Monthly Archives: December 2017

Here Comes Tonight……

Images credit & copyright: Daniel LaShomb. On any given clear evening, while you’re facing west watching the sunset, take a moment to turn around and admire something I find just as beautiful; Earthshadow and the Belt of Venus or as … Continue reading

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Cosmic Christmas Tree Zoom

Image credit & copyright: Rolf Geissinger: http://stern-fan.de/Seiten/frameset_eng.htm NASA APOD for this image: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap120410.html I hope you’ve all had an amazing 2017 thus far and let’s finish strong with something seasonal.   The Christmas Tree Cluster (also called Christmas Tree Nebula) is cataloged by … Continue reading

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JAXA H-IIA to Launch GCOM-C & SLATS

Image credit & copyright: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Launch Alert: Friday, December 22, 2017 at 20:26 EDT (01:26 UTC on the 23rd), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), will be launching the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIA (H-2A) rocket; Launch Vehicle … Continue reading

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SpaceX Iridium 4 (NEXT 31-40) Launch from CA

Images credit & copyright: SpaceX. Live streaming links and mission information at the bottom. Check back for updates. LAUNCH ALERT! Friday, December 22, 2017 at 17:27 PST (20:17 EST & 01:27 UTC), a previously flown SpaceX Falcon 9 (core 1036.2) … Continue reading

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A Few Classics from Mars Express

Images credit & copyright: ESA/Mars Express. The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Mars Express mission entered Martian orbit on December 25, 2003 with its lander, Beagle 2 (RIP). Although Beagle 2 landed successfully, only two of its four solar panels deployed … Continue reading

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Expedition 54/55 Crew Ready for Flight

Image credit & copyright: NASA/Joel Kowsky. Launch Alert! Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 02:21 EST (07:21 UTC & 13:21 Baikonur time) a Soyuz-FG rocket; MS-07 (ISS 53S or Soyuz 55) will lift off from Launch Pad 1/Launcher 5 (LC 1/5) at … Continue reading

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Ariane 5 to Launch 4 Galileo Navigation Satellites

Image credit & copyright: ESA/Arianespace. LAUNCH ALERT: Tuesday, December 12 2017 at 1836 UTC (13:36 EST) Arianespace will launch their massive heavy lift, Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA240 carrying four Galileo navigation satellites (19, 20, 21 & 22) from … Continue reading

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