When I went to the STS-133 NASATweetup this fall, I had some MOO MiniCards made to take with me, with my blog URL, Twitter and phone number. (Tweeps, very few of you saw these because I promptly forgot all about them until, oh, Friday. I and they will be back for Tweetup 2.0 in February, and I promise I’ll actually hand them out this time!!) Since at this point I’m known for being a little picture-happy, I made up 50 different back images to go on the cards — hey! I showed RESTRAINT! You can pick up to 100!! — and this is my favorite one. (I have it propped up on my desk with my foam astronaut, and Pathfinder and VentureStar toys.)
I picked this for the last day of 2010 because it’s spectacularly composed and framed. And although I have many, many Shuttle and Saturn V launch photo favorites, I think this is the neatest launch photo I’ve ever seen. The End.
NASA’s Lunar Prospector spacecraft launched successfully on its way to the Moon from Launch Complex 46 (LC46) at Cape Canaveral Air Station on Jan. 6 at 9:38 p.m. EST. It was the inaugural launch of Lockheed Martin’s Athena II launch vehicle and the first launch from LC46, operated by Spaceport Florida Authority. Lunar Prospector, built for the NASA Ames Research Center by Lockheed Martin, is a spin-stabilized spacecraft designed to provide NASA with the first global maps of the Moon’s surface and its gravitational magnetic fields, as well as look for the possible presence of ice near the lunar poles. It will orbit the Moon at an altitude of approximately 63 miles during a one-year mission.
Have a Happy New Year and stay safe tonight!