Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Lunar Module (EAGLE) N.A.S.A.

John F. Kennedy Space Center
After separation, Lunar Module (EAGLE) on way to touch down on the east side of the moon.

NASA TOURS Conducted by TWA, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

Color Photo by NASA

Astronaut Captain Gus Grissom

Captain Gus Grissom, USAF, shown in his space-suit prior to being the second U. S. Astronaut launched into space.

Vanguard and the 'Baby Moon', Patrick Air Force Base

Baby Moon

Air Force Missile Test Center
Patrick Air Force Base, Florida
U.S. Navy Vanguard - Satellite Vehicle

The Vanguard blasts off from its launching stand at Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying in its nose a small earth satellite.  This "baby moon" is now circling the earth as part of United States participation in the International Geo-physical Year.  The Vanguard, undertaken by the Naval Research Laboratory, is one of the rockets now being tested at the Air Force Missile Test Center.

The Crab Nebula Taken by The Hubble Telescope

The sender writes:

This is a composite photograph produced from 24 individual images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and is the most detailed image of the Crab Nebula that has been produced to date.

The postcard was mailed in 2014.

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 The Crab nebula lies in the Perseus Arm of the Milky Way galaxy, at a distance of about 2.0 kiloparsecs (6,500 ly) from Earth. 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Atlantis Space Shuttle and International Space Station

Space Shuttle Atlantis
Kennedy Space Center
Visitor Complex

Taking advantage of the technical expertise from participating countries, the International Space Station brings together scientists, engineers and researchers from around the globe to assemble the premier research facility in orbit.  During its career, Atlantis visited the International Space Station 11 times.

Atlantis Space Shuttle

Space Shuttle Atlantis
Kennedy Space Center
Visitor Complex

The fourth orbiter to join the fleet, Atlantis was delivered to Kennedy Space Center April 13, 1985.  Atlantis would fly 33 missions and would travel more that 125,935,769 miles in space prior to its final landing July 21, 2011.  

NASA Apollo Saturn-V

John F. Kennedy Space Center

Aerial view, NASA APOLLO Saturn-V 500 F. facility vehicle, arrives at launch complex 39 A.

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SA-500F was a dummy Saturn V used to test facilities at Launch Complex 39 during 1966.

Astronaut John F. Glenn - Friendship 7

Lieutenant Colonel John F. Glenn in his space helmet prior to entering Friendship 7 for his historic orbit around the earth.

Color by NASA

Lift-Off of The Thor IRBM Discover II Rocket

This picture shows the launching of the Thor IRBM Discoverer II rocket.  The purpose of the Discoverer program is to provide a scientific data-gathering earth satellite system having the capability of ejecting a recoverable research capsule from the orbiting satellite.  Discoverer VI was launched on August 8, 1959.

Photo by U.S.A.F.

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.