Contraband corned beef

Or the time John Young got investigated by Congress for smuggling a corned beef sandwich into space on Gemini 3. » 3/26/15 12:05pm Thursday 12:05pm

Have a ZIL-49061 pic

Photos taken from this article and courtesy of NASA. There are more pictures to be had in the article, but I do need to include this one of the Soyuz capsule on the ground. Just in case you were wondering just how violent and hot a reentry is, here is what a space capsule looks like after landing. I wonder how long… » 3/26/15 11:01am Thursday 11:01am

This Date in Planelopnik History: 1965

March 23, 1965 marks the launch of the first manned Gemini rocket. The Gemini III spacecraft, nicknamed Molly Brown, was flown by Gus Grissom, command pilot, and John W. Young, pilot. They orbited the Earth three times. The flight demonstrated that the astronauts could change orbit, remain in space for at least two… » 3/23/15 4:24pm 3/23/15 4:24pm

What Am I?

Provide your guesses below. Edit: the Oct 1965 date is a big hint. Edit 2. McMike got it... That is the Apollo 6 Command Module. It is on display at the Fernbank Science Museum in Atlanta. We took the kids to the planetarium there this morning. After it flew it was pretty well scavenged by NASA including all the… » 3/14/15 11:50am 3/14/15 11:50am

Live Long and Prosper

International Space Station astronaut Terry Virts (@AstroTerry) tweeted this image of a Vulcan hand salute from orbit as a tribute to actor Leonard Nimoy, who died on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Nimoy played science officer Mr. Spock in the Star Trek series that served as an inspiration to generations of scientists,… » 2/28/15 2:41pm 2/28/15 2:41pm

Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Mojave' Site on Mount Sharp

This is a remarkable photograph, and to truly appreciate it, you must go to the NASA site and view it in insanely high resolution. The detail on the rover is unbelievable. And before all you conspiracy theorists get your panties in a wad, the photograph is a mosaic of pictures taken by the robotic arm with the arm… » 2/25/15 9:40am 2/25/15 9:40am

This Date in Planelopnik History: 1977

On February 18, 1977, the Space Shuttle prototype Enterprise was flown on top of NASA's 747, known as the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), for the first time. In this first of five "captive-inactive" flights, the Shuttle was unmanned, and engineers tested the flight characteristics of the mated aircraft. The rear of… » 2/18/15 11:09am 2/18/15 11:09am

Space-geek musician trying to buy notorious Star Trek van 

Remember this van? Yeah, the one Torchinsky wrote about earlier this month. With Spock, and boobies. Well, the story got a lot more interesting today. » 2/11/15 7:08pm 2/11/15 7:08pm

Happy galaxies are happy

The smiley face illusion is caused by strong gravitational lensing. The hugely massive galaxies making up the "eye's" are bending the light from galaxies behind distorting it into the smile and sides of the face. » 2/11/15 9:20am 2/11/15 9:20am

"The future doesn't belong to the fainthearted..."

"...it belongs to the brave." The words of President Ronald Reagan after Space Shuttle Challenger was lost on this day in 1986. » 1/28/15 9:06am 1/28/15 9:06am

Naked Gemini

If you have ever visited a facility that had a NASA Murcury, Gemini or Apollo spacecraft they are typically encased in acrylic. This is to prevent damage due to dust or people touching them. We were at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum today and they were doing some work in there. Because of that work they had the… » 1/17/15 4:43pm 1/17/15 4:43pm

The Future Of SpaceFlight

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