For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.
NASA reports that Callisto is the third largest satellite in the solar system and roughly the size of Mercury. Pictured here in color, NASA points out that its many markings show a turbulent history of collisions with space objects. In fact, Callisto is known to be the most heavily cratered object in our solar system. 10 spectacular moons in our solar system
A time-lapse taken from the front of the International Space Station as it orbits our planet at night. This movie begins over the Pacific Ocean and continues over North and South America before entering daylight near Antarctica. Visible cities, countries and landmarks include (in order) Vancouver Island, Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles. Phoenix. Multiple cities in Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. Mexico City, the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, El Salvador, Lightning in the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Lake Titicaca, and the Amazon. Also visible is the earths ionosphere (thin yellow line), a satellite (55sec) and the stars of our galaxy.
I just sat and watched this fullscreen with headphones. There’s something about it that brings my heart into my throat. No American flags planted, no images of earth as seen from space. No human form at all, no life. Just nothing, the zero.
It’s not like looking at images of pristine nature. It’s like looking at something that doesn’t know you, doesn’t care about you, will never meet you, not you or anyone like you. It’s like looking at something like that close up. That is dark magic, and I’m glad that NASA is still around: dark magicians, closing up.
The first U.S. space station, launched in May 1973 as a science and engineering laboratory, was not a success. Originally intended to remain in orbit as a shelter for crews from the new space shuttle program, Skylab was badly damaged during liftoff and plagued thereafter by a power deficit that played a significant role in its premature demise.
…Three crews traveled to Skylab aboard Apollo spacecraft — spending a total of 171 days aboard and returning by splashdown — and some repairs were made. The space station was placed in a parking orbit after the third Apollo crew departed, to await the eventual arrival of the first space shuttle. But delays in getting the shuttle program off the ground, coupled with Skylab’s deteriorating orbit, compelled NASA to consign its space station to a fiery death.
…The San Francisco Examiner, in one of its loopier promotional campaigns, even offered $10,000 (about $30,000 in today’s money) to the first person who could deliver a chunk of Skylab debris to the paper’s newsroom. [Disclosure: I was on the Examiner’s editorial staff at the time.]
That person turned out to be Stan Thornton, a 17-year-old from Esperance, Australia.