February 7, 2008

February 7, 2008 - Space Shuttle Atlantis Scheduled to Launch

NASA Space Shuttle Mission STS-122, scheduled to launch today, will be journeying to the International Space Station to expand the station's utilization by international partners.

That utilization comes in the form of Columbus, a 23-by-15-feet research laboratory and the future center of the European Space Agency’s activities in space. It will be followed over the next two missions by components of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s module, called Kibo. But for now the focus is on Europe. In addition to the Columbus module itself, Atlantis will deliver experiments to be performed in orbit and two astronauts to perform them – one to visit and one to stay.

Additional Resources:

* Mission Overview
* Space Shuttle Atlantis
* Kennedy Space Center
* NASA Launch Schedule

Photo Source: NASA Mission STS-122

January 30, 2008

January 30, 2008 - Fifty Years of NASA

In 2008 the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is celebrating 50 years of

scientific and technological feats in air and space. NASA technology also has been adapted for many nonaerospace uses by the private sector. NASA remains a leading force in scientific research and in stimulating public interest in aerospace exploration, as well as science and technology in general. Perhaps more importantly, our exploration of space has taught us to view Earth, ourselves, and the universe in a new way.

NASA has scheduled events throughout the United States. Check out their 50th Anniversary Site for more information. The agency has also developed an extensive History of NASA site that details the key historical events of the past half century in space.

Image Source: NASA 50th Anniversary Site

October 7, 2007

October 7, 2007 - Out of this World

With all the recent rainy, cloudy nights, have you been missing the starry skies? If so check out the Astronomy Picture of the Day from NASA. From page: "Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer."

This photo is from May 17th and shows the Milky Way.


October 4, 2007

October 4, 2007 - 50th Anniversary of Sputnik

The October 4, 1957 launch of Sputnik I by the Soviet Union ushered the world into the space age, and forever changed U.S. - U.S.S.R. relations.

"The Sputnik launch changed everything. As a technical achievement, Sputnik caught the world's attention and the American public off-guard. Its size was more impressive than Vanguard's intended 3.5-pound payload. In addition, the public feared that the Soviets' ability to launch satellites also translated into the capability to launch ballistic missiles that could carry nuclear weapons from Europe to the U.S. Then the Soviets struck again; on November 3, Sputnik II was launched, carrying a much heavier payload, including a dog named Laika."

The next year Congress passed the National Aeronautics and Space Act (commonly called the "Space Act"), which created National Aeronautics and Space Administration and gave the United States a boost in the race for space.

NASA - History of Sputnik

Photo Source: NASA