Filled with more than 5,900 pounds of @NASA cargo and research materials, Dragon was captured by @ISS crew members and attached to the orbiting laboratory earlier this week for its month long stay. This Dragon previously completed its first mission to the International Space Station two years ago this month in support of SpaceX's 9th resupply mission
The @spacex Dragon cargo craft launched today at 5:42 a.m. EDT carrying more than 5,900 pounds of new science experiments, crew supplies and station hardware. Dragon will arrive at the space station Monday at 7 a.m #nasa#spacex#dragon#space#station#science#elonmusk
Why would the shadow of a space shuttle launch plume point toward the Moon? In early 2001 during a launch of Atlantis, the Sun, Earth, Moon, and rocket were all properly aligned for this photogenic coincidence. First, for the space shuttle's plume to cast a long shadow, the time of day must be either near sunrise or sunset. Only then will the shadow be its longest and extend all the way to the horizon. Finally, during a Full Moon, the Sun and Moon are on opposite sides of the sky. Just after sunset, for example, the Sun is slightly below the horizon, and, in the other direction, the Moon is slightly above the horizon. Therefore, as Atlantis blasted off, just after sunset, its shadow projected away from the Sun toward the opposite horizon, where the Full Moon happened to be
Crew Dragon is at NASA's Plum Brook Station testing facility in Ohio, home to the largest thermal vacuum chamber in the world, to demonstrate its capability to withstand the extreme temperatures and vacuum of space. Once complete, Crew Dragon will travel to Kennedy Space Center in Florida ahead of its first flight.
Stunning emission nebula IC 1396 mixes glowing cosmic gas and dark dust clouds in the high and far off constellation of Cepheus. Energized by the bright, bluish central star seen here, this star forming region sprawls across hundreds of light-years spanning over three degrees on the sky while nearly 3,000 light- years from planet Earth. Among the intriguing dark shapes within IC 1396, the winding Elephant's Trunk nebula lies just below center. The gorgeous color view is a composition of digitized black and white photographic plates recorded through red and blue astronomical filters. The plates were taken using the Samuel Oschin Telescope, a wide-field survey instrument at Palomar Observatory, between 1989 and 1993.
He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed. -Albert Einstein
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Tomorrow, SpaceX is launching its Falcon 9 rocket complete with SES-9 communications satellite on board. Because of the speed necessary to blast this reusable rocket into orbit, it's impossible for the rocket to land safely without smashing to smithereens. So, how do they plan on landing it safely? Well, it involves a barge...and the Atlantic Ocean. This is SpaceX's fourth attempt at landing a rocket on an Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship in the middle of the ocean, but each time they've gotten closer and closer to a successful landing. One possible issue? Florida weather may be a bit of a bummer, with a low pressure front moving in and giving SpaceX wind and clouds to deal with. If we here at @Science know one thing about Elon Musk, it's that he doesn't mind a challenge. #science#space#satellites#spaceX#elonmusk#florida