Saturday, 12 September 2009

Watch Discovery "drops" in and lands.

There's nothing prettier than watching the space shuttle land. Sure, it drops like a rock, a piano, a safe; but when the vehicle makes the final turn and lines up with the runway, and then the commander sticks the landing like Rick Sturckow did tonight, it's a work of art. If you missed the landing in real time, here's a great video of Discovery's landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California, at 5:53 PDT on Friday, ending the 14-day mission to the International Space Station.

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Just How Good is the "New" Hubble? Let's Compare

Hubble images of the Omega Centauri starfield from 2002, left, and from 2009, right.
"This marks a new beginning for Hubble," said Ed Weiler, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate at today's press briefing at NASA Headquarters to showcase the images from Hubble following Servicing Mission 4. "The telescope was given an extreme makeover and is now significantly more powerful than ever — well equipped to last well into the next decade."

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Top 10 (or so) Images from STS-128

Christer Fugelsang during the third EVA of STS-128. Credit: NASA

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