Minamitane elementary school girls pose for a photo in front of their school’s sign featuring the town’s mascot “Chuta-kun”, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, Tanegashima Island, Japan. The Chuta-kun mascot rides a rocket and has guns on the side of his helmet to show the areas history as the site of the first known contact of Europe and the Japanese, in 1543 and the introduction of the gun. A Japanese H-IIA rocket carrying the NASA-Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory is planned for launch from the space center on Feb. 28, 2014. Once launched, the GPM spacecraft will collect information that unifies data from an international network of existing and future satellites to map global rainfall and snowfall every three hours.
Did you know that today marks the 15th anniversary of continuous residency at the International Space Station? More than 220 people from 17 countries have visited the International Space Station! 250 miles above Earth traveling at over 17,000mph!
On This Day - 15 years ago:
Russian cosmonauts Sergei Krikalev, left, Yuri Gidzenko, and NASA astronaut Bill Shepherd, right, are seen on the screen of the Russian Mission Control Center in the first live television of the Expedition One mission onboard the International Space Station, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2000, Korolev, Russia. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls) #15YearsOnStation #NASA #ISS #billingalls #Roscosmos #moscow #korolev
The full moon is seen as it rises near the Lincoln Memorial, Saturday, March 19, 2011, in Washington. The full moon tonight is called a “Super Moon” since it is at its closest to Earth. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)
The Orbital ATK Antares rocket is rolled from the Horizontal Integration Facility (HIF) to launch Pad-0A, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Orbital ATK’s sixth contracted cargo resupply mission with NASA to the International Space Station will deliver over 5,100 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the orbital laboratory and its crew. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls) (NHQ201610130104) #billingalls #nasa @nasa @orbital_atk #nasawallops #virginia #wallopsisland #midatlanticspaceport #rocket #antares #cygnus #oa5 #internationalspacestation (at NASA Wallops Flight Facility)
A Japanese H-IIA rocket with the NASA-Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory onboard, launches from the Tanegashima Space Center, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, Tanegashima, Japan. The GPM spacecraft will collect information that unifies data from an international network of existing and future satellites to map global rainfall and snowfall every three hours. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)
(201406300001HQ) The launch gantry is rolled back to reveal the United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket with the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite onboard, at the Space Launch Complex 2, Monday, June 30, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. OCO-2 will measure the global distribution of carbon dioxide, the leading human-produced greenhouse gas driving changes in Earth’s climate. OCO-2 is set for a July 1, 2014 launch. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)
#billingalls #oco2 #earthrightnow #longexposure #rocket #vafb #california #delta2 (at Vandenburg Air Force Base In Lompoc Ca.)
The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft launches from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 41, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, Cape Canaveral, Florida. NASA’s Mars-bound spacecraft, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, or MAVEN, is the first spacecraft devoted to exploring and understanding the Martian upper atmosphere. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls) #maven #kennedyspacecenter #florida #billingalls #launch (cropped to 1:1) (at Launch Complex 41)