing,” he says. “It was fun." (He had obviously never seen the landing gif below.)


    As the capsule gets closer to land, a parachute opens to slow it down, and shock absorbers kick in on impact.  


    Once the capsule has finally stopped rolling and catapulting and otherwise traumatizing everyone inside, a team on the ground “reaches in, drags you out and plunks you in a chair.”   


    That’s when Hadfield says he begins to fully appreciate what he’s done. He says, ”You have taken the dreams of that nine-year-old boy, which were impossible and dauntingly scary, and put them into practice.” 

    Thumbs up, Colonel. We’re impressed. Watch the full talk here »

    (Don’t miss Hadfield singing David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” at the end. It is THE BEST.)

  15. for-all-mankind:

    Pretty much sums me up.

    (Source: fy-perspectives)