NASA concept art, 1978: “Two proposed solar polar spacecraft, nested atop the Space Shuttle’s Solid Spinning Upper Stage, begin a voyage to the Sun’s polar regions by way of Jupiter. The spacecraft, one designed and built by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the second by the European Space Agency, would be launched in 1983. Jet Propulsion Laboratory would have management responsibility for the U.S. spacecraft and would be control center for the mission.” (via)
I love NASA concept art, especially that of the space shuttle.
Trailblazing Women You May Not Know (But Should): Ellen Ochoa
Each week, the Lean In tumblr will spotlight women who made a lasting mark on the world — yet didn’t always end up in the history books. This week we celebrate Ellen Ochoa, the first Latina astronaut.
Ellen Ochoa was 11 when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon. Years later, she would become the first Latina to head into space — but she would never have believed that at the time. There were no female astronauts when she was growing up; at the University of San Diego, where she attended college, a professor told her to steer clear of engineering because the classes would be too difficult. "I never considered being an astronaut as an option because when I was growing up there were no female astronauts," she said.
And yet she graduated with a degree in Physics, and went on to receive a doctorate in electrical engineering. In 1990, she was selected from more than 2,000 applicants to enroll in NASA’s engineering training program; she made her first trip into space on the Discovery in 1993, where she made history as the first Latina astronaut.
Now 55, Ochoa made history again this year by becoming the first Hispanic director of the Johnson Space Center, NASA’s primary center for design, development, and testing of spacecraft systems. She says her goal there is what it always has been: “Trying to push the boundaries, trying to get to the next level.”
(Photo Credit: NASA/Getty Images)
The International Space Station, the largest co-operative project ever carried out in science, turned 15 years old today!
Here are some cool facts (via @NASA):
- Thetravels an equivalent distance to the Moon and back in about a day.
- More than 136 space flights were conducted on 7 different types of launch vehicles to construct the
- 68 countries have been involved in raboard the
- There are 52 computers controlling the numerous systems on the.
- The US solar array surface area on theis large enough to cover 8 basketball courts.
- Theweighs almost 1 million pounds (including visiting spacecraft) and has more livable space than a 6-bedroom house.
Happy birthday ISS
Several years ago, this mosaic of Yuri Gagarin—the Soviet Union’s first cosmonaut to enter space—was completely painted over during the restoration of this building, in Karaganda. Fortunately, this artwork was later recovered and restored.
(7 Feb. 2013) — Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata (left), Expedition 38 flight engineer and Expedition 39 commander; along with Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin (center) and NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio, both Expedition 38/39 flight engineers, attired in Russian Sokol launch and entry suits, take a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose for a crew portrait. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center