It’s time for LANDINGSPAM. All STS-127, ALL POST. (Landing occurred this morning, by the by.)
Archives for July 2009
Yesterday my good friend Etherbrian was at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center; upon my expressing mild envy at his location, he sent me this picture of coffee mugs bearing my name. I was so delighted that I (literally) leapt from my chair, grabbed my camera and ran to the kitchen to photograph *my* mug, circa 1994:
*sniff* This was my very, very first coffee mug. I bought it while there for Space Academy Level II, just before my junior year of high school. Which I suppose gives you a fair ballpark estimate of my age, oh well. That was a memorable eight days, and I’ve always treasured my mug. (The new ones are pretty too!)
The crew of STS-127 has been busily installing Kibo, the Japanese module of the ISS, as seen above and below:
This image shows the Japanese Experiment Module – Exposed Facility as it looks from inside Kibo. The Japanese Experiment Module, or JEM, called Kibo — which means “hope” in Japanese — is Japan’s first human space facility and enhances the unique research capabilities of the International Space Station. Experiments in Kibo focus on space medicine, biology, Earth observations, material production, biotechnology and communications research. Kibo experiments and systems are operated from the Mission Control Room at the Space Station Operations Facility, or SSOF, at Tsukuba Space Center in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, just north of Tokyo.
40 years ago today, this happened. [points up] Which led to exciting times for the astronauts… [points down]
Well, the point was, not only did we land on the moon in 1969, the astronauts lived to tell about it, and in fact came back here:
…which really, is quite remarkable.
I’ve always liked Google’s logo designs for special events, and for the 40th on Monday, they had this up, which I find admirably subtle:
And now for something completely NOT Apollo 11: an Eskimo
Pie Sky (Object). Pretty cool, really. ICY cool. Chill. (I’ll stop now.)
In 1787, astronomer William Herschel discovered the Eskimo Nebula. From the ground, NGC 2392 resembles a person’s head surrounded by a parka hood. In 2000, the Hubble Space Telescope imaged the Eskimo Nebula. From space, the nebula displays gas clouds so complex they are not fully understood. The Eskimo Nebula is clearly a planetary nebula, and the gas seen above composed the outer layers of a Sun-like star only 10,000 years ago. The inner filaments visible above are being ejected by strong wind of particles from the central star. The outer disk contains unusual light-year long orange filaments. The Eskimo Nebula spans about 1/3 of a light year and lies in our Milky Way Galaxy, about 3,000 light years distant, toward the constellation of the Twins (Gemini).