Monthly Archives: December 2016

The God of War and God of the Sea to Hold Court

Images credit & copyright: NASA. If you have clear skies and a pair of large binoculars on December 31, 2016 you get to end the year with one of the more beautiful occurrences in the night sky; a planetary conjunction. … Continue reading

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Christmas Tree Nebula (Zoom)

Rolf Geissinger: http://stern-fan.de/Seiten/frameset_eng.htm NASA APOD for this image: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap120410.html It’s that time of year where, like Halloween we gotta come up with an obligatory Christmas space post and what better than the Christmas Tree Cluster (also called nebula)?   The Christmas Tree Cluster is … Continue reading

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“Calm Down, Lovell”

EARTHRISE: “And From the Crew of Apollo 8, We Close, With Good Night, Good Luck, a Merry Christmas, and God Bless All of You, All of You on the Good Earth” Photo Credit: NASA Photo AS08-14-2383 EARTHRISE by Bill Anders, … Continue reading

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Final Ariane 5 Launch of 2016 Coming Up

Image credit & copyright: ESA-CNES-Arianespace of the VA-231 Ariane 5 launch. LAUNCH ALERT: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 20:30 UTC (15:30 EST) Arianespace will launch the beautiful and massive heavy lift, Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA234. This mission will deliver … Continue reading

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Mighty Atlas to Boost EchoStar XIX Into Orbit Sunday

Image credit & copyright: United Launch Alliance of the EchoStar XIX Atlas V AV-071 launch vehicle. LAUNCH ALERT: Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 13:27 EST (18:27 UTC) the United Launch Alliance (ULA), utilizing an Atlas V-431 rocket designated (AV-071) will deliver … Continue reading

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Godspeed John Glenn; The Mercury 7 Are Together Again

Image Credit & Copyright: NASA. It is with a heavy heart that I report that we have lost the last surviving member of the Mercury 7 and an American hero, John Glenn. Though his passing saddens us all, Glenn’s life … Continue reading

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Orbital ATK’s Stargazer/Pegasus Duo Together Again for NASA

Image credit & copyright: NASA. Launch Alert: Monday, December 12, 2016 at 08:19 EST (13:19 UTC) Orbital ATK’s L-1011 “Stargazer” aircraft wearing its new blue Orbital ATK colors will air launch its partner, the Pegasus LX rocket which will be … Continue reading

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