Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Top 10 NASA Events and Earth's status

March 3 Marked the 100 Anniversary of  the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, or NACA later to evolve into NASA. #SuitUp with NASA for the #JourneytoMars.

Sunrise on Earth in Ocean City, Maryland

Click on the link to see Island of Hawaii From the International Space Station
From the International Space Station, European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti (@AstroSamantha) took this photograph of the island of Hawaii and posted it to social media on Feb. 28, 2015. Cristoforetti wrote, "And suddenly as we flew over the Pacific... the island of #Hawaii with its volcanoes! #HelloEarth" Crewmembers on the space station photograph the Earth from their unique point of view located 200 miles above the surface as part of the Crew Earth Observations program. Photographs record how the planet is changing over time, from human-caused changes like urban growth and reservoir construction, to natural dynamic events such as hurricanes, floods and volcanic eruptions. Astronauts have used hand-held cameras to photograph the Earth for more than 40 years, beginning with the Mercury missions in the early 1960s. The ISS maintains an altitude between 220 - 286 miles (354 - 460 km) above the Earth, and an orbital inclination of 51.6˚, providing an excellent stage for observing most populated areas of the world.
Image Credit: NASA/ESA/Samantha Cristoforetti

A closeup of the sunrise appears as if the sun is melting. Later in the day it did melt some of the ice on the streets.

Click on the link to see Astronaut Salutes Nimoy From Orbit
International Space Station astronaut Terry Virts (@AstroTerry) tweeted this image of a Vulcan hand salute from orbit as a tribute to actor Leonard Nimoy, who died on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Nimoy played science officer Mr. Spock in the Star Trek series that served as an inspiration to generations of scientists, engineers and sci-fi fans around the world. Cape Cod and Boston, Massachusetts, Nimoy's home town, are visible through the station window.

I always wonder what snow looks like on the beach.  The surface underneath is more pliable but the snow is just as crunchy. Look at those colors on the horizon!


March 10  The largest, most powerful booster ever built for NASA's new rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), will fire up for a ground test at 11:30 a.m. EDT (9:30 a.m. MDT) Wednesday, at Orbital ATK Propulsion Systems’ test facilities in Promontory, Utah.
NASA Television will air a NASA Social on Tuesday, March 10 and the test on Wednesday.

Note the icicles, hanging from the balcony above.


March 11  Three International Space Station crew members are scheduled to leave the orbiting laboratory Wednesday, after almost six months in space performing scientific research and technology demonstrations. NASA Television to Air Space Station Change of Commander, Return of Three Crew Member. March 10, 11,and 12 check the event listings and links here.



Link to a NASA photograph of Scott Kelly seen inside a Soyuz simulator at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC), Wednesday, March 4, 2015 in Star City, Russia. Scott Kelly is the identical twin brother of Mark Kelly, husband of former U.S. Representative from Arizona, Gabby Gifford. Mark is  a retired NASA astronaut and U.S. Navy Captain.




March 27 U.S. time (March 28 Kazakh time).NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Gennady Padalka, are scheduled to launch from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Kelly and Kornienko will spend a year aboard the complex collecting valuable biomedical data that will inform future deep space, long-duration missions.


Link to NASA Live TV Schedule

The Hubble Space Telescope 25th Anniversary event listings for March.

April 10 -12  2015 International Space Apps Challenge NASA and other space agencies around the world are preparing for the fourth annual International Space Apps Challenge, which will be held April 10-12 at more than 135 locations worldwide, including New York, host of the event’s Global Mainstage.


It was cool to watch the seagull mark his path in the snow. The hose in the photo is a sprinkling palm tree in warmer weather. You can see it clearer in the next photo.


Click on the NASA links above to see the Earth from space. My photos in the blog are views looking into space on a cold day in Ocean City, Maryland, March 6, 2015, the moon over the ocean and the March 7 brilliant sunrise. The beach is always spectacular regardless of temperature, but the rates my friend, are reasonable in winter for beachfront and that is a beautiful thing.

Not even the polar bears were taking advantage of the outdoor pool or are they craters and signs of water on earth in season?
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We look to the stars for answers and we wish.

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