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Spacewalkers Go to Work to Expand Station

Friday October 26, 2007
STS-120 Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski and Doug Wheelock kicked off STS-120’s first spacewalk at 6:02 a.m. EDT to prepare Harmony for removal from Discovery’s payload bay. The excursion is scheduled ... Read More

Expedition Crews Work Together

Tuesday October 16, 2007
The newly arrived Expedition 16 crew members are familiarizing themselves with life aboard the International Space Station as Expedition 15 nears the end of its mission. Image at Right: Flight Engineer ... Read More

Michael Farmer and the Meteorite of Peru

Friday October 12, 2007
Alan Boyle, of MSNBC's Cosmic Log, likened it to an Indiana Jones movie. Michael Farmer, himself, called it "Another day in the life of a meteorite hunter," but says he ... Read More

Space Nerds

Thursday October 11, 2007
There should be no doubt that "Nerd" is the new "Cool." Just check out the new season of television. NBC has "Chuck," about the manager of a computer maintenance group called ... Read More

Expedition 16 in Orbit, Heads to Station

Wednesday October 10, 2007
Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko and spaceflight participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor are in orbit and on their way to the International Space Station. Their Soyuz TMA-11 ... Read More

Space Shuttle

Wednesday October 10, 2007
The Space Shuttle has been the work horse of NASA. NASA's Space Shuttle program was begun in the 1970s, to create reusable craft for transporting cargo into space. Previous space ... Read More

Meteorites Everywhere - Including the Car Trunk

Tuesday October 9, 2007
On this date in 1992, thousands of people in the Eastern United States witnessed a bright fireball and heard sonic booms as the fireball passed through the Earth's atmosphere. It ... Read More

Neptune on Triton's Horizon - Featured Picture of the Week

Friday October 5, 2007
It's back! After a long hiatus, the Featured Picture of the Week has returned. This week, we have a great image for you. This composite illustration is of the planet Neptune, as ... Read More

Happy Birthday Robert Goddard

Friday October 5, 2007
Sometimes known as the father of modern rocketry, Robert Goddard was born on this date in 1882 to Nahum Danford Goddard, a businessman, and Fannie Hoyt Goddard. He first drew attention ... Read More

Today - 50 Years of Space Exploration

Thursday October 4, 2007
History changed on October 4, 1957, when the Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik 1. The name comes from a Russian word for “traveling companion of the world.” The world's first artificial ... Read More

Sex in Space?

Wednesday October 3, 2007
Down below, in my Blog, when I mention "Expedition 16 Crew to Launch from Baikonur," Thomas posted a comment with a question. He says, "I always wondered, is sex possible in ... Read More

Another Star Trek Asteroid

Wednesday October 3, 2007
According to the Planetary Society, George Takei (In the Center, in the picture to the right), Commander Sulu of the Star Trek television series and movies, has become the latest ... Read More

45 Years Ago Today - Launch of Mercury-Atlas 8

Wednesday October 3, 2007
Wally Schirra was one of the seven Mercury Astronauts named by NASA in April 1959. On October 3, 1962; he piloted the six orbit Sigma 7 Mercury flight; a flight ... Read More

Expedition 16 Crew to Launch from Baikonur

Tuesday October 2, 2007
Commander Peggy Whitson and Cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko of the 16th International Space Station crew are scheduled to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at about 10:21 a.m. EDT on ... Read More

Halloween in Space

Tuesday October 2, 2007
It's October, time for ghosts and ghouls, black cats and witches. Many of us truly enjoy Halloween, let's discover some spooky sights and sounds. The days and nights may be busy, ... Read More

Discovery at Launch Pad

Monday October 1, 2007
Space shuttle Discovery arrived at Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center yesterday, resting on the hardstand by 1:15 PM. The shuttle began its slow 3.4-mile journey to the ... Read More

Happy Birthday NASA

Monday October 1, 2007
As we celebrate 50 years of space exploration during October of this year, we also celebrate the 49th anniversary of NASA. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), had beginnings based ... Read More

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