"For miles and miles."

NASA #TBT: the launch of STS-134.

Photographed from a shuttle training aircraft, space shuttle Endeavour and its six-member STS-134 crew head toward Earth orbit and rendezvous with the International Space Station. Liftoff was at 8:56 a.m. (EDT) on May 16, 2011, from Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. STS-134 will deliver the $2 billion dollar Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) to the ISS, along with additional spare parts for the Dextre robotic helper inside the station.

STS-134 is the final spaceflight for Endeavour.  


Astronaut Francis “Dick” Scobee, May 19, 1939- January 28, 1986.

"We have whole planets to explore. We have new worlds to build. We have a Solar System to roam in. And if only a tiny fraction of the human race reaches out toward space, the work they do there will totally change the lives of all the billions of humans who remain on Earth…"


Ads for teaching materials related to the return of Comet Halley from 1985 issues of Science Teacher magazine. I don’t know if you can read the text, but “Comet Halley Returns!” is a film narrated by Alan Shepard.


Okay, so these are all screenshots from “Space For Women”, a 1981 NASA documentary I found in the National Archives online database. It contains a lot of spooky music and weird hippie-ish narration by Ricardo Montalban. (“Welcome, to Fantasy Island!”)

The first picture is Anna Fisher preparing for underwater EVA training, and the others are of an Enterprise landing test. After that, we see pretty much all of Group 8 examining the Enterprise, so I’ll screenshot those cameos next. 

Did you know the first people to ride KSC’s Shuttle Launch Experience were actual astronauts? I didn’t. 

I really get a kick out of John Young’s expression here. He just looks like this cute little mellow old man, maybe like a professor or somebody. 

Also, Bob Crippen, Rick Searfloss, Charlie Bolden and Norm Thagard. And that’s just the front row, NASAimages doesn’t ID everyone in the back. 

  • (The following conversation occurred while Erin and I were waiting in line to buy tickets at the American Museum of Natural History on Thursday, as described in the last post.)
  • Me (to man with STS-41-G patch on his messenger bag):"Nice patch! Where'd you get that?"
  • Guy:"Oh, this? I got it years ago at NASA."
  • Me:"Which center?"
  • Guy:"Oh, the one in... Dallas?"
  • Erin:"Houston?"
  • Guy:"Right, Houston."
  • Me:"The Johnson Space Center."
  • Guy:"Right. They said it was a special one, but I don't remember why."
  • Me:"That's STS-41-G. It was Sally Ride's second flight--"
  • Erin:"--and John McBride's first--"
  • Me:"--and the first mission with two women--"
  • Erin:"--and the first time an American woman spacewalked--"
  • Me:"--and it was in the IMAX film 'The Dream is Alive'!"
  • Guy:"Wow, I didn't know all that. Thanks for telling me."
  • Everybody else in line (mentally):"Weirdos."
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I found this while looking for something else, and now present it as a reward to all 125 of my followers!

So, here you guys go, an amusing commercial for Taster’s Choice coffee based around (I think) STS-1 that gets microgravity slightly wrong. 

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Stephen Kay— The Challenger.

This is an awesome song and I really love it.

Like I said when I posted this last year, in this description of the creation of the song, the singer says that there’s a “coded message” in the radio communications part at the end, and I’m pretty sure it must be that the beeps are Morse Code, but I don’t know Morse. 

Do any of my followers?