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Saturn V Saturn V

Dropped the boy off at Space Camp this afternoon and got to spend some time with the Saturn V, Apollo Command Module Casper (Apollo 16) and the F-1 engine at the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville. Turns out the F-1 was intended to be used, but was damaged in a fire and never went back into circulation. The…

The Most American American Thing The Most American American Thing

A man, a moon, a spaceship and a car. The best things in life take sacrifice and hard work. 

Japanese Rocket Fails To Reach Orbit Japanese Rocket Fails To Reach Orbit

The president the Japanese startup Interstellar Technologies said he believes there was a glitch in the main engine. Ya think?

SBC of Rocket Engines SBC of Rocket Engines

The Aerojet Rocketdyne RL10 has been in service since 1962. It’s served as a upper stage engine for a number of traditional unmanned boosters and was part of the Apollo, Shuttle and SLS programs. It’s done just about everything.

Little Planet Soyuz Little Planet Soyuz

Today’s Astronomy Picture of the Day. Description after the jump.

Alan Bean - Artist and Astronaut Alan Bean - Artist and Astronaut

Very interesting twitter thread about Alan Bean, artist and Apollo astronaut who passed away yesterday.

Falling Rockets Falling Rockets

Very interesting Twitter thread on what happens to Russian boosters after launches out of Biakonur

Alright, Take Two... Alright, Take Two...

SpaceX is trying, again, to launch their first Block V Falcon 9.

Have You Seen The Moon? Have You Seen The Moon?

Made me smile and want to pull my telescope out of the attic.


I don’t think I’ve ever been so mesmerized by a still image.

Flying Over the Earth at Night Flying Over the Earth at Night

Time-lapse photos of Earth taken from the International Space Station and stitched together into a short video. The ISS circles the Earth once every 90 minutes. Keep your eyes open for recognizable features such as the northern lights, Florida, Italy, and the Nile River.

Homeward Bound Homeward Bound

The Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft is seen as it lands with Expedition 54 crew members Joe Acaba and Mark Vande Hei of NASA and cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 (February 27 Eastern time.) Acaba, Vande Hei, and Misurkin are returning after 168 days in space where…

State of NASA  State of NASA 

Hey, I found a Super Sabre! You should be following #stateofnasa on Twitter and Instagram today. Cool stuff happening! Im at Edwards Air Force Base.

Ooh Ouch Owie Ooh Ouch Owie

300 mph water impacts are bad for rockets, per Tech Crunch. But that’s the launch contractor’s problem.

Detecting a Kilonova Explosion

Kind of a mind-blower to realize that this event happened when dinosaurs walked the Earth, but its light and sound is only now reaching us.

SpaceX Falcon Heavy set to launch Tesla Roadster into space SpaceX Falcon Heavy set to launch Tesla Roadster into space

No, this isn’t an Onion headline. SpaceX needed a payload for a test launch of its huge Falcon Heavy rocket, so Elon Musk thought that it would be neat to blast one of his cars into space.

RIP John Young RIP John Young

John Young, who had the longest career of any NASA astronaut, passed away on January 5 at age 87. Since I was out of town at the time, I wrote this addendum to last week’s TDIAH post today.

Falcon Heavy

Musk has ID’d the first payload for the Falcon 9 Heavy. I don’t think he is joking.

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