Atlantis: The Last Launch

Can’t see the video below? Click here. Check out this powerful and dramatic video showcasing highlights of the STS-135 shuttle mission, up to and including launch and booster separation. If this doesn’t stir some emotions in you, you’re made of tougher stuff than me. Credit: NASA TV

Reflections on a Tweetup

It’s been over a week since the NASA Tweetup (note: these are now called “NASA Socials”) and I’m still thinking about it. For good reason, of course… it was awesome. Over the course of two days I saw a capsule that had been to space and back, talked with five astronauts (one currently in orbit!),…

The Final Countdown: A #NASATweetup Journal

Part 6: The Launch! By now, we all know that Atlantis launched successfully today, June 8, 2011 from Canaveral. There was some time there where it looked like it wouldn’t launch due to weather, but with the clock continuing to count down and the skies gradually clearing, it was decided to push forward and light…

The Final Countdown: A #NASATweetup Journal

Part 5: On site! Well I’m here! I have spent the past 24 hours in and around Kennedy Space Center, getting the VIP tour and seeing things that I have only dreamt of… the Vehicle Assembly Building, the Crawler-Transporter, the Causeway…and, of course, the launch pad with the final shuttle, Atlantis, ready and waiting for…

‘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.) đŸ™‚ “For those of you who have ever had the opportunity to just stand underneath…

Our Future in Space

Just because the shuttle program will soon come to a close doesn’t mean the era of human spaceflight is over…

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…

An Astronaut’s View of Earth

Can’t see the video below? Click here. This really is a must-see… it’s a video by NASA TV showing our planet as it is experienced by the privileged few who have flown in space and spent time aboard the International Space Station. Looking down on the landscapes of our world from orbit, passing 225 miles…

Up, Up and Away!

The space shuttle Endeavour lifted off from Cape Canaveral for the final time on the morning of Monday, May 16 2011, and quickly pierced through the low cloud cover, disappearing from view for many observers on the ground but not for those high above in a NASA weather reconnaissance aircraft! They had quite the view…