Saturday, May 6, 2017

ATLAS Missile at the Patrick Air Force Base

Air Force Missile Test Center
Patrick Air Force Base, Florida
U.S.A.F. SM-65 Convair Atlas

The ATLAS is the Air Force's intercontinental ballistic missile now being tested over the Air Force Missile Test Center's 5000-mile test range.

Saturn V Booster in Mississippi

Mississippi Test Facility
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Hancock County

The S-II-2, second flight stage of the second stage booster rocket of the Saturn V space vehicle is how being lifted into the S-II test stand for checkout and static test firing.  The S-II test stand is 200 feet tall with a foundation that extends 40 feet below ground and rests on steel pilings each over 90 feet long.  MTF is a component of the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama

Official NASA-MTF Photograph

Astronaut John Glen in His Space Suit

Marine Lieutenant Colonel John Glenn in his space suit prior to his successful orbit of the earth in the Friendship 7, February 20, 1962.

Color Photo Courtesy of "Space"

This 'Plastichrome' postcard is unused.
It is from Space, 11401 S.W. 47th St. Miami, Florida

I have no idea what 'Space' this is.  I googled it and and there are just small houses located here.  

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile

ALMA Telescope

Photo by Daniil Korzhonov

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The Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) is an array of separate telescopes in the Atacama desert of northern Chile.

Consisting of 66 12-metre (39 ft) and 7-metre (23 ft) diameter radio telescopes observing at millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths, ALMA is expected to provide insight on star birth during the early universe and detailed imaging of local star and planet formation.

ALMA is an international partnership among Europe, the United States, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Chile.

The Telescope at Parkes Observatory in Australia

Siding Spring
NSN 2357

A receiving dish of the Australia Telescope Parkes, NSW

Photo (CSIRO)

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The Parkes Observatory (also known informally as "The Dish") is a radio telescope observatory, located 20 kilometres north of the town of Parkes, New South Wales, Australia.

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The sender writes:
If it was not for the Parks Space Receiver Station your 1969 moon landing would have been different...

Here is what I found:
When Buzz Aldrin switched on the TV camera on the Lunar Module, three tracking antennas received the signals simultaneously. They were the 64-metre Goldstone antenna in California, the 26-metre antenna at Honeysuckle Creek near Canberra in Australia, and the 64-metre dish at Parkes.

In the first few minutes of the broadcast, NASA alternated between the signals being received from its two stations at Goldstone and Honeysuckle Creek, searching for the best quality picture.

A little under nine minutes into the broadcast, the TV was switched to the Parkes signal. The quality of the TV pictures from Parkes was so superior that NASA stayed with Parkes as the source of the TV for the remainder of the 2.5 hour broadcast.
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Here is a better view of the stamp . . .
Australia stamp 1992
International Space Year
Spiral Galaxy NGC 2997

Men in Space, Astronauts Grissom, Glen and Shepard

A Trip Into Outer Space

Getting ready for their blast-off into outer space and adventure are spacemen Grissom, Glenn and Shepard.  They'll encounter all the thrills and dangers of the unknown worlds that surround our earth.

NASA Photography

A 747 and Space Shuttle Columba Landing for the First Time

"Tires smoke as 747 and Columbia arrive at Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility" for the first time.
Kennedy Space Center, Florida

Color Photo by NASA

KSC Tours, Visitors Center, TWA, Florida 32899

A Mouse Astronaut

Art by: Lenka Hroch√°zkov√°

This astronaut mouse postcard is postmarked in 2017 from The Czech Republic. 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Insignia / Emblem - Columbia, Allen, Brand, Overmyer, Lenoir

Allen - Brand - Overmyer - Lenoir

STS-5 Crew Insignia
This is the official crew patch for the fifth (note five points of star) NASA Space Transportation System (STS-5) flight.  The STS-5 mission was NASA's first operational STS flight following four successful test flights.  It called for the Columbia to be manned by four astronauts - a space agency first Crew members for the flight were Vance D. Brand, commander; Robert F. Overmyer, pilot; and William B. Lenoir and Joseph P. Allen, mission specialists.

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This mission was in 1982.

Edwin E. Aldrin Jr and the Lunar Module Pilot on the Moon

John F. Kennedy Space Center

Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot, descends steps of Lunar Module ladder as he prepares to walk on the moon.

Color Photo by NASA

NASA Tours Conducted by TWA, Kennedy Space Center, Florida