allisnow: (etc // heart)
allisnow: (Default)
Remember when candidate Obama said this?
“We cannot cede our leadership in space. That’s why I will help close the gap and ensure that our space program doesn’t suffer when the Shuttle goes out of service by working with Senator Bill Nelson to add at least one additional Space Shuttle flight beyond 2010; by supporting continued funding for NASA; by speeding the development of the Shuttle’s successor; and by making sure that all those who work in the space industry in Florida do not lose their jobs when the Shuttle is retired – because we cannot afford to lose their expertise.”

Welcome to reality, folks:

23,000 now expected to lose jobs after shuttle retirement.
The local economic forecast tied to President Barack Obama's proposed NASA budget keeps growing bleaker.

Revised projections now show that about 23,000 workers at and around Kennedy Space Center will lose their jobs because of the shuttles' retirement and the new proposal to cancel the development of new rockets and spacecraft.

That sum includes 9,000 "direct" space jobs and — conservatively speaking — 14,000 "indirect" jobs at hotels, restaurants, retail stores and others that depend on activity at the space center, said Lisa Rice, Brevard Workforce president.

Change -- check. Hope? Not so much.


Nov. 22nd, 2009 01:04 pm
allisnow: (book // mcdevitt // polaris)
Houston, We Have a Baby: Astronaut's Wife Gives Birth
Talk about one proud papa. Astronaut Randy Bresnik is beaming with joy at the arrival of his new baby daughter, who was born late Saturday while he circled the Earth.

The astronaut announced the birth of his baby girl Abigail Sunday morning after two days of waiting for news aboard the linked shuttle Atlantis and International Space Station. His wife Rebecca had the baby in Houston Saturday night at 11:04 p.m. local time on a day that also included Bresnik's first-ever spacewalk outside the station.

"Momma and baby are doing very well," Bresnik radioed Mission Control. He thanked the flight controllers there and all of NASA for their support.

"On behalf of the planet Earth ground team, please accept our heartfelt congratulations," Mission Control said.

Bresnik and his wife had expected their daughter to be born on Friday to avoid a potential conflict with the astronaut's two spacewalks for this mission. He's due to venture back outside the station on Monday. Bresnik is just hoping for pictures soon, and lots of them.

"Hopefully, I'll be able to hear and see the pictures and be able to talk to her maybe on the [Internet Protocol] phone and see some video shortly thereafter and be home, hopefully, only a few days afterwards," Bresnik said in a NASA interview before the mission. Mission Control planned to set up a space-to-ground communications link between Bresnik and his wife so he wouldn't miss the baby's arrival.


Oct. 27th, 2009 06:28 am
allisnow: (etc // red planet)
Looks like they're getting ready to test out the Ares 1-X in about 15 minutes, if the weather holds!

FNC will have it, as well as the NASA channel (duh).

ETA: Doh! Now it's delayed again because a stupid cargo ship is in the danger zone. Stay tuned, space nerds. :-p

ETA: Not waiting after all? Holding at t-minus 4:00...
allisnow: (movie // emperor // smash it)
Jupiter Struck by Object, NASA Images Confirm

I know it's dumb, but stories like this always make me a little anxious. Not because I'm envisioning a SyFy Movie of the Week scenario where the force of the impact sets Jupiter on a collision course with Earth - and NO, Bonnie Hammer Dave Howe, you may NOT use that - but because I think it's just kinda unnerving to remember that there's all types of crap floating around in space and randomly impacting defenseless planets. And that's not even counting the aliens.


May. 14th, 2009 07:41 am
allisnow: (movie // potter // acciobrain)
I'm watching the NASA channel (you can see it here on nasatv); two of the astronauts are outside on the first spacewalk, trying to replace one of the Hubble's cameras. They're having trouble getting the old one loose, which sucks; they're having to try some different things. Problem solving in space! But the video is just so clear and it's amazing to think that there are actually two human beings floating around almost 350 miles above Earth. And they're fighting with a stupid wrench!

I should be leaving for work, but I keep watching because, dammit, I want to see if they triumph over the slipping wrench!

ETA: Ooh they're cleared to use BRUTE FORCE.

ETA: Yay they think they got it!


Mission control: Yay, we're so glad elbow grease worked. Now put the torque limiter back on.

Astronaut: Are you sure? I think I could just, you know, keep going.

MC: Yeaaaah we're glad you think that, but you need to put the limiter back on, cause it would suck if after all that you broke it.

A: Oh fine, be that way.

(paraphrased, obviously)
allisnow: (tv // bones // phalanges!)
Only the truly dorky can truly appreciate this:

Very cool!

Jul. 31st, 2008 02:55 pm
allisnow: (etc // red planet)
Confirmed: Water on Mars

The Phoenix mission will be extended and it will now start looking for... organic molecules!
allisnow: (etc // brilliant)
The Space Shuttle Discovery is set to launch in about an hour.

ETA: Success!

allisnow: (etc // red planet)
There's a very cool video on JPL's NASA site that shows "the events in mission control along with the artist's conception of the events taking place on Mars".

Here's a neat image of Phoenix descending to the surface taken by the camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Think on this, and think on it carefully: you are seeing a man-made object falling gracefully and with intent to the surface of an alien world, as seen by another man-made object already circling that world, both of them acting robotically, and both of them hundreds of million of kilometers away.

Never, ever forget: we did this. This is what we can do.

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