Lunar Orbiter Spots Apollo Landing Sites

This photo of the Apollo 14 landing site was taken recently by the camera aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. To give you an idea of size, the landers measured 21 feet high by 14 feet in diameter. For a more expansive view, click here. Credit: NASA photos It had to happen. Somebody would send a satellite…
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Hoedown At Dawn

Tomorrow morning the 18th, the moon will be in conjunction with the planet Mars while at the same time hovering near the Seven Sisters star cluster (Pleiades), Venus and Aldebaran in Taurus the Bull. The chart shows the sky during early morning twilight as you look northeast. Created with Stellarium. Are you morning skywatchers feeling ignored lately? I…
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Steeped In Summer Star Clusters

An earlier photo of the underside of one of the shuttles showing the mosaic of heat-shielding tiles that protect the craft and astronauts during extreme heat of re-entry. Some of the tiles on the belly of the shuttle Endeavor were hit by ice during liftoff yesterday. Credit: NASA With the successful shuttle liftoff, we’ll now have…
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Persistence Pays Off

  The space shuttle Endeavor takes off right on time at 5:03 p.m. Central time Wednesday evening from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Credit: NASA/Jeffrey Marino    After so many weather delays, it was a thrill to see the shuttle successfully liftoff this evening. Now we can watch Endeavor gradually approach the International Space…
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Mosquito In Orbit

July is the prime month for mosquitos in our part of the world. If you go out unprotected under the night sky, be prepared to lose the will to look up. Your concentration will be fixed instead on the whining bugs orbiting your head. I always bring along repellant but you still have to put up with…
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