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IJN Hatsuse steaming through the open swing bridge, at Newcastle Upon Tyne. Around 1899-1901.

Built at the Armstrong-Whitworth, Elswick Works.

Hatsuse was a Shikishima Class Battleship and her story began immediately after completion in 1901. When sailing for Japan she was to represent the Meji Emperor, at the funeral of Queen Victoria.

Hatsuse was not to wait long before seeing battle, for just three years after her completion, began the Russo-Japanese War. At the Battle of Port Arthur Hatsuse was to take two direct hits, loosing seven crew and seventeen injured.

It was on May the 14th, 1904 that disaster would strike the Hatsuse. For acting as flagship, with Admiral Nashiba aboard, Hastsuse along with the Yashima (posted earlier) and several smaller ships, made for Port Arthur to relieve a Japanese blockading force. But Hatsuse hit first, one mine, which disabled her steering, to which Yashima responded and subsequently struck a mine. The Hatsuse then drifted into a second mine igniting a magazine, killing 496 crew and sinking the ship. The Captain of the Hatsuse and the Admiral and 334 crew were however saved by the Tatsuta and Kasagi, who came to their aid.

 MOMMY soundtrack ; 10 (+ 2 from the trailer) tracks from Xavier Dolan’s Mommy

01. “Childhood” - Craig Armstrong // 02. “Building A Mystery” - Sarah McLachlan // 03. “White Flag” - Dido // 04. “Colourblind” - Counting Crows // 05. “On Ne Change Pas” - Céline Dion // 06. “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” - Eiffel 65 //07. “Vivo Per Lei (feat. Giorgia)” - Andrea Bocelli // 08. “Wonderwall” - Oasis // 09. “Experience” - Ludovico Einaudi // 10. “Born To Die” - Lana Del Rey // 11. “Counting Stars” - OneRepublic // 12. “Anything Could Happen” - Ellie Goulding

NASA’s first completed Orion crew module sits atop its service module at the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Facility at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The crew and service module will be transferred together on Wednesday to another facility for fueling, before moving again for the installation of the launch abort system. At that point, the spacecraft will be complete and ready to stack on top of the Delta IV Heavy rocket that will carry it into space on its first flight in December. For that flight, Exploration Flight Test-1, Orion will travel 3,600 miles above the Earth – farther than any spacecraft built to carry people has traveled in more than 40 years – and return home at speeds of 20,000 miles per hour, while enduring temperatures near 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

IJN Battleship Yashima

Seen steaming past the swing bridge at Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1896, after being constructed and fitted out by Armstrong-Whitworth at their Elswick site.

Yashima went on to see action during the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905 where it took part in the Battle of Port Arthur in May of 1904. It was to strike a mine on the 15th of May and sank whilst under tow and after the crew had disembarked.


NASA’s Orion Spacecraft Nears Completion, Ready for Fueling

NASA is making steady progress on its Orion spacecraft, completing several milestones this week at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for the capsule’s first trip to space in December.

Engineers finished building the Orion crew module, attached it and the already-completed service module to the adapter that will join Orion to its rocket and transported the spacecraft to a new facility for fueling.

“Nothing about building the first of a brand new space transportation system is easy,” said Mark Geyer, Orion Program manager. “But the crew module is undoubtedly the most complex component that will fly in December. The pressure vessel, the heat shield, parachute system, avionics – piecing all of that together into a working spacecraft is an accomplishment. Seeing it fly in three months is going to be amazing.”

Finishing the Orion crew module marks the completion of all major components of the spacecraft. The other two major elements – the inert service module and the launch abort system – were completed in January and December, respectively. The crew module was attached to the service module in June to allow for testing before the finishing touches were put on the crew module.

The adapter that will connect Orion to the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket was built by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. It is being tested for use on the agency’s Space Launch System rocket for future deep space missions.

NASA, Orion’s prime contractor Lockheed Martin, and ULA managers oversaw the move of the spacecraft Thursday from the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building to the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at Kennedy, where it will be fueled with ammonia and hyper-propellants for its flight test. Once fueling is complete, the launch abort system will be attached. At that point, the spacecraft will be complete and ready to stack on the Delta IV Heavy.

Orion is being built to send humans farther than ever before, including to an asteroid and Mars. Although the spacecraft will be uncrewed during its December flight test, the crew module will be used to transport astronauts safely to and from space on future missions. Orion will provide living quarters for up to 21 days, while longer missions will incorporate an additional habitat to provide extra space. Many of Orion’s critical safety systems will be evaluated during December’s mission, designated Exploration Flight Test-1, when the spacecraft travels about 3,600 miles into space.

TOP IMAGE….The Orion crew module, stacked atop its service module, moved out of the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Sept 11. Orion was transported to the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at Kennedy where it will be fueled ahead of its December flight test. During the flight, Orion will travel 3,600 miles into space to test the spacecraft systems before humans begin traveling in Orion on future missions.
Image Credit: NASA/Dan Casper

LOWER IMAGE….The Orion crew and service module stack made a 20 minute trip from the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Sept. 11, 2014, to the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility.
Image Credit: NASA/Dan Casper


The Orion crew module for Exploration Mission-1 is moved to a test stand for pressure testing in the Neil Armstrong Operations & Checkout Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.