1. humanoidhistory:

    The Space Shuttle Atlantis roars into space on August 2, 1991.

     
  2. smartereveryday:

    If you work anywhere near Huntsville and want to let other people know about our upcoming live event, feel free to print out these posters!  

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  4. humanoidhistory:

    Mercury astronaut Alan Shepard during prelaunch in his Freedom 7 spacecraft on May 5, 1961.

    (Smithsonian)

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  5. sagansense:

    That one time NASA Chief Administrator (and former astronaut) Charlie Bolden and I engaged in a discussion about space exploration, the importance of science literacy/STEM, communicating science, and persevering through adversity…

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    …amidst a crowd of 400+ at Washington DC’s National Academy of Sciences Building for a special screening of the film I’ve been handling all the PR/media outreach for, "I want to be an Astronaut, which became the first film to ever achieve an “orbital premiere” 230+ miles up aboard the International Space Station to an audience of 3: members of the Expedition 38/39 astronaut crew.

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    Filmmaker David Ruck and I have been collaborating with scientists, aerospace agencies, STEM institutions, space exploration non-profits, and among others, astronauts, in screening this film around the country toward a simple but profound goal:

    To tell the story of going…and remind everyone what NASA means to the world, reignite those dreams again, and explore space together.
    — David Ruck (Director) and Rich Evans (Public Relations)

    On the evening that this exchange between Charlie Bolden, the other panel members, and myself took place, it was July 16; a nostalgic time for celebration and reflection. This date marked the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the American Astronautical Society’s 60th Anniversary, and preceding the showing of our film, the AAS presented their Lifetime Achievement Award to NASA/JPL’s Edward Stone, who not only serves as Professor of Physics at Cal Tech, but remains the Lead Project Scientist for the Voyager spacecraft — humanity’s furthest robotic space exploring vessels.

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    You can indulge in some other memorable highlights from the evening with David Ruck’s introduction of the film, photo sets here and here, as well as my collective overview of the event, which includes a #spaceselfie of cosmic proportions…

    imagewebsite || trailer || clip || audience reactions || interview || charlie bolden

     
     
  6. humanoidhistory:

    A Rocket Trip to the Moon, 1970.

    (Dreams of Space)

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  7. humanoidhistory:

    On August 3, 1973, Skylab 3 astronaut Owen Garriott goes on a spacewalk outside the Skylab space station orbiting the Earth in the background. (NASA)

     
  8. spaceexp:

    1964 … “why satelllites stay in orbit”

    Source: x-ray delta one

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  9. scishow:

    2 Weird Experiments in Human Space Flight

    SciShow Space News reveals two weird experiments in human spaceflight: one showed us what it really feels like to walk on the moon, the other put ordinary people through space flight simulation to see how they did. Find out inside!

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  10. sagansense:

    tytnetwork:

    NASA cancelled their space shuttle program in 2011, but now Boeing and SpaceX have effectively moved space flight to the private sector. Get ready for the United States’ very own space race.

    So it begins….

     
  11. the-actual-universe:

    First Female Cosmonaut Arrives on Station as Part of Expedition 41/42

    The ISS saw the arrival of three new crew members this week. Russian cosmonauts Elena Serova and Alexander Samojutyaev, along with NASA astronaut Bruce Wilmore joined NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst, and Russian cosmonaut Maxim Suraev on station. 

    Serova is only the fourth female cosmonaut to fly inspace and one of only 18 females to be selected as cosmonauts since 1961. These numbers are in stark contrast to the United States, who has had over 40 women selected as astronauts, and even had two female commanders of the space station — Peggy Whitson (2007-2008) and Sunny Williams (2012). 

    Elena tried to make light of her historic mission, by saying she thought of this as just work, her job is space. However, she did recognize its significance and what it means for Russian women. 

    Elena is an accomplished engineer and even worked in Russian Mission Control prior to being selected for the cosmonaut corps in 2006. She is a graduate of the esteemed Moscow Aviation Institute and was selected as part of the Expedition 41/42 crew back in 2011.

    Serova is described as being the first female cosmonaut selected based on her skills and merits, and boy is she qualified. Hopefully, she will have a long history with the space program. 

    Despite being highly qualified, Elena had to suffer through countless questions at pre-launch briefings about what her hair and make-up regime would be on station. She was quick to fire back at reporters, asking them why don’t ask her male comrades what they were going to do with their hair. 

    Serova joins a small club of high-flying Russian women. This groups includes the first woman in space Valentina Tereshkova (1963); the first woman to perform a space walk, Sveltlana Savitskaya (1992, 1994); and the first woman to fly a long-duration mission and the only female cosmonaut to fly on shuttle, Yelena Kondakova (1994-1995).

    In November, Serova will be joined by another female astronaut, Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoferetti. Samantha is Europe’s third female astronaut behind Helen Sharman in 1991, and Claudie Haignere in 2001.

    Image & Source Credit: NASA/ESA/Roscosmos

    (Source: facebook.com)

     
  12. spaceexp:

    On August 23, 1966 Lunar Orbiter 1 took the first photograph of Earth as seen from the moon

     
  13. canadian-space-agency:

    Another beautiful Space Vine from NASA Astronaut Reid Wiseman aboard the ISS. September 23rd 2014.

    Credit: Reid Wiseman/NASA

    (Source: vine.co, via spaceplasma)

     
     
  14. humanoidhistory:

    Apollo 12 astronauts Pete Conrad (right) and Al Bean practice sampling in the Flight Crew Training building at Cape Canaveral, September 1969.

    (NASA)

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