Monthly Archives: April 2015

Gradatim Ferociter!

Video & Image Credit & Copyright: Blue Origin. Surprise! On Wednesday, April 29, 2015 Blue Origin, founded by Amazon billionaire founder Jeff Bezos took to the West Texas skies with the first test flight of their developmental suborbital New Shepard … Continue reading

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SKYGLOW; Starry Skies Over Los Angeles

Images & Video Credit & Copyright: Gavin Heffernan, Sunchaser Pictures & Mehmedinovic of Bloodhoney.com . Here’s a great new timelapse from two great night sky photographers/videographers, Gavin Heffernan of Sunchaser Pictures as well as Harun Mehmedinovic of Bloodhoney.com. As an … Continue reading

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SpaceX Dragon V2 Prototype Ready for Pad Abort Test

Image Credit & Copyright: SpaceX. The long awaited Pad Abort Test for SpaceX’s Dragon Version 2 (prototype) is scheduled to take place on Wednesday May 6, 2015 at Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), … Continue reading

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SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch for Thales

Video Credit & Copyright: SpaceX. On Monday, April 27 at 19:03 EDT a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket left Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40 or “SLICK-40”) carrying the TurkmenAlem52E/MonacoSat 1 communications satellite for Thales Alenia and the Turkmenistan government and provide … Continue reading

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Launch of Arianespace Ariane 5 w’ THOR 7 & SICRAL-2

Video Credit & Copyright: Arianespace. The first launch of the Arianespace Ariane 5 for 2015 was completed successfully as flight VA222 lifted off from launch site Ensemble de Lancement Ariane-3 (ELA-3) with a dual payload of satellites. The THOR-7 satellite … Continue reading

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The Messenger Must Die!

Image & Illustration Credit & Copyright: NASA/JHUAPL. With the burn up of Venus Express in late 2014-early 2015, one of our two eyes to the inferior (inner) planets was extinguished. Unfortunately, it seems that this week, by the end of … Continue reading

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There’s a Ghost in the Queen’s Hair

Image Credit & Copyright: NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. With Hubble’s 25th anniversary this week I want to take a few posts and dedicate them to the single most profound scientific instrument ever devised by human hands thus far. Everyone knows … Continue reading

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