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Birthday in Space

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Happy Birthday to NASA! The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is 56 years old this October 1st, created by the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958. And it’s been a wild and crazy time with astronauts orbiting the Earth, going off to visit the Moon, and now living in space year round aboard the International Space Station. NASA robots are exploring the Solar System, investigating the planets, landing on Mars and driving on its surface, and a few robot explorer spacecraft are even now leaving the Solar System and heading off into interstellar space, becoming the farthest manmade objects ever to leave the Earth. Kudos to NASA for all its far-flung achievements with an eye out for what fantastic things NASA’s future will bring.

The image is an old photo I took of the inside the Lunar Lander simulator used by the Apollo astronauts to practice landings on the Moon. The simulator is on display at the Saturn V Center at Kennedy Space Center. The view through the windows has been doctored with a telescopic view of the Moon taken from my backyard.

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