‘An Incredible Vehicle’

More photos of Atlantis – the final shuttle – can be seen on Universe Today here. Photographer Michael Deep is on location at Kennedy Space Center covering the launch, slated for Friday, July 8. (Oh, and I’ll be there too.) 🙂 “For those of you who have ever had the opportunity to just stand underneath…

One small step…

Great article in the New York Post by (the Bad) astronomer Phil Plait about the shuttle program, its completion and the future of NASA’s space exploration endeavors. One small step – NYPOST.com “It’s fashionable to say the Shuttle program was a failure — too expensive, too limited. But progress is not a steady curve. Not…

The Final Countdown: A #NASATweetup Journal

Part 4: Fueling the Anticipation The launch of the space shuttle Atlantis is less than a week away, and with it the NASA Tweetup event of a lifetime. (Well, my lifetime anyway!) But it’s not just me who’s been having visions of shuttle plumes dancing in his head… there’s 149 other space tweeps (yes, that’s…

The Final Countdown: A #NASATweetup Journal

Part 3: A Dedication Due to family needs I’ve had to come to Florida a bit earlier than planned… my stepdad passed away on the morning of June 28 after a long and difficult fight with cancer. I wasn’t able to get here in time to see him before he died, but I’m helping my…

The Final Countdown: A #NASATweetup Journal

#1: I made it! On July 8, less than a month from now, the last remaining space shuttle is slated to launch from Cape Canaveral. The STS-135 mission will bring supplies and parts up to the International Space Station and will be the historic conclusion of the 30-year-long shuttle program. Unless otherwise rescheduled, at 11:40am…

30 Years, 133 Launches, 133 Seconds

In honor of the end of NASA’s shuttle program (with only two flights remaining) CNN videographers have assembled a wonderful montage of the 133 launches over the past 30 years and put them together in the video below. Check it out! (There may be a brief advertisement at the beginning…that’s embedded in the CNN video.)…

This Week in Space

Episode 24. Includes: Cool video of new space vehicle tests, Daily Show on NASA boss Charlie Bolden’s Muslim comment, Space Shuttle worker layoffs, last Atlantis shuttle fuel tank, progress we have a problem, and asteroid ready for close up. Provided by SpaceflightNow.com. Can’t view the video above? Watch on YouTube here.

Solar Crossing

Another shining example of perfect timing and photographic expertise by Thierry Legault, this image shows the shuttle Atlantis as it somersaults in front of the International Space Station in order to have its underbelly checked out on May 16. Over 200 miles above the Earth, the ISS and Atlantis passed briefly in front of the…

Sun Crossing

  This amazing image was taken by NASA photographer Thierry Legault at 12:17 EST on May 13 as the shuttle Atlantis and Hubble Space Telescope passed in front of the sun, a fleeting transit lasting only .8 seconds. More images of this and the previous day’s transit can be found on Legault’s website. Mission astronauts…