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Amazing time lapse video November 14, 2011

Posted by Marie in Bad Astronomy, ISS, Photography, Space shuttle.
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Just take 5 minutes of your time to watch our planet in this time-lapse video made from footage taken by astronauts on the International Space Station.  Best if you maximise.  It’s am-a-zing!

Thanks to @badastronomer for tweeting it.

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Increasing the awesome June 8, 2011

Posted by Marie in ISS, NASA, Photography, Space shuttle.
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Paolo Nespoli lived and worked on the International Space Station from December 2010 until May 2011.  On his departure from the ISS, he took this awesome video of the station, including the docked Space Shuttle Endeavour, on its final mission.

Most definitely increasing the awesome.

Wake up, Discovery, time to boldly go … March 7, 2011

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This morning, as the space shuttle Discovery prepared to leave the International Space Station and return to Earth for the last time ever, a very special wakeup call was provided to the crew.

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[Video from NASA]

Space Shuttle Discovery’s last launch February 26, 2011

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Discovery launches.

Image credit: NASA/Jeff Marino Feb. 24, 2011

On Thursday evening (UK time), the space shuttle Discovery lifted off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the last time before being retired from NASA’s fleet.

It was a bit of a nail-biter, because the Range Safety Officer polled a ‘no-go’ during countdown due to a computer fault.  The issue was rectified with just two seconds to spare! – had this not happened, the launch would have been postponed – again.

But Discovery did, indeed, take off, and it’s worth viewing the video footage as it’s quite spectacular.

The shuttle is taking six crew members, a robonaut (R2),  some spare parts, and a ‘module’  to the International Space Station, which will be like a new room or an extension to the ISS.  (Wonder who chooses the wallpaper?)

Crew member Nicole Stott (@Astro_Nicole) and Robonaut (@AstroRobonaut) will be tweeting from the ISS with their updates.

A few lucky air travellers actually had an unexpected but fantastic view of the launch from the window of their flight from Florida, and shared it on YouTube.  Be amazed!

A week of two halves January 9, 2011

Posted by Marie in Bad Astronomy, BBC Stargazing Live, ISS, Look up, Sun.
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I’m choosing the above as my title for this post because my first full week of astronomy in 2011 has been exactly that – the first half inspiring and packed full of new things, the second half totally washed out. 😦

Or maybe that should be clouded out!  Although the moon made a brief appearance yesterday evening (Saturday 8th Jan), for most of the week the sky was actually covered in cloud, and there was nary a star or a planet to be seen.  Most disappointing.

Particularly as I, like many millions across the country, had been inspired by BBC’s Stargazing Live, three nights of live programming from just up the road at Jodrell Bank.  I loved watching this (except for the parts with Jonathan Ross :-D) to such an extent that, on Thursday at 8pm, I felt strangely bereft that there was no programme!

The programme advised of a partial solar eclipse, meteor shower, and planets in the sky, but as I couldn’t see any of them, instead I enjoyed images produced by others.  The most amazing one for me was of the International Space Station passing in front of the sun at the time of the eclipse.  I’d love to put the picture on here because it did make me go WOW!  But I don’t want to infringe any copyright, so here’s the link to the Bad Astronomy blog where I first saw the image – I do urge you to have a look, because it’s a-ma-zing!

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