Friday, September 23, 2016

Astronaut Lt. Colonel Guion S. Bluford, Jr.

Lt. Colonel Guion S. Bluford, Jr. of the USAF was named in May 1982 to be the first black American astronaut.  He is to fly aboard a July 1983 flight of space shuttle Challenger.

NASA Photo

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Guion Stewart Bluford, Jr., Ph.D. (born November 22, 1942),  ended up participating in four Space Shuttle flights between 1983 and 1992. 

Apollo Saturn V at Kennedy Space Center Complex 39 A

John F. Kennedy Space Center

NASA Apollo Saturn V, 500 F facility vehicle enroute from NASA's vehicle assembly building to launch complex 39 A.

Color Photo by NASA

NASA Tours Conducted by TWA, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

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I believe this is from 1966. 

Interior of the Vehicle Assembly Building

NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center

Interior view of the High Bay area in the 525 ft. Vehicle Assembly Building.

NASA Photo

Insignia / Emblem - Columbia, Lousma and Fullerton

STS-3 Crew Patch
This is the insignia for NASA's third flight of the space transportation system's (STS) Columbia, depicted in the middle of the blue sphere against the background of the sun.  The three prominent rays represent the third STS flight.   The surnames of Astronauts Jack R. Lousma, commander, and C. Gordon Fullerton, pilot, flank the vehicle and the name Columbia appears at the bottom.  The spacecraft's payload bay doors are open, and the remote manipulator system (RMS) arm is extended as it will be on several occasions during the actual flight.  The art work was accomplished by space artist Robert C. McCall of Paradise Valley, Arizona.

Photo by NASA

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STS-3 launched on 22 March 1982.

Curiosity Mars Rover

The sender writes that this is The Curiosity Mars Rover.

A Pair of Piggyback Satellites and LOFTI

A pair of "piggyback" satellites - Transit 3-B and its small companion LOFTI - before being fired into orbit together from the Air Force Missile Test Center's launch site at Cape Canaveral.
(U. S. Air Force Photo)

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This was launched in 1961. 

Edwin Aldrin At Work on the Moon

At Work on the Moon

Edwin Aldrin inspects the footpad of the Lunar Module "Eagle" after it landed gently on the Moon's Sea of Tranquility on July 20, 1969, at 4:17 p.m EDT.  The footpad sank into the soil only about two inches.  In the weak lunar gravity, the astronauts weighed only one-sixth of their weight on Earth.

Official NASA Photograph

The Lunar Module and Half of Planet Earth

John F. Kennedy Space Center

With a half Earth in the background, the lunar module ascent stage with moon-walking astronauts, Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., approaches for a rendezvous with the Apollo 11 command module manned by Michael Collins.

Color Photo by NASA

NASA Tours Conducted by TWA, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

A Sign with the Gemini Titan II Space Missions

Complex 19
Gemini Titan II
The United States 2 Man Space Missions

GT-3 - Virgil I. Grissom / John W. Young
GT-4 - James A. McDivitt / Edward H. White II
GT-5 - Gordon Cooper, JR. / Charles Conrad, Jr.
GT-7 - Frank Borman / James A. Lovell
GT-6 - Walter M. Schirra / Thomas P. Stafford

GT-8 - Neil A. Armstrong / David R. Scott
GT-9 - Thomas P. Stafford / Eugene A. Cernan
GT-10 - John W. Young / Michael Collins
GT-11 - Charles Conrad Jr. / Richard F. Gordon Jr.
GT-12 - James A. Lovell / Edwin E. Aldrin

Saturday, July 2, 2016

The Andromeda Galaxy (M31)

The Andromeda Galaxy (M31) as seen by the 200-inch optical telescope at the Palomar Observatory.  Like the Milky Way, Andromeda is a spiral galaxy orbited by Two companion galaxies, seen as bright spots above and below the Andromeda.  Andromeda is approximately 20,000 light years across, and about 2 million light years away.  (One light year is 9.5 trillion miles.)  It is the nearest spiral galaxy similar to the Milky Way.

Official NASA Photograph