“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.” Neil Armstrong
Today is the 50th anniversary of America’s orbital space flight. On February 20, 1962, John Glenn was sent into orbit on an atlas rocket named Friendship 7. It was the start of the space program that would lead to Neil Armstrong’s historic walk on the moon in 1969, and many decades of the phenomenal programs and photos we have come to admire over the years. Kudos to NASA! It is also Presidents’ Day: Read my post Presidents’ Day: Facts. Fables. Nicknames & More so cheers all around. I will put together some of my favorite photos from NASA’s superb site.
“We’d never have got a chance to go outside and look at the earth if it hadn’t been for space exploration and NASA.” James Lovelock
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human to step on the moon. He and Buzz Aldrin walked around for three hours, gathering samples and planting an American flag. The work they started continued with other missions and the development and growth of NASA‘s research and educational programs. NASA’s many programs/projects are divided among ten key areas; Station and Shuttle Missions, Solar System, Beyond Earth, Commercial Space, Universe, Earth, Aeronautics, Technology, NASA in Your Life, and NASA History & People. Having these delineated sections makes it easy for us to visit and learn as much as possible about Space travel, research and achievements. I’ve added a picture or two for the sections when possible.
Solar System: NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity took these mosaic view images with its panoramic camera (Pancam) during two missions on Sept. 2 and Sept. 4, 2007
Beyond Earth: The goal of the Human Research Program is to discover best methods and technologies to support safe and productive human space travel.
“Beautiful, beautiful. Magnificent desolation.” Buzz Aldrin
Commercial Space Transportation: Developing and operating safe, reliable and affordable commercial space transportation is vital to the future of human space exploration.
Universe: This 10+ billion years old globular cluster is a deep sky object called NGC 6752 and is one of the most ancient collections of stars known. The supernova image is the oldest documented example of a supernova; created with data from four space telescopes to show a wavelength view of the remains of RCW 86. More below.
“That’s one small step for (a) man; one giant leap for mankind.” Neil Armstrong
Earth: Where on Earth…? This image is of the Rum Desert /Wadi Rum part of the Arabian Desert. The body of water is the Dead Sea. The city is Zarqa in Jordan.
Aeronautics: NASA scientists have mounted a detailed research campaign to solve a modern-day aviation mystery; the atypical combination of fire and ice inside a running jet engine. According to information on NASA’s site, ” Polar opposites attract in the puzzling case of ice crystal engine icing, where the frozen crystals can be ingested into the core of a jet engine.”
Technology: The following three major missions, NASA’s Dawn, Mars Science Laboratory and MESSENGER missions, have earned recognition for their innovations in the aviation and space category.
Discover Space Impact On Our Lives
NASA in Your Life & NASA History & People: Do you know how space exploration impacts your daily life? From household tools and electronics to breakthroughs in the scientific field, the work of NASA contributes to making our lives comfortable. Check out the link above and discover how space exploration impacts your daily life. ♥What are your thoughts? How do you view the space program? Do you remember your reaction to the man on the moon? What other discoveries fascinate you? Do share! ♥Happy ♥Presidents’ ♥Day ♥To ♥You! Thank you.
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Positive Motivation Tip: Space travel has become ubiquitous because, long ago, someone imagined the impossible and pursued it. Reach for the stars… You might find a supernova.
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos Friendship 7, MOON WALK Aldrin in 1969, Juno spacecraft, Rover Opportunity, Rocketlaunch, Atantis Shuttle, Jupiter Montage, Globular star cluster, Oldest Supernova, Frozen Propeller, Where On Earth?, NASA Missions,SR 70, via NASA, Apollo 4 launch, via Wikipedia Or via Flickr