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Even as the space shuttle program has come to a close, NASA has been building and testing its next human spacecraft, the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (aka MPCV), around the country. Orion is being designed and tested to go further than we've ever gone and do things the shuttle could never do, namely explore deep space. In "Orion: The Journey Begins" take a look at the progress and development of NASA's newest vehicle, which will be the most advanced human spacecraft ever built. We can do amazing things!
A wonderful tribute to NASA's Space Shuttle Program and its 30 year history.
Our journey has only just begun. WATCH this and know that we are blessed to be here. Let us do all we can to make this world a better place. When you watch this you see what the world is really capable﻿ of. You see men and women of different races, different religions, different nationalities and different ages all working together. I want a﻿ world where the dreams of our children are endless! By grace we can make it so ;) Although STS-135 is the final space shuttle mission, the International Space Station will continue an uninterrupted human presence in space. This music video featuring the space station and its crews is set to the song "World" by recording artists Five for Fighting.
7/20/1969 NASA's Neil Armstrong becomes the first human to set foot on the lunar surface, realizing humanity's age-old dream. And effectively winning the space race for the United States of America. Armstrong and fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin left the Apollo 11 command module (piloted by Michael Collins) in orbit and performed a landing in the lunar module Eagle. At 4:18 p.m. EDT, Armstrong announced to a watching and waiting world that "The Eagle has landed." Six-and-a-half hours later, he stepped onto the powdery surface with the words, "That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Aldrin soon followed Armstrong down the ladder to become the second man to stand on the moon. The mission was by no means a slam dunk. There was real fear that once on the lunar surface the astronauts might end up marooned and beyond rescue. In fact, President Nixon had a condolence speech ready to go in the event things turned out badly. Things went as planned, however, and Armstrong and Aldrin returned to the command module after leaving behind a plaque inscribed with the words: "Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon, July 1969 AD. We came in peace for all mankind." Five more Apollo missions carried astronauts to the moon before the program ended in 1972. (There were to have been six, but Apollo 13's mission ended in near disaster.) The last man to leave his footprint on the moon was Apollo 17 commander Eugene Cernan, on Dec. 14, 1972. This month NASA announced what type of rocket and crew vehicle will be making the next Moon landings ad explorations of deep space. The journey continues. Video info The real events of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing, from the National Geographic Channel. [Re-edited for Gamma Correction]
Facebook Behavior Makes You Look Insane and Creepy in the Real World. Funny! In Facebook land, it's totally normal to like things strangers said, become friends with people you don't know, and share intimate photos with people who don't care. One chap tested it out, and became a lunatic. The film asks us, "Ever thought how odd your online life is?" When you transpose is to the offline life, you realize it's really, really odd. Just try following someone without using Twitter. Facebook should be a place where people who are already friends keep in touch. It's kinda creepy because the information you are comfortable sharing with your old classmates and friends are not really suitable for people you barely know. Having said that, I do have friends who put all their personal information on Facebook and add all sorts of acquaintances that they don't really know at all. Share your thoughts... or keep them to your self :)
OSIRIS-Rex will visit asteroid 1999 RQ36 and return with samples that may hold clues to the origin of the solar system and life on Earth. For the mission, NASA has selected the team led by Principal Investigator Dr. Michael Drake from the University of Arizona. NASA GSFC will manage the mission. Lockheed Martin will build the spacecraft. This video is public domain and can be downloaded at: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov More at http://www.youtube.com/user/NASAexplorer
In a speech to Congress 50 years ago today, on May 25th, 1961, President John F. Kennedy challenged the nation to send a man to the moon and return him safely to Earth by the end of that decade. This video includes historical footage of the launches of Yuri Gagarin and Alan Shepard, whose flights helped prompt Kennedy's speech, plus comments from Mercury astronauts John Glenn and Scott Carpenter, and Mercury Flight Director, Chris Kraft.
After nearly two decades of achievement, Endeavour makes one last journey to space. The STS-134 Webcast from the Kennedy Space Center examines what Endeavour's 25th flight will entail and explores the storied career of the youngest of NASA's shuttle orbiters. More @ Nasa.gov/
Space shuttle Endeavour STS-134 Gets New Launch Date on This Week @NASA! The launch of space shuttle Endeavour on STS-134 has been rescheduled for May 16th. The delay is due to the replacement of the shuttle's APU Heater power box and any faulty associated hardware before Endeavour's next launch attempt is scheduled. Also, NASA's Gravity Probe B mission confirms two aspects of Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity. Plus, two Mercury explorers honored; Young innovators recognized; ISS honored; NextGen Day; rotocraft research; FIRST finals; and HQ Cyber Café.