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EXPLORING SPACE - FOR ALL MANKIND
-----------------------------------------This blog is to proliferate space travel and exploration to people the world over, in an attempt to inspire a sense of awe and wonder into mankind's greatest accomplishment - the exploration of the stars.---Currently at NASA HQ in Washington DC. I write the NASA History Facebook and Twitter posts.
----------------------Passionate about spaceflight since the age of two, I live and breath rockets, NASA, and anything space. I also enjoy Florida History and World's Fairs. I'm an avid explorer, and I'll occasionally post images from my travels.--------------
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Reblogged from letsdolaunch  91 notes
weareplanetarycollective:

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These are two Vela satellites in pre-launch processing. Part of the Vela Hotel project, the satellites monitored the Earth for the telltale signs of an atomic blast. Designed to monitor global compliance with the atomic testing ban treaty of 1963, the satellites of Vela Hotel found something peculiar - numerous gamma ray emissions coming from what appeared to be the Earth.As time went on and more bursts were detected, it was discovered that the gamma ray emissions were coming from far reaches of the cosmos, not the Earth or the solar system. These were the first detections of the most violent events in the universe - Gamma Ray Bursts.

weareplanetarycollective:

{satellite}

These are two Vela satellites in pre-launch processing. Part of the Vela Hotel project, the satellites monitored the Earth for the telltale signs of an atomic blast. Designed to monitor global compliance with the atomic testing ban treaty of 1963, the satellites of Vela Hotel found something peculiar - numerous gamma ray emissions coming from what appeared to be the Earth.

As time went on and more bursts were detected, it was discovered that the gamma ray emissions were coming from far reaches of the cosmos, not the Earth or the solar system. These were the first detections of the most violent events in the universe - Gamma Ray Bursts.

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pennyfornasa:

NASA Completes LADEE Mission In Spectacular Fashion By Crashing It Into The Moon
Ground controllers confirmed that NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft impacted the surface on the far side of the moon late Thursday evening as planned.
LADEE lacked the fuel to continue operations and was intentionally crashed into the lunar surface. “At the time of impact, LADEE was traveling at a speed of 3,600 miles per hour – about three times the speed of a high-powered rifle bullet,” said LADEE project scientist Rick Elphic.
Read more here: http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014/april/nasa-completes-ladee-mission-with-planned-impact-on-moons-surface/#.U1LvoqZLtFs

Farewell, LADEE. You were one of my favorite missions to follow; your birth unto the heavens was a launch I’ll never forget for the rest of my days. With you were the collective hopes and dreams of countless people, those who yearned to go with you on your Lunar voyage, who wanted to break the bonds of Earth and soar above all creation. With you, also, the drive and determination of those hopeful and daring to one day follow in your footsteps.
The night the world’s eyes were turned to you mine were first opened to the vastness of the cosmos, something which I never saw before and have never seen since. I felt your launch in my bones, not because I was close enough to your flaming Minotaur, but because you resonated something inside me which as kept me alive to this day - you reminded me who I was.With that, dear LADEE, I thank you for an excellent mission, and hope that, one day, many years in the future, humans will find your remains on the lunar surface and cherish you, just as I do.To see my recollection of the LADEE launch in September, 2013, check out my post here. I was about a two miles from the launch pad at Wallops Island, Virginia.

pennyfornasa:

NASA Completes LADEE Mission In Spectacular Fashion By Crashing It Into The Moon

Ground controllers confirmed that NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft impacted the surface on the far side of the moon late Thursday evening as planned.

LADEE lacked the fuel to continue operations and was intentionally crashed into the lunar surface. “At the time of impact, LADEE was traveling at a speed of 3,600 miles per hour – about three times the speed of a high-powered rifle bullet,” said LADEE project scientist Rick Elphic.

Read more here: http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014/april/nasa-completes-ladee-mission-with-planned-impact-on-moons-surface/#.U1LvoqZLtFs

Farewell, LADEE. You were one of my favorite missions to follow; your birth unto the heavens was a launch I’ll never forget for the rest of my days. With you were the collective hopes and dreams of countless people, those who yearned to go with you on your Lunar voyage, who wanted to break the bonds of Earth and soar above all creation. With you, also, the drive and determination of those hopeful and daring to one day follow in your footsteps.

The night the world’s eyes were turned to you mine were first opened to the vastness of the cosmos, something which I never saw before and have never seen since. I felt your launch in my bones, not because I was close enough to your flaming Minotaur, but because you resonated something inside me which as kept me alive to this day - you reminded me who I was.

With that, dear LADEE, I thank you for an excellent mission, and hope that, one day, many years in the future, humans will find your remains on the lunar surface and cherish you, just as I do.

To see my recollection of the LADEE launch in September, 2013, check out my post here. I was about a two miles from the launch pad at Wallops Island, Virginia.

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for-all-mankind:

oldflorida:

The Pan American terminal in Miami.
(via Jassy-50 on Flickr).

This….this needs to exist still. It’s be wonderful.(Actually, I believe that globe is in HistoryMiami; I thought I remembered seeing it when I lived on that side of the state for School.) 

It’s funny to see that I reblogged this postcard so long ago, because last week at the Floridiana Bazaar, I bought this exact postcard. Upon doing more research, that globe is indeed located in a museum, though it’s the Miami Science Museum.
As was common back in the day, postcards would be painted from real-life photos that were taken, and the original image for the above postcard is below.

As one of the terminal’s defining features, the globe was promoted heavily by the airline, and came to be one of the lasting symbols of the company. As seen in this pamphlet, the globe was oriented to the north star so that, when Miami reached the top on its two-minute rotation, the observer could orient himself with the rest of the world.

As stated, the globe is located in lobby of the Miami Science Museum, having been moved there in 1960.
I’ll make a post soon about the Pan Am terminal building in which the globe was housed. Pretty cool little history for a cool post card, don’t you think?

for-all-mankind:

oldflorida:

The Pan American terminal in Miami.

(via Jassy-50 on Flickr).

This….this needs to exist still. It’s be wonderful.
(Actually, I believe that globe is in HistoryMiami; I thought I remembered seeing it when I lived on that side of the state for School.) 

It’s funny to see that I reblogged this postcard so long ago, because last week at the Floridiana Bazaar, I bought this exact postcard. Upon doing more research, that globe is indeed located in a museum, though it’s the Miami Science Museum.


As was common back in the day, postcards would be painted from real-life photos that were taken, and the original image for the above postcard is below.

As one of the terminal’s defining features, the globe was promoted heavily by the airline, and came to be one of the lasting symbols of the company. As seen in this pamphlet, the globe was oriented to the north star so that, when Miami reached the top on its two-minute rotation, the observer could orient himself with the rest of the world.

As stated, the globe is located in lobby of the Miami Science Museum, having been moved there in 1960.

I’ll make a post soon about the Pan Am terminal building in which the globe was housed. Pretty cool little history for a cool post card, don’t you think?

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Last Friday night, I attended the Floridiana Bazaar at the St Petersburg Shuffleboard Club. The event was held in conjunction with the 2014 annual conference for the Society of Commercial Archaeology, and was  open to the public as well as conference attendees.

Every Friday night, the Shuffleboard Club hosts the St Pete Shuffle, a College/public night for the usually members-only club. Visitors get to play shuffleboard free of cost at the historic facility, and have the opportunity to tailgate. 

There were so many interesting items at the Bazaar, from postcards to old St Petersburg city guides. It was like visiting a Florida-only antique store. Of course, Tumblr’s leading Florida historian, Rick Kilby, organized the Bazaar event, and displayed his book about the Fountain of Youth.

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huffingtonpost:

Everything you need to know about checking the four upcoming lunar eclipses here. 

Just in case some of you guys were curious what the different types of Lunar eclipses were, here’s a neat little gif-tastic diagram of the three types. Also handy is a calendar for the next ones, although the majority of America won’t be able to see a full total eclipse again until 2017.

The first of four eclipses in a series, the Lunar Saros 122. A saros is a fancy way of determining patters in relation to time relating to Earth-Moon solar geometry, so I present to you a Wikipedia article on the topic. For this eclipse cycle, though, their are no intervening partial eclipses of the Moon.

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breakingnews:

Computer outage at space station may force spacewalk
AP: A computer outage at the International Space Station may require astronauts to complete a spacewalk and delay next week’s launch of a supply ship next week.
A backup computer on the outside of the station is not responding to commands, NASA said Friday. While the main computer is working fine, both computers are needed for a cargo ship to bring nearly 5,000 pounds of supplies next week. 
Mission Control is working to determine whether the computer must be replaced, which would force a spacewalk by one of the station’s six astronauts. 
Photo: This May 23, 2011 photo released by NASA shows the International Space Station at an altitude of approximately 220 miles above the Earth, taken by Expedition 27 crew member Paolo Nespoli from the Soyuz TMA-20 following its undocking. (AP Photo/NASA, Paolo Nespoli)

The computer is a “black box” of sorta for the Remote Manipulator System, or robotic arm. Though not vital to crew support, it is essential to all visiting vehicles required to berth, such as next week’s SpaceX Dragon.

breakingnews:

Computer outage at space station may force spacewalk

AP: A computer outage at the International Space Station may require astronauts to complete a spacewalk and delay next week’s launch of a supply ship next week.

A backup computer on the outside of the station is not responding to commands, NASA said Friday. While the main computer is working fine, both computers are needed for a cargo ship to bring nearly 5,000 pounds of supplies next week. 

Mission Control is working to determine whether the computer must be replaced, which would force a spacewalk by one of the station’s six astronauts. 

Photo: This May 23, 2011 photo released by NASA shows the International Space Station at an altitude of approximately 220 miles above the Earth, taken by Expedition 27 crew member Paolo Nespoli from the Soyuz TMA-20 following its undocking. (AP Photo/NASA, Paolo Nespoli)

The computer is a “black box” of sorta for the Remote Manipulator System, or robotic arm. Though not vital to crew support, it is essential to all visiting vehicles required to berth, such as next week’s SpaceX Dragon.