Traveling at a top speed of .7-mile-per-hour, the mobile launcher made its inaugural trek along the crawlerway to Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad 39B for a quick fit check during late August and early September 2018. Key systems being checked out over the next several days include ensuring the water suppression systems align and the environmental control system that provides air and gaseous nitrogen purges to the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket through the umbilicals hooks up properly with the […]
The mobile launcher (ML) is the ground structure that will be used to assemble, process and launch NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft from Launch Pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center for missions to deep space destinations, such as the Moon, Mars and beyond. The SLS, topped by the Orion spacecraft, will be stacked atop the mobile launcher while inside the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). Afterward the mobile launcher will be moved by the crawler-transporter over four […]
The plaque which the Apollo 11 astronauts left behind on the Moon, which was attached to the ladder on the landing gear strut on the descent stage of the Lunar Module. The plaque was signed by the three Apollo 11 astronauts and President Richard Nixon. (Photo Credit: NASA)
The second full Moon of January 2018 rose into a cold, iron blue sky at dusk with clouds scudding by blocking the view every now and then. The Moon rises on the eve of a lunar eclipse happening at dawn the next day, 31 January, with the Earth’s shadow just starting to darken the Moon’s face before the Moon sets in the west, at least in what is viewable of the event from Florida. People on the west coast of […]
With the constellation of Orion visible in the sky, the past weekend’s so-called “supermoon” illuminates the Indian River Lagoon and the slow moving clouds in this nighttime time exposure from the Fort Pierce waterfront looking southward.
Views of the solar eclipse of 21 August 2017 as seen from the pollinator garden at Audubon House at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area. While totality swept across the continental United States, thrilling millions, down low on peninsular Florida the Moon only eked out a partial eclipse. While totality may have eluded us, this example of heavenly bodies moving stately through their paths in the cosmic clockwork was spectacular in its own right. The Moon made first contact with the […]
The Moon passed through the edge, the penumbra, of Earth’s shadow leading to a very subtle lunar eclipse on 10 February 2017. A trio of photographs show the progression, which was far more apparent to the camera than it was to the human eye. To paraphrase Jack Kerouac, the Moon, big sad face of infinity.