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Need a new lawn ornament? Got $42 million? And a big yard?

With space shuttles still launching and landing, NASA isn’t keen to talk about what will happen to the iconic vehicles after they’re retired.But the competition among institutions to land a space shuttle for public display is heating up.

Last December, NASA issued a “request for information” to educational institutions, science museums and other organizations about their interest in acquiring a space shuttle. The space agency estimated it would cost about $42 million to prepare the vehicle and deliver it via a modified 747 Boeing aircraft carrier.

via  Chron.com – Houston Chronicle.

January 2, 2010 Posted by | NASA | | Comments Off on Need a new lawn ornament? Got $42 million? And a big yard?

Littele green men? UFO’s? Nope. Sorry. Just NASA.

A series of spooky lights above parts of the northeastern United States Saturday sparked a flurry of phone calls to authorities and television news stations.

NASA said strange lights seen in the Northeast on Saturday were caused by an experimental rocket.

CNN affiliate stations from New Jersey to Massachusetts heard from dozens of callers who reported that the lights appeared as a cone shape shining down from the sky. However, the lights were the result of an experimental rocket launch by NASA from the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, a spokesman told CNN.

Keith Koehler said the Black Brant XII Suborbital Sounding Rocket was launched to study the Earth’s highest clouds. The light came from an artificial noctilucent cloud formed by the exhaust particles of the rocket’s fourth stage about 173 miles high.

via  CNN.com.

September 20, 2009 Posted by | Astronomy, NASA, UFO | , , | 1 Comment

Not bad for a machine with a 90 day warranty

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Spirit remains stationary on the west side of Home Plate in the location called “Troy”. The rover continues to be busy with an ambitious observation campaign employing both remote sensing and in-situ (contact) science with the robotic arm (instrument deployment device, IDD).

The soil disturbed by the rover’s embedding has been the subject of extensive science investigation. Five out of the past seven sols have involved using the instruments on the end of the robotic arm to collect images and composition spectra of five distinct targets.

More via Spirit Undertaking More Soil Investigation.

June 26, 2009 Posted by | Astronomy, NASA, Robots, space | , | Comments Off on Not bad for a machine with a 90 day warranty

A ‘hole in the clouds’

This image of an exploding volcano was captured from the ISS which happened to be positioned directly above an eruption of Sarychev Peak on a remote Russian north Pacific island.

The white cap on the eruption is caused “…the rapid rising and then cooling of the air directly above the ash column. When moist, warm air rises quickly it creates a cloud.”

More pictures and an article at   Mail Online.

June 25, 2009 Posted by | Explosion, Great Pictures, NASA | , | Comments Off on A ‘hole in the clouds’

High tech Diapers for astronauts


Japan is developing a space diaper, one that uses powerful suction to collect waste when nature calls in orbit. Sensors let the diaper know when to activate, and it will even dry and clean up its wearer after the fact. Now that’s one smart latrine.

via DVICE: Thanks, Japan

January 6, 2009 Posted by | NASA, People | Comments Off on High tech Diapers for astronauts

Talk about “light my fire”!

Slow motion video of rocket lift-off.

Vodpod videos no longer available. from www.youtube.com posted with vodpod

April 23, 2008 Posted by | NASA, technology | , , | Comments Off on Talk about “light my fire”!

What’s this man talking about?

Link to Video


Tipped by Oldster Space Consultant For Internal Affairs, Knight Rider.

August 16, 2007 Posted by | cool stuff, NASA | 1 Comment