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As Discovery is rolling out to the pad for the final time, I finalized my travel plans for watching the launch from NASA press site. SpaceflightNow has some great pictures.

Today is the 25th anniversary of the loss of Space Shuttle Challenger. Most people who were alive then remember that day vividly. I was in 8th grade (incidentally, at the same school my daughter now is in 1st grade). In the middle of the day, there was a strange announcement over the PA system. It […]

Since I am planning on waking up in, ahem, 5 hours to lead a Christmas Bird Count, I think I will be setting the old alarm clock as well as the iPhone. And the emergency alarm clock that lives in the bathroom. Yep, 1-1-11 would be a bad day to sleep in. I don’t want […]

Russia launched 31 of the 74 space launches this year. The US and China each launched 15. This cool montage of their launches shows their secret. Santa is working for the Russians. Thanks Universe Today!

Although Discovery did not launch in November, I had an amazing trip and met a great group of people. I took a ton of pictures (3000+) and really enjoyed my 100-400mm lens rental. Anyway, my photo set can be found here. Enjoy!

Absolutely stunning videos! You may want to pop this video into its own window and watch in high definition.

I am really focused on this right now. Obsessed, perhaps. Link. DATE…….WINDOW OPEN…IN PLANE……WINDOW CLOSE..DOCKING 11/30/10…03:57:46 AM…04:02:44 AM…04:07:44 AM…Flight Day 3 docking ………………………………………………………..04:10:54 AM…FD 4 12/01/10…03:35:12 AM…03:40:12 AM…03:45:12 AM…FD 3 12/02/10…03:12:36 AM…03:14:30 AM…03:19:30 AM…FD 3 ………………………………………………………..03:22:40 AM…FD 4 12/03/10…02:46:58 AM…02:51:58 AM…02:56:58 AM…FD 3 12/04/10…02:26:17 AM…02:27:11 AM…02:31:17 AM…FD 3 ………………………………………………………..02:34:26 AM…FD 4 12/05/10…01:58:44 AM…02:03:44 AM…02:08:44 AM…FD […]

I’m in Florida for the last launch of Space Shuttle Discovery. I was selected (presumably at random) by NASA to participate in a Tweetup. We’ve had a few launch delays caused by mechanical issues and weather but we are all hoping that tomorrow at 3:04:01 PM EDT Discovery will roar off the pad and we […]

Yesterday, I took a chance that NASA would call off a Kennedy Space Center landing of Space Shuttle Atlantis due to continued bad weather in Florida. I left Las Vegas at about 4:00 AM and stopped by my friend Ryan’s to borrow his 400 mm Canon prime lens. I checked the excellent updates on Spaceflight […]

Special thanks to xkcd.