Iranian president sworn in, sahur on the road around Jakarta, the Zeppelin NT in Paris and more in today’s daily brief.
International Space Station
Jam session in space? Here’s an outer space version of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” from Chris Hadfield, Canadian astronaut and Expedition 35 Commander, who is currently living on board the International Space Station. Hadfield leaves the ISS for Earth Monday. On his Twitter @Cmdr_Hadfield, which has ballooned to 824,605 fans following his journey, he writes: “With deference to the genius of David Bowie, here’s Space Oddity, recorded on Station. A last glimpse of the World.”
Hadfield’s video has had more than a million views since it was posted Sunday.
May 12 Photo Brief: Pakistan’s general elections, astronauts in space, Rock ‘n’ Roll Weekender in England
Pakistanis turn out to vote in general elections, astronauts makes repairs in space, Rock ‘n’ Roll Weekender in England and more in today’s daily brief.
In the early days of space flight, the pictures harvested by the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) were blurry gray images that resembled a bad weather map. With the advent of new technology and better platforms to photograph from, such as the space shuttle and International Space Station, NASA is able to provide us with an amazing viewpoint of Earth.
In honor of Earth Day, view memorizing photos of the blue planet from space.
Two days from now, the International Space Station (ISS) will gain three new tenants, Kevin Ford of the U.S. and Russia’s Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin. The trio took off early this morning aboard the Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for their five month stay in low-earth orbit. After docking, the new crew will immediately be put to work conducting a spacewalk for repairs and preparing SpaceX’s Dragon capsule for its descent back to Earth.
Last night, SpaceX launched more than 1,000 pounds of supplies bound for the International Space Station on the first of 12 missions in its 1.6 billion USD contract with NASA. The Dragon capsule, propelled by a Falcone9 rocket, will join up with the station in three days bringing clothing, equipment and more science experiments.
UPDATE: Ars Technica is now reporting that one of the nine rockets on the Falcon 9 may have exploded before reaching orbit. Follow that story HERE.
Sept. 17 Photo Brief: Occupy Wall Street anniversary, Formula One Singapore Grand Prix, Vladimir Putin Peak
Occupy Wall Street movement marks one year anniversary, racers get ready for Formula One Singapore Grand Prix, Vladimir Putin Peak and more in today’s daily brief.
UPDATE: Today at 9:56 a.m. eastern time, the SpaceX Dragon capsule was grabbed by a robotic arm from the International Space Station about 250 miles above northwest Australia. The Dragon is carrying 1,200 pounds of cargo for the Space Station crew including food, clothing and science experiments, one of which originated from Maryland’s own Paul Warren, an 11th-grader at Henry E. Lackey High School in Indian Head.
Led by CEO, and PayPal founder, Elon Musk, SpaceX is now the first private company to send a spacecraft to the International Space Station. With its successful launch on Tuesday and subsequent docking later today, the Falcon 9/Dragon capsule has ushered in a new era in space travel now that NASA has retired its fleet of space shuttles.