Astronaut Mike Massimino Departs NASA for University Position
In a statement released today, NASA confirmed Mike Massimino has left the organisation to take up a full-time position at Columbia University. 

Astronaut Mike Massimino Departs NASA for University Position

In a statement released today, NASA confirmed Mike Massimino has left the organisation to take up a full-time position at Columbia University. 

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Evolution of the NASA space suit.

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A Study of Twins, Separated by Orbit
“When Scott Kelly returns to space next year, he will be taking part in what may be the most far-flung twin study of all time.
While circling the earth aboard the International Space Station for a full year — the longest single space adventure for any American astronaut — and after his return, scientists will closely monitor Commander Kelly to see what changes space has wrought.NASA has been studying the effects of long stays in space on astronauts for years, but this set of 10 investigations will be different: The scientists will be doing the same poking, prodding and analyzing on Commander Kelly’s identical twin brother, Mark, a retired astronaut.”
Read more from nytimes: http://goo.gl/jRmBfT

kqedscience:

A Study of Twins, Separated by Orbit

When Scott Kelly returns to space next year, he will be taking part in what may be the most far-flung twin study of all time.

While circling the earth aboard the International Space Station for a full year — the longest single space adventure for any American astronaut — and after his return, scientists will closely monitor Commander Kelly to see what changes space has wrought.NASA has been studying the effects of long stays in space on astronauts for years, but this set of 10 investigations will be different: The scientists will be doing the same poking, prodding and analyzing on Commander Kelly’s identical twin brother, Mark, a retired astronaut.”

Read more from nytimeshttp://goo.gl/jRmBfT

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Countdown (lol) to an event!

Countdown (lol) to an event!

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Vehicle Assembly Building, Kennedy Space Center

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Vehicle Assembly Building, Kennedy Space Center

graviton1066:

Astronaut candidate Eileen Collins during parachute ejection briefing   
(29-31 July 1990) — Eileen M. Collins, a USAF major and a candidate for a pilot astronaut’s position with NASA, listens to a briefing on parachute ejection. The classroom session was part of a three-day survival training course hosted by Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma. Photo credit: NASA

graviton1066:

Astronaut candidate Eileen Collins during parachute ejection briefing 

(29-31 July 1990) — Eileen M. Collins, a USAF major and a candidate for a pilot astronaut’s position with NASA, listens to a briefing on parachute ejection. The classroom session was part of a three-day survival training course hosted by Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma. Photo credit: NASA

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tarzan1941:

Various print ads featuring the Space Shuttle.

Back when the Space Shuttle was expected to fly numerous commercial flights with dozens of commercial payloads.

womeninspace:

Space Women in 2013

The earth has made yet another round around the sun. And what a year it was.

The highlight was of course the spaceflights of Karen Nyberg and Wang Yaping. Karen Nyberg launched on the 28th of may on her first long duration mission to the International Space Station. She spend a total amount of 166 days adn a little over 6 hours in space and landed safely back on earth on the 11th of November. She had the position of flight engineer and amongst other captured and docked the HTV-4 and the Cygnus capsule to the space station.

During this mission Wang Yaping also flew into space on the Shenzhou X mission to the Chinese space station Tiangong-1. The mission launched on 11th of June and lasted 14 days. She became the second Chinese woman to fly into space and the 57th women overall. On the 20th of June she gave a lesson from space which was followed by over 60 million Chinese students.

In 2013 NASA also introduced a new astronaut class, giving hope for the future. This was the first astronaut class which was composed of 50% males and 50% females.  Jessica Meir, Christine Hammock, Nicole Mann and Anne McLain were the lucky women to be picked. along with their male counterparts Tyler Hague, Victor Glover, Andrew Morgan and Josh Cassada they will be training to become the new astronauts of NASA.

NASA was not the only one with plans to send people into space. Axe held a competition to send people into space on a Lynx suborbital spaceplane. Out of the 23 worldwide winners, 2 were female. Norwegian Tale Sundlisæter and Malaysian Pirada Techavijit have succeeded to secure their seats into space. Tale and Pirada are true space enthusiast, they both studied satellite space systems and are working in the space industry. On top of that Tale is the Norwegian national point of contact for the Space Generation Advisory Council.

As it goes with live, people have also passed away this year. Most notably astrophysicist Margherita Hack passed away on June 29th. She was the first women to head the Trieste Astronomical Observatory and a passionate science advocate. There was also the loss of Jerri Truhill, female test pilot and part of NASA’s Mercury 13 program. After Mercury 13 she spent her time flying around in a pink World war 2 fighter.  

A number of the women we have seen working in space have also changed jobs. Lori Garver, previously Deputy Administrator of NASA, started work as General Manager of the Air Line Pilots Association in September. Astronaut Kathryn Sullivan was appointed Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Acting NOAA Administrator early in 2013. Canadian astronaut Julie Payette has become the Chief Operating Officer for the Montreal Science Centre. NASA Astronaut Pamela Melroy had worked for the FAA, but this year decided to join DARPA as Deputy Director of the Tactical Technology Office. Astronaut Susan Helms was nominated to become vice commander of the US Air Force Space Command, however she decided to retire, which caused the nomination to be withdrawn. 

As a last highlight of 2013 we should not forget that Sally Ride received the Presidential Medal of Freedom as well as the Space Foundations General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award posthumously.

Hopefully next year will be just as exciting. There are 2 women, Yelena Serova and Samantha Cristoforetti, scheduled for missions to the space station. And, if we’re lucky, Virgin Galactic or the Chinese will surprise us.

Happy 2014 to everyone, make it a good one!

scienceetfiction:

From the ISS live broadcast

Third picture: Look who is there to help the NASA.  Now, I know what is causing these technical troubles on the ISS: Gremlins! 

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spiritofapollo:

Leland D. Melvin and Elmo.

spiritofapollo:

Leland D. Melvin and Elmo.

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Astronauts Doug Wheelock and Aki Hoshide served as Capcoms for today’s EVA, the first of three to replace a faulty ammonia pump module.  Wheelock was one of the two astronauts who performed a similar task over several EVAs in 2010; the other astronaut was Tracy Caldwell Dyson, who provided additional commentary on NASA TV’s coverage of the EVA.

Astronauts Doug Wheelock and Aki Hoshide served as Capcoms for today’s EVA, the first of three to replace a faulty ammonia pump module.  Wheelock was one of the two astronauts who performed a similar task over several EVAs in 2010; the other astronaut was Tracy Caldwell Dyson, who provided additional commentary on NASA TV’s coverage of the EVA.

letsdolaunch:

NASA Space Shuttle: Missions And Payloads - 1980 Educational Documentary - WDTVLIVE42 (by wdtvlive42)

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