Showing posts with label Washington DC. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Washington DC. Show all posts

Monday, August 05, 2013

Jeff Bezos buys the Washington Post

Jeff Bezos buys the Washington Post

Wow. I wonder what the creator of Amazon, Blue Origin and Bezos Expeditions sees the future of paper newspapers to be.  WaPo is currently profitable and is considered to have significant political clout. Like most news outlets, it also has a robust web presence. It will be interesting to see how it evolves under Bezos' leadership.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

How to see the Antares launch from far afield (updated)

The launch today was scrubbed...but the graphics below should be useful whenever it goes up!

NASA Wallops is estimating the probability of a 5PM launch this evening to be a mere 45% due to the cloud cover. Looking out my back window, it appears that the estimate is optimistic. However, it is always possible that the weather at Wallops could clear while it is still overcast here locally. The Washington Post published a couple of graphics that should help you spot it.  Here, it should be visible in the southeast at about 10 degrees elevation starting about 3 minutes after launch. I don't know how visible it will be in daylight. The night launch of the Minotaur-1/ORS-1 in June 2011 was visible here but wasn't easy to see. Luckily, the Antares is a much bigger rocket so it should be brighter.

Launch coverage begins at 4PM on NASA TV.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Christmas tree goes boom

When I first saw this out of the corner of my eye on the evening news, I thought that either the Lost smoke monster had attacked or a test flight for MDRA's annual Christmas tree launch had CATO'ed.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Links roundup

More from the old news department....

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Nation bids farewell to Neil Armstrong

I think the attached image is a fitting tribute to Neil. It is the stained glass 'Space Window' in the National Cathedral, which was the site of today's ceremony. On July 21, 1974, Neil, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins delivered a sample from the lunar Sea of Tranquility to the Cathedral for inclusion in the window. You can read more about the window on NASA's site.

You can see more about Neil Armstrong's memorial service on the Cosmic Log. Ad astra!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Links roundup

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Today, the Space Shuttle Discovery, perched atop the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), buzzed DC on its way to Dulles Airport and its final resting place in the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center. We fought the traffic, eventually parking on the curb of  the traffic circle just before you enter DC from Arlington via the Memorial Bridge.  That turned out to be a great location - the Shuttle passed almost directly overhead a few times!

There are tons of photos that are better than mine, so I only included a few.  Below my photos are links to other photo sources.

Discovery Ready For Mate-Demate Device (KSC-2012-2099)Discovery Ready For Mate-Demate Device (KSC-2012-2107)Discovery Readied For Mate to SCA (KSC-2012-2218)Discovery Mated To Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (KSC-2012-2292)Crews Prepare Cranes For Discovery's Arrival (201204160001HQ)Shuttle Discovery Reagan Airport Fly-Over (201204170041HQ)
Space Shuttle Discovery DC Fly-Over (201204170042HQ)Space Shuttle Discovery DC Fly-Over (201204170043HQ)Space Shuttle Discovery Dulles Fly-Over (201204170021HQ)Space Shuttle Discovery DC Fly-Over (201204170045HQ)Space Shuttle Discovery DC Fly-Over (201204170006HQ)Space Shuttle Discovery Landing (201204170024HQ)
SpotTheShuttle2012, a gallery on Flickr.

The gallery embedded above holds photos by other people, which I have 'favorited'.  Initially, all the photos are from NASA Headquarter's photostream.

Photos are also being collected in the Space Shuttle Discovery group.

Rocketeer Todd Harrision posted his most excellent photos to Facebook (may require membership):

Some via WaPo's Capital Weather Gang.

National Geographic

Video: The Spacegasmic Shuttle Fly-Over of 2012DCist

Whew, I think that's enough!  When The Big Picture inevitably posts their album, I'll separately post the link.  If you see it and I haven't posted it, please let me know!

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Feed reader stars, tweets and other interesting links (long form edition)

Today, the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore named a huge database of astronomical observations the Barbara A. Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST).  Senator Mikulski has long been a champion for NASA and space science in general.  Way to go Senator Mikulski!  (Oh yeah an exploding star was also named for her, but I saw no specifics about that on

Also today, NASA's T-38 training jets buzzed Washington D.C. Without the Shuttle, I guess they are left to photo ops?  However, the photos were pretty awesome.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

NASA v. NASM: Different approaches to mating (and demating)

Flickr user james_gordon_los_angeles (click image to see his photo stream) recently posted the following photo of the Shuttle Mate-Demate Device (MDD) at the Shuttle Landing Facility, Kennedy Space Center, Florida. NASA has (had?) three of them, all with different designs. James has more into attached to his photo.

Shuttle Mate-Demate Device (MDD) at the Shuttle Landing Facility, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

The next photo shows the Space Shuttle Enterprise being off loaded at Dulled Airport back in 1985 (Photo credit: NASA).  United Space Alliance personnel are currently practicing lifting Shuttles using this slightly more conventional gear (they still use the custom sling).  Later this month, Shuttles will be delivered to Dulles, New York, and Los Angeles.  You can read more about the process here and more about the arrival of Discovery at Dulles/NASM here.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Feed reader stars, tweets and other interesting links

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Don't mess with Air and Space (the Museum, that is)

A group of protesters, possibly affiliated with the Occupy DC movement, reportedly tried push past security with signs and other paraphernalia that isn't allowed inside.  DC and Park Police were called and there may or may not have been macing of said protesters.  The upshot is the museum was closed and tonight's events were cancelled.  Occupy DC says they weren't affiliated with their group.  "Your assignment, should you chose to accept it.....If maced, we will disavow any knowledge of your actions." (via DCist)

Friday, December 03, 2010

Robert Goddard and the Smithsonian

The NASM's AirSpace blog explores the relationship between Dr. Goddard and the Smithsonian, including a look at some of their current exhibits.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A snapshot of the U.S. Naval Observatory

DCist provides an interesting peek inside the USNO.  Blogger Heather Goss documents a recent tour, from the 12" Alvin Clark refracting telescope that was built in 1892, to original works by Tycho Brahe, to the clock room where you see every piece of timing equipment used throughout history (except for the current operational hydrogen masers).  I have never been on this tour, but it is now on my list.  The USNO web site has information about tours and events.