Forty-five years ago, the Apollo 15 mission landed on the Moon to take rock samples for research. That same year, the Soviet Union and the United States both attempted to launch space stations that would orbit Earth. The Soviets took the lead with Salyut 1.

What were the other space exploration milestones achieved in the creation of the International Space Station?


Very strange things happen to your body if you spend a year in space

NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly returns to Earth Tuesday night after spending almost a year in space.

But his 340 days aboard the International Space Station (ISS) haven’t been all fun and games.

Our bodies evolved on Earth, so they’re not built for weightlessness — which is exactly why NASA plans to use Kelly to study the long-term effects of spaceflight the human body.


NASA is streaming LIVE NOW from the ISS.



the view from the international space station, some 250 kilometres above earth. travelling at nearly 2900 kilometres an hour, it orbits the earth every ninety minutes. consider that if the earth was the size of a basketball, our atmosphere would be as thick as a sheet of paper. the reds and greens you see illuminating our atmosphere is the result of airglow (though in some of these it’s also the aurora). for more on airglow, see this post.

Giveaway and Satellite Crowd Funder!

Giveaway/raffle, WIN a FREE telescope! We will select one winner and give away a Celestron 21035 70mm Travel Scope: And help support our effort launch a satellite!

To enter the UGA Small Satellite Research Lab’s giveaway all you have to do is:

  • Reblog this post (so we can get your name)
  • Liking the post will enter you a second time!
  • Following the small sat lab on tumblr will enter you a third time!
  • Following the small sat lab on twitter will enter your a fourth time (just tweet your us tumblr user name at us and tell us how cool you think space exploration is)!

Help Our Crowdfunded to build a spacecraft! Help us build a spacecraft!

We’re Crowdfunding a satellite! Donate at!

We’ll be sending a Satellite to the international Space Station in 2018! We just need help building the ground station!

The Donation Rewards:

If you have donated larger amount you will also get all the benefits of the lesser amounts! Be sure when you visit that you include your information so that we can get in contact with you!

  • $5 - You will entered in the telescope raffle 2 more times and will receive a signed thank you card in the mail from the lab!
  • $10 - You will receive a signed certificate of space exploration from the UGA Small Satellite Research Laboratory
  • $25 - You will receive a mission patch of your choosing (our NASA patch has yet to be designed but the MOCI patch is below)
  • $50 - You will receive both mission patches!
  • $100 - We will give you a UGA Small Satellite Laboratory tee-shirt! Special made for supporters of our campaign!
  • $250 - We will tweet at you from space! once a month! (or you can control the message that you send!)
  • $500 - You will receive a plaque commemorating your participation in the development of our spacecraft!
  • $1000 - We will engrave your name on the side of our satellite!
  • Remember, you get ALL of the benefits of lower donations if you donate a higher one!

Please Help Us Out! We are partnered with NASA and will be sending a satellite to the International Space Station in 2018, but we do not have the money to build a ground station yet!

We have 2 3U cube satellites! The image below is the patch for our Mapping and Ocean Color Imager (MOCI). We are also building the SPectroscopic Observatory of Coastal regions (SPOC), is this is the satellite that will be launched to the International Space Station!

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The Crowdfunded and raffle end on July 31, 2016, after that it will take us 20-30 days to send out all the rewards! Donate at! Feel free to message us or ask us any space questions you may have!

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One of the renderings of our satellite: