Saturday, December 28, 2013


Image Credit: NASA
Astronaut Mike Hopkins takes a spacewalk on December 24, 2013 with astronaut Rick Mastracchio whose image shows up in Hopkin's helmet visor.  They were on the second of two very successful spacewalks to change out a degraded pump module on the exterior of the International Space Station.

Monday, November 18, 2013

MAVEN Lifts Off to Mars

Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
The MAVEN spacecraft launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Cape Canaveral, Florida at 1:28 pm EST today.  It's going to Mars to attempt to determine why Mar's atmosphere diminished to it's current state from what was believed to be its atmosphere of billions of years ago that was similar to Earth's current atmosphere.  The trip to Mars will take 10 months and MAVEN will go into orbit around Mars in September 2014.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

A Beautiful Launch and Docking to the International Space Station Last Week

Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
On November 7, 2013 Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin of Russia, Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of the USA and Koichi Wakata of Japan lift off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on their way to the International Space Station.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Lakes of Titan

Photo Credit: NASA
For those of you that haven't seen this amazing photo, this is not a photo of Earth, but is instead an enhanced image of the lakes in the northern hemisphere of Titan, one of Saturn's moons.  NASA reports that the data for the above image was taken by the Cassini Orbiter during a close flyby of Titan on September 12, 2013, and that the image is actually a false-color mosaic made from infrared data.  The hydrocarbon lakes are believed to be made of liquid ethane and methane.  Titan is the only other body in the solar system known to have a stable liquid weather system on its surface.  For more information about the above image and about the lakes on Titan see NASA's "Titan's Northern Lakes: Salt Flats?" and "Cassini Gets New Views of Titan's Land of Lakes."

Thursday, September 26, 2013

A Perfect Night Launch Up to the International Space Station!

Image Credit: NASA/Carla Cioffi
The Soyuz TMA-10M rocket launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan yesterday, September 25th at 4:58 pm EDT.  On board were Commander Oleg Kotov, Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins and Russian Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy.  

The photo below shows the Soyuz Spacecraft approaching the ISS for its docking which occurred at 10:45 EDT on September 25, 2013.  The video immediately below the photo shows the docking.

Image Credit: NASA

Monday, July 29, 2013

An Amazing Photo of Earth and the Moon from Saturn

The Earth is the brighter (blue) dot in the center-right portion of the photo.  The Moon can be seen as a faint
protrusion off of the Earth's right side.  Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech /Space Science Institute
NASA reports that the above photo was taken on July 19, 2013 from the Cassini Spacecraft which was 753,000 miles from Saturn and 898.414 million miles from Earth.  For more information about the Cassini probe, see NASA's Cassini site at and JPL's Cassini site can be seen at  Below is the accompanying close-up frame showing Earth and the Moon.

Close-up of Earth and the Moon from Saturn.  Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Up They Go to the International Space Station!

Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
A Soyuz rocket launches up to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan yesterday.  Aboard were Expedition 36/37 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian Federal Space Agency and Flight Engineers Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency and Karen Nyberg of NASA.

See the arrival of the Soyuz at the Space Station during orbital
sunset on the video below:

Video Credit: NASA (Posted 5/28/2013)

"Overview" - A Great Video about Viewing the Earth from Space

"Overview" is about the change in human perception of the Earth once it's seen directly from space by astronauts or seen indirectly by humanity in general from photographs & videos taken in space.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Video Showing What Would Happen to New York City if Hit by a Small Asteroid

The beginning of this video shows what would happen if a small asteroid, only a few hundred feet wide, were to explode over New York City.  The primary topic of the video is the asteroid that blew up over Siberia in 1908. The point being that a small asteroid can do tremendous damage to the area over which it blows up.

For more information on near earth objects see EarthDirectory's "The World Directory of Near Earth Object Organizations and Related Sites."

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Some Good Videos of the Meteor Arriving in Russia Yesterday

The following video has one of the best shots of the meteor coming in through the atmosphere over Russia:

The following video captures the sound of the explosion from the meteor: 

For information on near earth objects see EarthDirectory's "The World Directory of Near Earth Object Organizations and Related Sites." 

Editor's Update 2/17/2012:  NASA Scientists now believe that the meteor that exploded over Russian was approximately 55 feet wide, weighed approximately 10,000 tons and was travelling at approximately 40,000 mph.  They've rated the explosion at 500 kilotons, 30 times more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb. 

Saturday, February 9, 2013

NASA Video about Asteroid that's just Barely Missing the Earth on February 15th

Asteroid 2012 DA14 is coming very close to us on February 15th, but will definitely not hit the Earth.  The above video will explain all about it.  To learn more about near earth objects, check out EarthDirectory's directory of near earth object sites at