Feb 252011
 
Final Flight

Discovery has circled the globe more than 5600 times and logged 230 million kilometres over its 352 days in space. Today, she left earth for the final time and will rack up more than a year in space in total. She’s an old girl, even for an aircraft, which in reality, she’s not. Thirty years and 39 launches is a long time. Even today after having her launch delayed by almost 3 months due to flaws being discovered in her liquid fuel tank, there were last second delays with complex computer management systems, but leave she did, if not bang […]

Aug 212009
 

In the next couple of months, until the LCROSS spacecraft makes it’s spectacular double dive into the lunar surface October 9, 2009, we’re likely to be treated to quite a bit of historical re-visiting of the six Apollo Moon landings, courtesy of the companion mission, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Take a gander and see if you can recall what else was special about the Apollo 14 Mission. *HINT: it involves sport

Dec 312008
 

NASA has released the final and full report into what the media calls the Columbia Disaster. NASA, in it’s inimitable style, refers to the report as the Post-Columbia Crew Survival Study . For enthusiasts and even those with a mild interest in space flight technology, the report makes interesting,if somewhat macabre reading. I won’t extract details here, but invite those of you interested enough in the why’s and wherefore’s of what happened almost six years ago, to click on the link provided and go read for yourself. You’ll doubtless be amazed at some of the revelations, as was I. It […]

Oct 072008
 

Did you feel the Earth move? I didn’t, but space science and NASA’s Near Earth Object surveillance team seem pretty chuffed with themselves. They’re calling this small asteroid strike a ‘prediction’ but I thought a prediction had to have a reasonable lead time in order to qualify as such. The small car sized space rock was only spotted on Monday, 6th October, yet those in the know are claiming a prediction, when the bloody thing was always going to hit the planet’s atmosphere at some point during the following 24 hours anyway!! Maybe when the big one comes along, we’ll […]