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July 20, 1969 "The Eagle Has Landed"

Posted by Thunder Pig on July 20, 2008

Apollo 11 was the first manned mission to land on the Moon. The first steps by humans on another planetary body were taken by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on July 20, 1969. The astronauts also returned to Earth the first samples from another planetary body. Apollo 11 achieved its primary mission – to perform a manned lunar landing and return the mission safely to Earth – and paved the way for the Apollo lunar landing missions to follow.
Find out more at Apollo 11.

Here’s how we’ll return to the Moon, this time to stay!

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ISS and STS-124 Flyover Exposure

Posted by Thunder Pig on June 9, 2008

Here is one of the exposures I took of the International Space Station and the space shuttle Discovery as they orbited over my house this evening.

The ISS keeps getting brighter and brighter as more modules keep getting added to the station. I was hoping I would catch a flare off one of the solar panels, but alas, not tonight. I hope to have more of these in the future, and possibly even snippets of video.
ISS 2008 0608
The squiggly line at the beginning was me taking a step back from the tripod, and the camera captured the ground vibration.

Tomorrow night, the station will pass in front of Mars, Saturn, and the Moon. I hope to be able to capture that if it is not cloudy.

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SpaceVidCast Live Weekly Show for June 5th

Posted by Thunder Pig on June 6, 2008

I have been meaning to post this Live Show for longer than I would like to admit, and am just now getting around to it.

The show starts at 10pm Eastern Time, and I hope you enjoy it.

Until the show starts, you can watch NASA TV streamed right here.

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Live coverage of STS-124/Kibo Launch and Early Flight Updated With Replay Video

Posted by Thunder Pig on May 31, 2008

**updated** 5.50pm The replay of the show launch and the first few minutes of flight is now available:
Streaming Video by Ustream.TV
The continuing live coverage is below…

Courtesy Space Vidcast, You can watch coverage of the 123rd Shuttleflight, the 35th flight of the Discovery vehicle, and the delivery of the experimental JAXA Kibo pressurized module to the ISS. After this flight, there are only eight more flights to the ISS planned by NASA shuttles. This flight is anticipated to last 15 days, minus the time required to repair the toilet. If it’s anything like an earthly toilet repair, I hope they packed a lunch.

Free video streaming by Ustream

Click here to join the chatroom. Follow the chat rules, or you will be tossed.

The NASA Channel will be played on this channel, and the Live Show is scheduled to begin around 4 pm, give or take.

Buzz Lightyear will be making his first flight into space to the delight of children everywhere. NASA is hoping to encourage children to continue their interest in space.

Flightcrew for STS-124:

* Mark E. Kelly (3) – Commander
* Kenneth Ham (1) – Pilot
* Karen L. Nyberg (1) – Mission Specialist 1
* Ronald J. Garan, Jr. (1) – Mission Specialist 2
* Michael E. Fossum (2) – Mission Specialist 3
* Akihiko Hoshide (1) – Mission Specialist 4 – JAXA

Launching ISS Expedition 17 crew:

* Gregory Chamitoff (1) – Flight Engineer

Returning ISS Expedition 17 crew:

* Garrett Reisman (1) – Flight Engineer

The crewman’s name is followed by a number in parenthesis to indicate number of times the astronaut has flown in space prior to this mission, assignment, and if applicable, space agency other than NASA as their sponsor. JAXA is the Japanese Space Agency.

More information: NASA STS-124 webpage
Space Vid Cast Showpage

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Soyuz Spacecraft Malfunctions, Astronauts Safe

Posted by Thunder Pig on April 19, 2008

The third malfunction in the last five flights sent the Soyuz Space Capsule into a ‘ballistic re-entry’ that subjected the astronauts to up to 10 gee’s and nearly 300 miles off-course:

The Russian Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft ferrying Expedition 16 commander Peggy Whitson, of NASA, and her crew to Earth touched down about 295 miles (475 km) short of its target zone on the central Asian steppes of Kazakhstan.

“The crew is alive and well. The landing was nominal, but by a backup design,” said Anatoly Perminov, chief of Russia’s Federal Space Agency, after the 4:30 a.m. EDT (0830 GMT) landing. “It was a ballistic descent and all the cosmonauts are feeling fine.”

A ballistic reentry is one in which a Soyuz reenters at a steeper than normal angle that subjects astronaut crews to higher forces of gravity , NASA officials said.

Cosmonauts returning from the space station last fall also experienced a ballistic reentry, as did the crew of Expedition 6 in 2003.

Whitson returned home alongside Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, an Expedition 16 flight engineer, after a six-month mission that added new science and living space to the $100 billion station. South Korea’s first astronaut, 29-year-old bioengineer So-yeon Yi, also accompanied the Expedition 16 crew to conclude her own 10-day spaceflight to the ISS.

Malenchenko, as Soyuz commander, used a satellite phone to contact recovery forces to relay that the crew was in good health.


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Live Coverage of STS-123 Landing

Posted by Thunder Pig on March 26, 2008

(The live-feed has now been replaced with a recording of the landing)
(And you may have to press the refresh button next to the play button)
(in order to get the video to start playing [TP 2008 0327 11.45 am])

Watch the live coverage here of the landing of the Shuttle Endeavour as STS-123 comes to a close. Or, if you wanna chat with other people while watching, head on over to Space Vidcast and join the group.

The first attempt was waved off, so we’ll have to see what happens the next go around.

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