Photo of Berlin from Space, Col. Chris Hadfield
This photo, taken from about 200 miles above Earth, shows the divide between East and West Berlin due to the difference in streetlighting. East Berlin has more sodium-vapor lamps with a yellow color, Western Berlin has more fluorescent lamps.
I can see my old apartment from here.
Oh, Google, you minx.
I see what you did there, telling me that there are currently 41 people reading my blog from the control room of the international space station.
April Fool’s, indeed.
Time was, a country claimed to have launched a monkey into space and successfully retrieved it, you’d be able to believe that country.
If Iran has lied to us about this monkey, how can we ever believe Iran again about anything?
I just don’t know how we’ll be able to live in a world where the word of the government of Iran is no longer synonymous with forthrightness.
The Times has much more on IranSpaceMonkeyGate here: Iran’s space monkey triumph exposed as a fake
How many of you dreamed of becoming an astronaut?
Gotta say, the marketing folks at Oreo are doing a nice job of late.
I’m not much of a cookie eater … but, if I did eat cookies, I’d probably go buy a package to reward the creativity.
Having just typed that last sentence, it occurs to me that I might just go buy some … even if I have no intention of eating them. I bet I can then find someone who’d take them off my hands.
By the end of my second term, we will have the first permanent base on the moon and it will be American.
Newt Gingrich, in Florida, to applause.
"Does that mean I’m visionary? You betcha," he said.
You know, if he doesn’t win the nomination, he could always be Space Czar in a Romney or Santorum administration. You know whose administration definitely wouldn’t have a Space Czar?
So … if not colonizing the moon is important to you, you should really think seriously about Ron Paul’s candidacy. Right now, he’s only one out there who definitely doesn’t want the federal government establishing a moon base.
Check out this glowing ruby-red image of the Lambda Centauri Nebula, also known as IC 2944, and sometimes called the Running Chicken Nebula. The European Southern Observatory (ESO) released this image today (September 21, 2011). It’s a cloud of hydrogen, illuminated by hot, bright newborn stars, in the direction of the southern constellation Centaurus the Centaur. The Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile acquired this image.
Just when you thought the conflicting claims over Jerusalem couldn’t get any more complicated, apparently aliens are also interested in the Temple Mount/Dome of the Rock.
Perhaps, though, Israelis and Palestinians can come together to fend off these intergalactic interlopers …
HT: Jacob Colling.
This last Challenger crew was the most diverse crew to date, a group of talented, high-achieving individuals from various backgrounds and professions whose lives intersected for this particular seven-day journey. They seemed to reflect the multi-faceted face of America. They personified one of the promises of the shuttle era—that as spaceflight became more routine, more people would be able to fly in space safely, including people like Jarvis and McAuliffe, who were not part of the astronaut corps.
After 24 missions, the media and the public had grown rather blasé about shuttle launches, but the teacher in space program had drawn inordinate attention to this mission. The media turned out in force, and educators around the country arranged for their students to gather around televisions in classrooms and auditoriums to watch the big event. It was to be, in today’s lingo, a “teachable moment” that would raise awareness of spaceflight and inspire young people to dream big dreams. The intended message: “This might be you. Someday you could do this, too.”