Tag: astronauts

I get Questions

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Being the “token astronomer” in some of my circles means that I get asked all kinds of interesting questions. Like this: “You’re an astronomer! Tell me – is it normal for your boobs to actually be separate entities outside your…

Telescopes from Space!

Soichi Noguchi, an astronaut currently living aboard the International Space Station as part of Expedition 23, loves sending back gorgeous pictures of the Earth and Moon via his Twitter feed, astro_soichi. This morning, I woke up to a lovely picture…

LIFTOFF!

Wow. STS-130 lifted off at 4:14AM on 8 February 2010. The crew of the space shuttle Endeavor was strapped in for a second launch attempt after the previous morning’s attempt had been scrubbed for a low cloud ceiling. A few…

Shuttle Launch Attempt… take one!

So…. the launch of STS-130 was scrubbed last night. The crew of six was primed and ready to deliver the Tranquility module to the International Space Station, and the shuttle itself was all ready for liftoff! The weather, however, would…

A nod to STS-125

Astronomers in my department are anxiously and excitedly watching the events unfold from the space shuttle mission to repair Hubble this week.  HST has been a fantastically productive scientific instrument, and many people are hoping it will continue to revolutionize…

Happy Earthrise Anniversary!

40 years ago today, humans saw for the first time the Earth rise over the horizon of the Moon. The astronauts of Apollo 8, Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and William Anders, because the first humans to escape Earth and actually…

Carnival of Space #79

Welcome, one and all, to the glittering light show that is the Carnival of Space! Only this time, it’s not a carnival lit by twinkling bulbs but by the nuclear furnaces of stars and the fires of our own imaginations.…

Radio Astronomy on the Moon

So I’ve been able to sit in on a video-conference for a group that is putting out a plan for a low frequency radio telescope on the Moon. I’m just a wee student, so I observed quietly. There are a…

"In the Shadow of the Moon"

A new documentary by Ron Howard is coming out, called “In the Shadow of the Moon.” The trailer makes me swoon. It has all kinds of footage from the Apollo missions, with commentary by the astronauts themselves. Soooo coooool. http://www.intheshadowofthemoon.com/