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The Horsehead Nebula

Posted in Space with tags , , on May 23, 2015 by Aaron

As a kid I took an after school astronomy thing in elementary school. I remember they blew up an inflatable planetarium that had a special projector pointing at the ceiling. They told us Greek myths while we all lay down on the floor looking up at the different constellations. Out of all of them, the one that I could usually find without any trouble was Orion.

Of all the gorgeous space pictures floating around, the Horsehead Nebula is one that people are usually familiar with. Until I saw this gif, I don’t think I ever thought about where a particular image came from in a specific point in space.

It was discovered by a Scottish woman who worked as a main for a Harvard professor in Boston after her husband left her. He apparently was frustrated with his male assistants and said that his maid could do a better job then them. He later hired her to do clerical work and during that time she discovered nebula, stars, and novae. One of them being the Horsehead Nebula in 1888.

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Shuttle Atlantis STS-132

Posted in Space, Travel with tags , , , , on February 12, 2015 by Aaron

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Back in 2010 I drove down to Florida to see one of the last shuttle launches. We left on Friday night and drove straight down for a Sunday morning launch. It was (the proper use) of the word epic. We were in Titusville which is about 10 miles away from Cape Canaveral, across a bay. When we saw the launch we didn’t hear anything. About 30 seconds later you heard and felt the rumble. It made your lungs vibrate. After that we got back in the car and drove home.

There ended up being only 135 launches. Sorry for posting twice about this, that is how epic it was.

The Moon

Posted in Space with tags , , on January 27, 2015 by Aaron

I saw this on reddit and wanted to share it here! A visual history of the moon:

http://i.imgur.com/3yimZNX.gifv

It is worth your minute and a half to click on it.

The Rubber Duck

Posted in Space with tags , , , on September 14, 2014 by Aaron

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I saw this gif on reddit today showing the flight path of the Rosetta Satellite. It is extraordinary that the European Space Agency (ESA) scientists/mathematicians planned out a 10 year journey though space to send a satellite to meet up with a rubber duck shaped piece of rock traveling at about 135,000 kilometers per hour in the far reaches of our solar system. Congratulations to you!

If you have any questions about the mission, the ESA probably answered it here.

STS-132

Posted in Space with tags , , , , , , , on May 18, 2010 by Aaron

Watching this was unbelievable. We got there about 2 hours before the launch and there were already a ton of people around who had staked out what appeared to be the best spots. Walking around we happened to stumble onto a secret little strip of land right next to what appeared to be a crowded parking lot. We were able to be right on the water without a crush of people making things unpleasant. I highly recommend that everyone go to the remaining launches. You will feel your lungs vibrate…

Awesome Hubble Images

Posted in Space with tags , , , on April 26, 2010 by Aaron

20 years of the Hubble telescope imaging the universe.

http://www.upi.com/News_Photos/gallery/20th-anniversary-of-NASAs-Hubble/3247/1

Buzz Aldrin (aka Doc Rendezvous) Space Rap

Posted in Movies, Space with tags , , , , , , , on December 30, 2009 by Aaron

This needs no introduction. It speaks for itself.