1. womeninspace:

    Jelena Serova, Aleksandr Samokutyayev and Barry Wilmore have started their last week on earth. the last weeks are filled with small ceremonies all soyuz crews perform, such as laying flowers at cosmonaut graves in the kremlin wall (5 sept.) and planting a tree at the cosmodrome (17 sept.). Jelena Serova will be the 4th Russian female to fly into space.

    Image Source: NASA2Explore

    (via astrowomyn)

  2. spaceexp:

    Monument to the Conquerors of Space.

    Source: ByteForByte

  4. sagansense:

    Created by Dave MacClean via the Centre of Geographic Studies in Nova Scotia, every indicator pin is color-coded pertaining to which astronaut took the photo (providing a link to the original image and tweet).

    Logging more than 650 pictures shared with the twitter world from astronauts aboard the International Space Station, the interactive map also provides the real-time location of the ISS.

    Keep in mind, you can track the ISS from wherever you are on this beautiful blue marble by inputting your place in space, or signing up to receive automatic updates for when/where to view the football field-sized space station pass overhead with NASA’s Spot The Station service!


    source article: io9

  5. pennyfornasa:

    "Houston, this is Apollo 10. You can tell the world we have arrived." - Apollo 10 Commander, Thomas P. Stafford

    Very few have had the opportunity to travel into space in their lifetime. Even fewer can say that they’ve done so as part of four separate missions.

    Thomas P. Stafford’s career as an astronaut spans nearly a decade, including involvement with the Gemini (Gemini 6A, Gemini 9A) Apollo (Apollo 10), and Apollo-Soyuz (ASTP) programs. However, perhaps Stafford’s greatest role during his career would be as Commander of the final, full-scale lunar landing dress rehearsal, Apollo 10.

    Launched two months prior to the liftoff of Apollo 11, Apollo 10’s function was one of great weight, and would prove decisive in safely putting astronauts on the lunar surface. As an F type mission, this particular Apollo flight was meant as a dress rehearsal for the Apollo 11 mission, testing each and every procedure for the Moon landing (including undocking the lunar module from the command module) without actually landing on the Moon itself. This included running a simulated decent to just 15km above the lunar surface.

    As the first spacecraft to carry a colour television camera, Apollo 10 was also the first to broadcast live colour TV transmissions of the lunar surface and of the Earth from afar. As a result of the footage attained, the crew was awarded a special Emmy award.

    Penny4NASA wishes Commander Thomas Stafford a very happy 84th birthday!

    To read more about Thomas Stafford:

    To read more about astronauts Thomas Stafford, Eugene Cernan, John Young, and the Apollo 10 mission: http://goo.gl/wQSOJH

    Take a look at Space Advocates’ video, the Spirit of Apollo, and consider what raising the NASA budget from less than half a penny up to one full penny on each federal dollar spent can and will do for our economy, for our society and for our future: http://goo.gl/kUDM7

    Celebrate Thomas Stafford’s 84th birthday by writing to Congress to let them know you support doubling funding for NASA: http://www.penny4nasa.org/take-action/

  6. spaceexp:

    Diagram of the Saturn V Rocket cut in half -

  7. humanoidhistory:

    September 17, 2009 — Japanese astronaut Naoko Yamaziki before a water survival training session in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. (NASA)

  8. astro-feminist:

    Saturn V - Kennedy Space Center

    (via thedemon-hauntedworld)

  9. humanoidhistory:

    September 15, 1966 — After a three-day, 44-orbit journey into space, Gemini 11 astronauts Pete Conrad and Dick Gordon splash down in the Atlantic where Navy frogmen assist them out of the spacecraft, in to a boat, up to a helicopter, and then on to much, much bigger boat. (NASA

  11. sagansense:


    Congress Doesn’t Have the Power to Make Asteroid Mining Legal

    Don’t read too much into that headline. We are in a very revolutionary transition regarding the way we approach activity in space, and the steps being taken, the conversations being had, are all the initial ones necessary to take longer strides as a spacefaring civilization. The ways of old are going to have to be rewritten. Universal collaboration amongst all nations is key. Regardless of artificial boundaries, we are one planet.

  12. explorationimages:

    The Lunar Orbiter: A Spacecraft to Advance Lunar Exploration (NASA/Boeing,1965)

    “The film describes the Lunar Orbiter’s mission to photograph landing areas on the Moon. The Orbiter will be launched from Cape Kennedy using an Atlas Agena booster rocket. Once it is boosted in a trajectory toward the Moon, the Orbiter will deploy two-way earth communication antennas and solar panels for electricity. Attitude control jets will position the solar panels toward the sun and a tracker for a fix on its navigational star. The Orbiter will be put in an off-center orbit around the Moon where it will circle from four to six days. Scientists on Earth will study the effects of the Moon’s gravitational field on the spacecraft, then the orbit will be lowered to 28 miles above the Moon’s surface. Engineers will control the Orbiter manually or by computer to activate two camera lenses. The cameras will capture pictures of 12,000 square miles of lunar surface in 25 and 400 square mile increments. Pictures will be sent back to Earth using solar power to transmit electrical signals. The signals will be received by antennas at Goldstone, CA, and in Australia and Spain. Incoming photographic data will be electronically converted and processed to produce large-scale photographic images. The mission will be directed from the Space Flight Operations Facility in Pasadena, CA by NASA and Boeing engineers. After the photographic mission, the Orbiter will continue to circle the Moon providing information about micrometeoroids and radiation in the vicinity.”
  13. from-the-earth-to-the-moon13:

    (14 Sept. 1966) —- The Agena Target Docking Vehicle is tethered to the Gemini-11 spacecraft during its 31st revolution of Earth. Area below is the Gulf of California and Baja California at La Paz. Taken with a J.A. Maurer 70mm camera, using Eastman Kodak, Ektachrome, MS (S.O. 368) color film. Photo credit: NASA

  15. humanoidhistory:

    September 14, 1966 — Gorgeous views of the Earth made from the orbiting Gemini 11 spacecraft. In the bottom image, you can see the 100-foot tether line connecting the Agena Target Vehicle to the Gemini 11 vehicle during its 32nd revolution. In the top image, that’s India and Ceylon (Sri Lanka) in the breathtakingly blue and vast Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea, and Bay of Bengal. In the center, you can see back home to Cape Kennedy at left center. (NASA)