During the wee hours of August 6, I was curled up on my sofa with CNN on my television and NASA TV on my iPad, waiting for Curiosity, the Mars rover, to land. More than eight months prior on November 26, 2011, I had the honor of participating in a NASA Tweetup (now NASA Social) to learn more about the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission then watch Curiosity launch atop a rocket.Read More
Ever look up into the dark sky and see a white light ease its way across the galaxy? Chances are, you just saw the International Space Station (ISS).
Humans first started occupying the ISS in 2000 and since then, it’s been visited by 202 individuals. During NASA Tweetup last April, Astronaut Leland Melvin (@Astro_Flow) who logged 565 hours in space with two spaces flights to the ISS compared being on it a Benetton commercial because of the international diversity. (Melvin is now NASA Associate Administrator for Education.)Read More
Totally Gnarly! Viewing Our Solar System in 3-D
Hop an asteroid, get up close to a satellite and see the ENTIRE Solar System move in real time or see it move in four days per second with NASA’s Eyes on the Solar System. It’s a pretty cool 3-D look at the universe compiled with real NASA mission data. The program, compatible on most operating systems (Windows and Mac OS X are okay but sorry Linux users, you’re out of luck right now), looks at 100 years in space from 1950 to 2050. Doug Ellison, Visualization Producer for Jet Propulsion Laboratory and founder of Unmannedspaceflight.com, introduced the website to participants of the Nov. 25 NASA Tweetup at Kennedy Space Center.Read More
More posts about the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) NASA Tweetup (Nov. 25 & 26, 2011) will follow soon but in the meantime, enjoy these snapshots. Additional photos can be found on my Flickr account.
Oh, and don’t ya just love this retro photo of me and my siblings at the Kennedy Space Center from 1981? Pretty awesome and yet, 30 years later, NASA still excites me, maybe even more.Read More