To understand the purpose of this odd looking ship docked at Port Canaveral is to recognize that rocket fairings cost upwards of $6 million a piece. Until recently these important covers of the Falcon 9 rocket’s payload, protecting the payload through the thicker parts of the Earth’s atmosphere as the rocket roared upward, were simply allowed to crash at their own leisure into the ocean once they were jettisoned as the rocket moved up out of the thickest part of […]
Check out the selected photos from the launch and booster landing of the CRS-18 resupply mission to the International Space Station on 25 July 2019. Click to view gallery.
While I wait for time to work up the photos from the launch of CRS-18, here is another image taken while waiting of the massive dirt pile next to the cement plant at Port Canaveral. Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is visible on the horizon where a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched CRS-18 on its way to the International Space Station.
The storm clouds cleared away almost at the last minute to allow the CRS-18 resupply mission to the International Space Station take flight on 25 July 2019. The launch photos will have to stay dormant for awhile in the camera until at least this weekend when I can find time to work on them. In the meantime, enjoy this image of two Brown Pelicans winging their way over Port Canaveral taken while waiting for the launch.
Chances were slim the massive front of disturbed weather filled with rainstorms and lightning trekking across Florida would clear out of the area in time for the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sending a Dragon spacecraft filled with supplies to the International Space Station on 24 July 2019. As expected, the bad weather forced the rocket to remain on the ground at Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station pending its next launch attempt on 25 […]
NASA decided to quarantine the Apollo 11 astronauts and their lunar samples immediately upon opening the spacecraft hatch after splashdown on 24 July 1969 to guard against the remote possibility of the Apollo astronauts returning from the Moon infected with extraterrestrial diseases. The reverse was also true. Scientists wanted the lunar samples quarantined against any chance of contamination by terrestrial organisms to keep the lunar samples as pure as possible for study. According to NASA, “The MQF [Mobile Quarantine Facility] […]
This biological isolation garment was worn by Astronaut Buzz Aldrin upon his return to earth after his Apollo 11 flight in July of 1969. The National Air and Space Museum explains that “These garments were worn from the moment the hatch was opened after splashdown until the astronauts were sealed inside the Mobile Quarantine Facility in the unlikely case that the astronauts had been infected with some sort of extraterrestrial life form. It was expected that these suits would keep […]
The Apollo Lunar Module Simulator used by the astronauts to practice landings on the Moon while at Kennedy Space Center is now on display at the Saturn V Center at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. For Apollo 11, Commander Neil Armstrong would be standing at the controls at left, while Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin stood at right. Note the small hatch below the control panel through which they would have to crawl through to get in and out […]