Category: Flight

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Oct. 5, 1984, Launch of History-Making STS-41G Mission

The Space Shuttle Challenger launches from Florida at dawn. On this mission, Kathryn Sullivan became the first U.S. woman to perform a spacewalk and Marc Garneau became the first Canadian in space. The crew of seven was the largest to fly on a spacecraft at that time, and STS-41G was the first flight to include two female astronauts. via NASA http://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/oct-5-1984-launch-of-history-making-sts-41g-mission

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Charon in Enhanced Color

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft captured this high-resolution enhanced color view of Charon just before closest approach on July 14, 2015. The image combines blue, red and infrared images taken by the spacecraft’s Ralph/Multispectral Visual Imaging Camera (MVIC); the colors are processed to best highlight the variation of surface properties. via NASA http://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/charon-in-enhanced-color

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Good Morning From the International Space Station

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly shared this photograph on social media, taken from the International Space Station on Sept. 10, 2015. Kelly wrote, “#GoodMorning Texas! Great view of you, the #moon , and #Venus this morning. #YearInSpace” via NASA http://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/good-morning-from-the-international-space-station-0

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International Space Station

This composite image made from five frames shows the International Space Station, with a crew of nine onboard, in silhouette as it transits the sun at roughly 5 miles per second, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. via NASA http://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/international-space-station-transits-the-sun

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Testing on Deck- National Aviation Day


In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt designated August 19 as National Aviation Day in honor of Orville Wright’s birthday, directing citizens to celebrate the day with activities that encourage an interest and appreciation for aviation. NASA’s heritage in aviation research goes back more than 100 years. via NASA http://www.nasa.gov/topics/aeronautics/features/testing_on_deck.html

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Happy Birthday Orville!

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Good Morning From the International Space Station

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly took this photograph of a sunrise over the western United States and posted it to social media on Aug. 10, 2015. Kelly wrote, “#GoodMorning to those in the western #USA. Looks like there’s a lot going on down there. #YearInSpace” via NASA http://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/good-morning-from-the-international-space-station

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ISS Lost Power

The International Space Station experienced a temporary power loss Tuesday night while backup systems maintained power to critical systems. Power was restored quickly and there were no impacts to station operations and the six-member crew was always safe. Astronauts Kjell Lindgren and Kimiya Yui are training for the robotic capture next week of Japan’s fifth “Kounotori” HTV cargo ship (HTV-5). The HTV-5 will launch from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center Sunday morning and take a four day trip to the station. The duo will be inside the cupola Aug. 20 to capture the HTV-5 with the Canadarm2. Lindgren also checked on U.S. spacewalk tools while Yui cleaned and inventoried gear inside the Japanese Kibo lab module.

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Testing Hardware for Growing Plants and Vegetables in Space

Astronauts on the International Space Station continue testing the VEGGIE hardware for growing vegetables and plants in space. VEGGIE provides lighting and nutrient supply for plants in the form of a low-cost growth chamber and planting “pillows” — helping provide nutrients for the root system. via NASA http://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/testing-hardware-for-growing-plants-and-vegetables-in-space

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Space Station Lunar Transit

The International Space Station, with a crew of six onboard, is seen in silhouette as it transits the moon at roughly five miles per second, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, Woodford, VA. via NASA http://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/space-station-lunar-transit

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Round of Testing Completed on Webb Telescope Flight Mirrors

This July 11, 2015 photograph captures one of the final, if not the final, James Webb Space Telescope flight primary mirror segments to be processed through NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Calibration, Integration and Alignment Facility (CIAF). via NASA http://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/round-of-testing-completed-on-webb-telescope-flight-mirrors

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July 23, 1999, Chandra X-ray Observatory Awaits Deployment

This 70mm frame shows the 50,162-pound Chandra X-ray Observatory before it was tilted upward for its release from the Space Shuttle Columbia’s payload bay on July 23, 1999, just a few hours following the shuttle’s arrival in Earth orbit. Chandra was spring-ejected from a cradle in the payload bay at 6:47 a.m. Central time. via NASA http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/flyout/multimedia/columbia/1999-07-23-2.html

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