Category Archives: space stuff

April 9th, 1959: The Right Stuff, yo.

“Ladies and gentlemen, today we are introducing to you and to the world these seven men who have been selected to begin training for orbital space flight. These men, the nation’s Project Mercury astronauts, are here after a long and … Continue reading

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“Earthrise” at 45.

Christmas Eve, 1968: 45 years ago today, Apollo 8, carrying astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders, is the first manned spacecraft to orbit the Moon. While working with his companions inside the cramped capsule during their time in lunar orbit, Astronaut … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger Kirsten Beyer: “Rockets Big…Space Station Pretty…”

Okay, folks…now you’re in for a treat. After enduring my long-winded recounting of our trip to Houston and the Johnson Space Center, now you get to enjoy the more stylish recollections of someone who was able to bring an air … Continue reading

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More on that Houston trip!

In the event you’re not totally exhausted after reading my rather wordy treatise recounting our trip to Houston and the Johnson Space Center, friend and fellow word pusher David Mack has done us a great service by providing his own … Continue reading

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So, about that Houston trip….

Okay, okay. It’s time to spill all the gory details about our recently concluded adventure. WARNING: This is a long-assed post. Here’s your chance to take the emergency exit. Give me the “TLDR” bit and I will travel to your home … Continue reading

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“Godspeed the crew of Apollo 17.”

Forty years ago today, at 4:55PM Central Time, astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt lifted off from the lunar surface aboard the ascent stage of their landing craft, Challenger, bringing to a close humanity’s last manned expedition to the Moon. … Continue reading

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The Last Pictures: the time capsule to end all time capsules.

The world’s gonna end one day. You know that, right? Most likely…assuming we don’t do anything really stupid between now and then…it will come to a natural death as our sun expands and eats it as one last snack before … Continue reading

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“Where’s the kaboom?”

As Asteroid 2005 YU55 made its way through our neighborhood this evening, giving us a pretty close shave as it passed Earth with a cushion of “only” 207,000 miles or so, telescopes around the planet captured some pretty breathtaking views. … Continue reading

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50 years of manned space flight!

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the first manned space flight. On April 12, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Colonel Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin became the first human to leave the confines of Earth, when was launchd aboard Vostok 1 on a single … Continue reading

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A couple of space exploration milestones today….

Check this out: Two noteworthy achievements in space exploration, courtesy of our friends the Russians. March 1, 1966 – Venera 3, launched from the USSR on November 16, 1965, crashed into the surface of Venus, becoming the first spacecraft from … Continue reading

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