Saturday, December 21, 2013

Winter (UPDATED) , Spacewalking Astronauts, Apollo 8

Hey Space Placers!

Winter began for the Northern Hemisphere at 12:11 p.m. EST and marks the shortest day of the year for us. Tomorrow the Sun begins its climb higher in the sky to summer in six months. Here in Virginia we will likely set new high temperature records today and tomorrow - downright weird folks.

Check out this NASA photo of the seasons - very cool - 1st time I have seen this from a space view:

The International Space Station (ISS) astronauts are finishing their 1st spacewalk to repair the faulty ammonia cooling valve - see my earlier blog. The have actually removed the faulty module. Two remaining spacewalks are planned.

Apollo 8 left for the Moon 45 years ago today at 7:51 a.m. EST. I will have a special blog on December 24th on Apollo 8.

As the Holiday Season gets into full swing may you and yours have a safe and enjoyable time together.

Sky Guy in VA

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