Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Monday, November 4, 2019

ARTEMIS 1 CLOSER TO LAUNCH!

Hey Space Placers!


CREDIT: NASA

Two more RS-25's have to be attached to complete the main engines of Artemis 1.

Can hardly wait to see those candles get lit!

Sky Guy in VA

Thursday, October 31, 2019

A COSMIC HALLOWEEN

Hey Space Placers!


BOOOOOOOOOO..........




Arp-Madore 2026-424
Credit: NASA HST

And perhaps most ghoulishly famous of all in the known Cosmos........

SPOOKY THE HALLOWEEN ASTEROID.......


And for those of you who want to enjoy the ultimate Cosmic Halloween thrill, tune in to Orson Wells' 1938 "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast.


And finally........

You may not know that Halloween is in fact an ASTRONOMICAL HOLIDAY.  It has ancient historical roots that have passed down to us.

Enjoy the night sky tonight on Halloween......

Sky Guy in VA

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

DATE SET FOR BOEING STARLINER ORBITAL TEST FLIGHT

Hey Space Placers!

BIG NEWS!

NASA and Boeing recently announced that December 17, 2019, will be the anticipated launch date for Orbital Flight Test -1 of Boeing's CST 100 Starliner. It will be an uncrewed mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

This is a critical step forward for NASA's Commercial Crew Program which was designed to return human spaceflight capability to NASA via commercial partners Boeing and SpaceX/

Boeing's Orbital Flight Test - 1 CST 100 Starliner Being mated to its Service Module.
Credit: Boeing via Ars Technica.com
Both Boeing and SpaceX are way behind schedule in returning American human spaceflight capability to NASA since the Space Shuttle was retired in 2011. A successful mission of Starliner would be a huge step forward.

I will be at sea in the South Pacific when the planned launch date occurs but I will be watching!

Sky Guy in VA


Sunday, October 27, 2019

MEET VIPER!

Hey Space Placers!

Meet NASA's newest mission to explore the Moon - VIPER.



Slated for December 2022 this lunar water prospector will go to the lunar South Pole to map water ice that we know exists there.

Going to be interesting to see if a lander and this mission can meet such an ambitious deadline. I certainly hope it does.

Sky Guy oil VA