This is just one of eight terrific Mars exploration posters available for FREE DOWNLOAD from NASA. Which one is your favorite?
I’d be remiss in my space-celebrating duties if I did not mention Draplin Design Co.‘s wonderful Space Shuttle Poster. (I own the 4th edition — it’s gorgeous — and I’m dying to own the 9th edition. And the 10th edition, the original colorway.)
Your wall simply isn’t complete without one, and with so many colorways, why not order one today? (And while you’re at it, if you like thick lines and amazing design, you should pick up Draplin’s new book. I’m enjoying it immensely!)
It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years since we lost Columbia and her crew. I think people are affected most by the accidents they can remember personally, and for me, Columbia is that accident. My classroom was not watching Challenger’s launch, and I was sheltered from the news, so I don’t remember it as clearly as others do.
Ten years ago today, as I remember many others doing, I turned my personal websites black, in remembrance of the crew of STS-107. (Unlike many others, I left them that way for a month. Overkill? I don’t regret it.) I had a pin badge of the mission logo on my favorite pullover. And I faithfully wore my gray Return to Flight bracelet every day, until we did. Hard to believe that was a decade ago.
Godspeed, Rick D. Husband, William C. McCool, David Brown, Laurel Blair Salton Clark, Michael P. Anderson, Ilan Ramon, and Kalpana Chawla.
The Columbia STS-107 mission lifted off on January 16, 2003, for a 17-day science mission featuring numerous microgravity experiments. Upon reentering the atmosphere on February 1, 2003, the Columbia orbiter suffered a catastrophic failure due to a breach that occurred during launch when falling foam from the External Tank struck the Reinforced Carbon Carbon panels on the underside of the left wing. The orbiter and its seven crewmembers (Rick D. Husband, William C. McCool, David Brown, Laurel Blair Salton Clark, Michael P. Anderson, Ilan Ramon, and Kalpana Chawla) were lost approximately 15 minutes before Columbia was scheduled to touch down at Kennedy Space Center.
Today we remember space shuttle Challenger, and the crew of STS-51L. Godspeed, Francis R. Scobee, Michael J. Smith, Judith A. Resnik, Ellison S. Onizuka, Ronald E. McNair, Gregory B. Jarvis and Sharon Christa McAuliffe.
The NASA family lost seven of its own on the morning of Jan. 28, 1986, when a booster engine failed, causing the Shuttle Challenger to break apart just 73 seconds after launch.
In this photo from Jan. 9, 1986, the Challenger crew takes a break during countdown training at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Left to right are Teacher-in-Space payload specialist Sharon Christa McAuliffe; payload specialist Gregory Jarvis; and astronauts Judith A. Resnik, mission specialist; Francis R. (Dick) Scobee, mission commander; Ronald E. McNair, mission specialist; Mike J. Smith, pilot; and Ellison S. Onizuka, mission specialist.
I always think of this period of time, January 27 through February 1, as NASA’s “Remembrance Week”. Rather than consolidate events to one day, as NASA has done (reasonably so, I don’t fault them for it), I prefer to acknowledge each accident separately.
Godspeed, Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee.
Today we remember the Apollo 1 crew astronauts.
On Jan. 27, 1967, veteran astronaut Gus Grissom, first American spacewalker Ed White and rookie Roger Chaffee (left-to-right) were preparing for what was to be the first manned Apollo flight.
The astronauts were sitting atop the launch pad for a pre-launch test when a fire broke out in their Apollo capsule. The investigation into the fatal accident led to major design and engineering changes, making the Apollo spacecraft safer for the coming journeys to the moon.
— Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
I stumbled across this post of vintage Space Shuttle illustrations the other day. I have to say, I like the black version!