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Christmas Eve Open Thread

Earthrise. Taken by the crew of Apollo 8, Christmas Eve 1968

Ring of Fire

Epic, in the real sense of the word, video from NASA

Parting shots?

Yay, NASA!!!

NASA, Penn State give New Year’s gift of space images A large new collection of space photos taken at wavelengths that are invisible to the human eye and blocked by Earth’s atmosphere has been released as a New Year’s gift to the people of Earth by NASA and Penn State. The images were [...]

Look, up in the SoCal sky!!!

Can’t tell if the CA flag’s upside-down or not, but a few shots of Endeavour as it flew through our Valley location. Painfully obvious which camera’s mine (upon further inspection, not as painful, but still obvious who still owns a dumb-phone).

Update: Texacalirose wanted to show off her superior photo firepower. What [...]

That Just Happened…

The Space Shuttle lands in Houston to rub in celebrate the fact that the city that housed Mission Control for every shuttle flight gets nothing.

Great job, ya’ doofus. You can fly a 747 with a Space Shuttle on its back but you can’t get the flag right side up. AWESOME. /s

Speaking of [...]

Storms on the Sea of Tranquility

Instapundit links to this fascinating article from The Atlantic Monthly on the now forgotten opposition to the Apollo program during the 1960s.

Today, we recall the speech John F. Kennedy made 50 years ago as the beginning of a glorious and inexorable process in which the nation united behind the goal of a manned [...]

R.I.P. — Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon and a bona fide hero has died.

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died Saturday, weeks after heart surgery and days after his 82nd birthday on Aug. 5.

Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon [...]

They’re NASA and they know it…

So this is where they are spending all their money…wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, yeah.

But wait there’s more…

I got yer gold medal right here…

Dr. Sally Ride — R.I.P.

America’s first female astronaut — Dr. Sally Ride — died today after succumbing to pancreatic cancer.

“Sally lived her life to the fullest, with boundless energy, curiosity, intelligence, passion, commitment, and love. Her integrity was absolute; her spirit was immeasurable; her approach to life was fearless,” read a statement on the Sally Ride Science [...]