Mar 04 Reblogged
I just can’t get over the emotion evident on his face here.
To think that…when he visited Carl in his office at Cornell as an applicant and Carl reached back, grabbed one of his books, signed it, and handed it to him…that one day, all too soon, Carl would be gone. And that he, Neil, would be called upon to host a Cosmos reboot.
Oh, the feels, the feels, the sciencey feels!
I’m no NDT, but I can relate to his science feels. Lovely gif set.
Mar 02 Reblogged
Mike Massamino congratulates the cast and crew of “Gravity” on all of their award wins tonight.
Mar 02 Reblogged
R.I.P. Astronaut Dale A. Gardner, who passed away on February 19 in Colorado Springs at the age of 65.
Some facts about his amazing life and career:
- Gardner’s most famous for going on a very risky spacewalk with fellow astronaut Joseph P. Allen in order to retrieve two wayward satellites (Palapa B-2 and the Westar 6) that had slipped into “useless orbits.” On the first EVA, Allen successfully attached the shuttle’s mechanical arm to the Palapa, but an obstruction prevented them from pulling the satellite into the cargo bay. As Allen guided the 1,200-pound behemoth into the bay, inertia made it almost crash into the shuttle. Gardner jumped into prevent the potential disaster.
- While retrieving the 1,000-pound Westar, Gardner made a 35-foot spacewalk to connect it with the mechanical arm. Still, more manual labor was involved. Gardner said, “Move it very gently.” Allen’s reply: “Believe me, brother, there’s no other way to move it.”
- After the deed was done, Commander Gardner posed for an iconic photo holding a “For Sale” sign. Fairly cheeky by NASA standards.
- Gardner logged a total of 337 hours in space and made 225 orbits around the Earth on his two missions (STS-8 and STS-51-A).
- When he zoomed into space aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger on his second mission, it was November 8, 1984, his birthday. On the return trip, he piloted the Challenger to its first night landing.
- He was valedictorian of his 1966 class at Savanna Community High School in Savanna, Illinois.
- While serving in the Navy as a test pilot, he worked on the development of the F-14 Tomcat.
- From the Navy he was selected for the astronaut corps. When the Challenger disaster disrupted his chances for a third flight into space, Gardner returned to active duty in the Navy and later worked with Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado, where he lived out his days.
- As for Earth-based activities, Dale Gardner enjoyed snow skiing, tennis, golf, woodworking and photography.
Feb 27 Reblogged
At the young age of 3, Alyssa Carson began to work towards her dream of being an astronaut. Now twelve years old, she has already racked up an incredible resume, including:
1. Attending Space Camp 7 times
2. Attending Space Academy 3 times
3. First person to complete the NASA Passport Program, going to all 14 NASA Visitor Centers in the US.
4. Invited by NASA to be on the MER 10 panel in Washington DC to discuss the future missions to Mars in the 2030s on January 7, 2013, live on NASA TV.
5. Examined the last external tank left in existence from the Shuttle.
Alyssa hopes to be among the first humans on Mars. In addition to her own education and training, she works hard to inspire others to achieve their goals through classroom participation, talks, and special events.
The crowdfunding campaign aims to fund Alyssa’s upcoming travel expenses for the summer, where she’ll be touring around the world giving speeches, including some at TED events, where she’s been *invited* as a guest.
Alyssa’s dedication and passion are what we need to inspire in today’s and tomorrow’s children. STEM education is more important than ever to ensure humanity a bright and prosperous future.
Spread the word!
See more: http://www.astronaut.com/
Feb 23 Reblogged
Feb 23 Reblogged
(29-31 July 1990) — Eileen M. Collins, a USAF major and a candidate for a pilot astronaut’s position with NASA, listens to a briefing on parachute ejection. The classroom session was part of a three-day survival training course hosted by Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma. Photo credit: NASA