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SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Goes Vertical at LC-39A

Images credit & copyright: SpaceX. Things are heating up at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) as on the morning of Thursday, January 3, SpaceX rolled out their beautiful, long awaited Crew Dragon (Dragon 2) to Launch Complex 39A on Falcon 9 booster B1051.1. … Continue reading

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Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 6217

Image credit & copyright: NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. This incredible image of barred spiral galaxy NGC 6217 was the first image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope after the completion of STS-125 Atlantis’s Hubble Servicing Mission 4 (HSM4). This galaxy … Continue reading

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SpaceX Iridium 8 from CA

Images credit & copyright: SpaceX and NASA. Press kit usually comes out a day before launch. LAUNCH ALERT! Friday, January 11, 2019 at 07:31 PST (10:31 EST & 15:31 UTC) a SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 (core B1049.2) will be launching … Continue reading

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January’s Total Lunar Eclipse

Images and illustrations credit & copyright: Eclipse images are mine and illustrations are via Sky & Telescope. Head’s up! On Sunday, January 20, and into the morning of Monday, January 21, 2019, the Earth will pass directly between the Sun … Continue reading

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Christmas Tree Nebula (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 2018 thus far and let’s finish strong with something a little seasonal.  The Christmas Tree Cluster (also called Christmas Tree Nebula) is cataloged … Continue reading

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Comet Lovejoy from Station

Image credit: NASA Dan Burbank. On December 21 & 22, 2011 while onboard the International Space Station (ISS) as a member of Expedition 30, NASA astronaut Dan Burbank caught these incredible images of Comet C/2011 W3 Lovejoy after it had … Continue reading

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Blue Origin New Shepard 10 Launch

Images credit & copyright: Blue Origin. Gradatim Ferociter “Step by Step, Ferociously!” (Tentatively scheduled for early 2019; more information forthcoming) Blue Origin will be launching their New Shepard suborbital launch vehicle for the 10th time. This flight, designated (NS-10) will … Continue reading

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