Archive for the 'Space' Category

STS-121 Launch Opportunity

Sunday, July 2nd, 2006

Today’s launch window for STS-121 and Space Shuttle Discovery is from 2:21 PM to 2:31 PM CDT.

STS-121 Launch Opportunity

Saturday, July 1st, 2006

Today’s launch window for STS-121 and Space Shuttle Discovery is from 2:43 PM to 2:53 PM CDT.

Aurora Australis, In Living Color

Friday, January 27th, 2006

On September 11 of last year, a massive solar flare ejected a stream of charged particles towards the Earth. NASA’s IMAGE satellite captured some amazing video of the Aurora Australis – the Southern Lights – when the stream of ions reached our upper atmosphere. This must have been awesome to witness from below.

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Mystery Object Orbits Earth

Wednesday, December 14th, 2005

Here’s the fascinating story of a strange oblong object in Earth orbit, and the research into its origin. It turns out the object is probably an Apollo-era booster that was put into the wrong orbit, and has actually shifted between orbiting the Earth and orbiting the Sun over the past three decades: Mystery Object Orbits [...]

MRO Launches!

Friday, August 12th, 2005

The Mars Reconaissance Orbiter, a spacecraft intended to study Mars in great detail from low orbit, launched today from the Kennedy Space Center.

Doohan to Join Roddenberry at Final Frontier

Thursday, July 21st, 2005

CNN is reporting that James Doohan’s ashes will be launched into orbit by Space Services Inc., a company here in the Houston area that specializes in “space memorials”. Doohan’s ashes (well, not all of them, just one gram) will join those of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, who died in 1991 and was launched into [...]

Launch Scrubbed

Wednesday, July 13th, 2005

Today’s shuttle launch was scrubbed because of a malfunctioning sensor on the External Tank. The earliest possible next launch attempt is Saturday.

Fingers Crossed

Wednesday, July 13th, 2005

Lots of fingers are crossed in Texas, Florida, Alabama, and around the nation today as we attempt, weather permitting, to get the shuttle back in the air and into orbit. In about three hours, if the storms around Kennedy Space Center have cleared off, and the weather is also good at the TAL site, we’ll [...]