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15 Things You Didn’t Know About Outer Space


Robert Godard at his launch shack

The Annotated Galactic Center
Credit & Copyright: Jamie Fernandez


Explanation: The sky toward the center of our Galaxy is filled with a wide variety of celestial wonders, many of which are visible from a dark location with common binoculars. Constellations near the Galactic Center include SagittariusLibraScorpiusScutum, andOphiuchus. Nebulas include Messier objects M8M16M20, as well as the Pipe and Cat’s Paw nebulas. Visible open star clusters include M6M7M21M23M24, and M25, while globular star cluster M22 is also visible. A hole in the dust toward the Galactic Centerreveals a bright region filled with distant stars known as Baade’s Window, which is visible between M7 and M8. Moving your cursor over the above image the will bring up an un-annotated version.

(via APOD)


Explanation: Get out your red/blue glasses and check out this close-up of spacesuited NASA astronaut John Olivas outside the International Space Station. Carefully constructed from two photographs (ISS020-E-038481, ISS02-0E-038482) taken during space shuttle orbiter Discovery’s latest visit to the orbiting outpost, the 3D anaglyph creates the compelling illusion that you can actually reach out and take his gloved hand. The photographer, fellow spacewalker ESA astronaut Christer Fuglesang, along with ISS structures and planet Earth’s horizon, are reflected in Olivas’ helmet visor. Last Friday, the two returned to Earth along with the rest of Discovery’s crew, landing at Edwards Air Force base in California.

Link: Apollo 11 Moon walk positioned over the Statue of Liberty

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Link: Wake up astronauts

“The wakeup song has been a part of the space program since the days of the Apollo missions, and now NASA is giving you two chances to be a part of this history! We need your help selecting wakeup songs to be played during the final missions of the Space Shuttle Program!”



This might be the most powerful case for space exploration yet.

I Want to Believe