Tuesday Jun 10, 2008

Discovery and Shuttle Crews say Goodbye

I have been following the NASA Space Shuttle launch via the NASA website.   The Shuttle is saying goodbye today and will begin it's journey back home tomorrow when it un-docks from the International Space Station.  How can you not get excited about space travel when you see images like this from space.

Tuesday Mar 11, 2008

Java and Space Shuttle Endeavour

This is just a quick blog to illustrate how Java is helping us space enthusiasts track what is going on in space.  Here is a great group of websites that you can use to monitor real-time data about the shuttle mission and spaceflight in general.  If you look closely you will find this website that uses a Java applet to track the position of the ISS and Shuttle over earth.   However, if you are interested in trying to see the shuttle pass over your home or office location, you can find your location via another Java applet at this NASA website and it will calculate the time and direction you should look.  Additionally, it will also present certain solar variables that might impact your ability to see.

 

Endeavour Soars into Space

Another great day for space exploration, science, and for those of us still look with wonder and awe at each space flight.  Endeavour launched successfully from Cape Canaveral this morning in a rare night launch. 

Here is a video on YouTube that shows the launch:


 

If you want to watch an animation of what the mission will attempt to accomplish you can watch it here

 

Friday Mar 07, 2008

The Final Frontier---thanks Mark Dixon

I follow a couple of blogs at Sun and Mark Dixon is one of the people that I get to read from time-to-time.  Today he has a blog entry that is fantastic.  I, like Mark, wanted to be an Astronaut.  I can remember reading about the Shuttle before it was launched on it's first mission and building a clay model in fourth grade to share my enthusiasm with my classmates.  One of the great honors in my life was meeting an Astronaut in person on the sidelines of one of my kids soccer games (you never know who you are going to meet at a soccer game).

 These pictures are inspirational and I can't wait to share them with my kids tonight.  Thanks Mark for sharing with all of us. 

Space Shuttle Photograph 

Take a look at all of the pictures here:

Here are some of my other favorite NASA and space related sites:

Mars Rover click here
Go see a launch of a real rocket in California at Vandenberg Air Force Base.  You can get information about these events or how to take a tour of the base and operations here


 


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