Permanent musical accompaniment David Bowie- Space Oddity Original Video (1969).
For here am I sitting in my tin can
Far above the world
Planet Earth is blue
And there’s nothing I can do
This is so cool! The Jetsons predicted that we would have flying cars by now, and here it is. SpaceX successfully launches the world’s most powerful rocket, the Falcon Heavy, as it sends a Tesla on a path near Mars:
SpaceX successfully launched what is now the world’s most powerful rocket Tuesday, a towering behemoth known as the Falcon Heavy that tore through the sky with the thundering force of 18 Boeing 747 jetliners.
Lifting off at 3:45 p.m. from the same launchpad that sent the crew of Apollo 11 to the moon, the rocket sent up a mountain-sized plume of smoke and a rattling roar across Florida’s Space Coast, where thousands gathered to watch. The mission represented the first test of the massive rocket, powered by 27 engines in three first-stage boosters that are essentially strapped together.
The maiden flight also marked the first time a privately financed venture ever attempted to launch a rocket so powerful that it was capable of hoisting a payload out of Earth’s orbit. As a promotional stunt, SpaceX founder Elon Musk loaded the Falcon Heavy with his own cherry-red Tesla Roadster carrying a spacesuit-clad mannequin named “Starman” in the driver’s seat. Musk said he planned to send the convertible, built by another one of his companies, into an orbit around the sun that would take it near Mars.
Free MLK Day Screenings!
MONDAY, JANUARY 15 AT 11 a.m. and 7:30PM | FREE ADMISSION, Loft Cinema at 3233 E. Speedway Blvd, in Tucson
Special thanks to our community partner, Tucson Black Film Club.
Join us for either of two free screenings of Hidden Figures on MLK Day.
“Meet the women you don’t know behind the mission you do. The Oscar-nominated Hidden Figures tells the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson, Empire), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer, The Help) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe, Moonlight) – brilliant African-American women working at NASA in the early 1960s, women who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in American history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.
This visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire future generations to dream big. Also starring Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst and Mahershala Ali, with music by Pharrell Williams.”(Dir. by Theodore Melfi, 2016, USA, in English, 127 mins., Rated PG)
NASA’s New Horizons Mission to Pluto had a successful flyby of the dwarf planet today. NASA has to wait for the data transmission to arrive later today to develop the close-up photos of Pluto and its moon Charon, some photos will be available on Wednesday. Pluto up close: Spacecraft apparently makes successful flyby:
In a day of both jubilation and tension, scientists waited anxiously Tuesday for NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft to send word across 3 billion miles and confirm it got humanity’s first up-close look at Pluto.
All indications were that the craft successfully made its flyby, and a cheering, flag-waving celebration swept over the mission operations center in Maryland. But confirmation was not expected to reach Earth from the edge of the solar system for another 13 hours, or about 9 p.m. EDT.
Guests and New Horizons team members countdown to the spacecraft’s closest approach to Pluto, Tuesday, July 14, 2015.
The unprecedented encounter was the last stop on NASA’s grand tour of the planets over the past half-century. New Horizons arrived at the small icy world after an epic journey that began 9½ years ago, back when Pluto was still considered a full-fledged planet.
“This is truly a hallmark in human history,” said John Grunsfeld, NASA’s science mission chief. “It’s been an incredible voyage.”
When I was in grade school making a mobile of the solar system for science class, Pluto was the ninth planet. Yeah, that was a long time ago.
Things have dramatically changed since then. Is Pluto a planet? The answer may surprise you:
NASA’s New Horizons mission will fly by Pluto [on July 14th, 2015. The New Horizons spacecraft will zip past Pluto and its five known moons], after spending nearly a decade in space. Pluto, as you may recall, was stripped of its planetary title back in 2005, for reasons that some scientists think are bogus. Now, they’re hoping to welcome Pluto back to the planetary club.
In 2005, scientists discovered a large, rocky object close to Pluto. The discovery of Eris put scientists in an intergalactic pickle—should they make Eris the tenth planet in our solar system, or sacrifice Pluto and make them both dwarf planets? Because Eris is larger than Pluto, it would be inconsistent for scientists to leave well enough alone.
In 2006, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) finally reached a decision.