December 14, 2017

04.06.11: MPCV=Orion Reborn?

MPCV in Martian orbit. (Artist’s concept/NASA).

NASA may just have new marching orders for the post-shuttle era. Recently, NASA and Lockheed Martin announced a re-designation of its Orion (That OTHER Orion, not the Dyson one that shoots nukes out the back!) capsule as the MPCV, or the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle. The project had been in the doldrums since the cancellation of the Constellation program, and fans of manned spaceflight had wondered what was next for NASA with only one space shuttle flight remaining. [Read more...]

28.05.11: Spiders in SPACE (…ACE).

A Terrestrial Golden Orb Spider. (Image Credit: NASA & Danielle Anthony).

The recent final mission of the space shuttle Endeavour brought some very special residents to the International Space Station. Delivered in the cargo manifest of STS-134 was the Commercial Generic Bio-processing Apparatus Science Insert -05 containing a pair of golden orb spiders. [Read more...]

21.05.11: Student Project catches STS-134 launch…from 100,000ft!

Endeavour on her way the orbit one last time…(Credit: Quest for Stars).

A unique sentinel was on hand to witness the final launch of the space shuttle Endeavour this past Monday. Senatobia-1, an airborne observatory equipped with still and video cameras, lifted off the morning of the launch to snap the above picture from a unique vantage point. [Read more...]

The U.S. Space Shuttle Program; A Personal Retrospective.

 

Endeavour STS-113 on orbit. (Credit: NASA.gov)

  As we approach what are the last flights of the United States Space Shuttle Program this year, many a media outlet will be revving up tributes, retrospectives and docu-dramas expounding on all that was the shuttle era. Rather than rehash what the shuttle has done, I thought it would be interesting to look back at the role the shuttle has played in my life. [Read more...]