Yup, the Chinese decided to surprise everyone with the launch of a Long March 4b, according to this NASASpaceflight.com article. I can’t even imagine the hullabaloo this created on our SBIRS (Space Based Infrared System) operators if this rocket’s intense heat source was really not expected. Imagine seeing something emerge from a not-so-friendly country–something big that […]Read More Surprise Chinese launch places another “experimental” satellite in orbit
Fresh from Twitter, and the Google Lunar XPRIZE website, here are a few interesting posts. The posts contain stories and videos of five different teams and their activities as they pursue the Google Lunar XPRIZE. For those who don’t know what this particular prize is–here’s the explanation straight from their “Prize Details” page: The Google […]Read More Interesting stories about the teams that are pursuing XPRIZE
Well, “the reflex”-ive answer is “Nowhere, of course!!” But what does happen to space launch facilities once a program goes away? Maybe some people “save a prayer” for them,” but in most of the modern world, facilities tend to be reused. Space launch complex-6 (SLC-6) at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, is a good example […]Read More Buran Buran: when notorious space programs die on planet earth, where do the buildings go? Rio?
Popular Mechanics posted this article and these pictures of an old Soviet spacesuit factory. According to the article, the Tomilino, Russia-based factory is still manufacturing things (but doesn’t really say spacesuits, specifically). They apparently manufactured spacesuits for cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin–and for dogs named Laika, too. The toilet looks, um, functional. Related articles Skydiver record could affect spacesuit […]Read More Russian spacesuits, showers, and toilets for space operators
Phil Plait (The Bad Astronomer) is a writer whose work I enjoy reading and he just twittered his posting of Ms. Marian Call singing “Good Morning Moon.” It’s space-related in that they filmed this at Noordwijk’s Space Expo, the visitors center for the European Space Agency’s (ESA) European Space Research and Technology Center (ESTEC) in the […]Read More Start the day with “Good Morning Moon”