Posts filed under “space”

Lunar Eclipse of October 2014

I got up early enough to catch this morning’s lunar eclipse from the roof, but sadly did not make it to the Capitol in time for my original plan, to catch an eclipsed moonset with the DC skyline. Still, it was a lovely total lunar eclipse to start off the morning. I also tried collecting […]

Miles O’Brien Loses an Arm

I’ve been a fan of journalist Miles O’Brien since his early days as a space reporter at CNN (following the untimely death of previous space reporter John Holliman). O’Brien recently lost his left arm to amputation, due to complications from acute compartment syndrome after a freak bag accident. He’s written a frank and moving piece […]

ISS and SL-16 R/B

Got a little bonus with my ISS flyover long exposure on Friday 12/27: an SL-16 R/B (spent Russian Zenit rocket booster) orbiting from North to South faded in and crossed paths over the station: This was one of my best ISS long exposures thus far, on a nice, clear night with no wind, with camera […]

ORS-3 Launch

Orbital Sciences launched a Minotaur 1 rocket from Wallops last night, carrying ORS-3: an Air Force satellite, two experimental payloads, and several small cubesats, including TJ3Sat, a small satellite developed by students at a local high school. We went up to the roof to watch the launch from Fairfax. I made the mistake of using […]

Sunday Cygnus, Falcon, Proton

Sunday was a big spaceflight day. First, the commercial Cygnus spacecraft (which was launched from Wallops Island, VA on the 18th by an Antares rocket just like the one I watched in April) docked with the space station on a demo resupply mission for NASA. I got up early in the morning to try and […]

ISS Tours

“ISS Tours”, a video playlist of inside tours of the International Space Station by NASA, ESA, and Roscosmos astronauts and cosmonauts through the years, compiled by myself after scouring YouTube. You’ve seen how I see the ISS from the ground, and now you can watch how crew members in orbit see it from inside. The […]

Recent ISS Captures

The visible part of the International Space Station’s orbit has lately taken it over our area early in the morning, and as we get up at 5AM every day now, I’ve had several opportunities to photograph ISS flyovers from the parking garage roof deck. (The LADEE launch photo was a great encouragement.) First two attempts […]

LADEE Launch

On Friday night, 6 Sep 2013, NASA launched LADEE, a small robotic spacecraft designed to study the moon’s tenuous atmosphere. LADEE was lofted into space by a five-stage solid-fueled Orbital Sciences Minotaur V from Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, VA (which I had previously visited for the launch of Antares, another Orbital Sciences rocket). […]

ISS and Supermoon

The moon is at perigee, so it’s closer in its orbit and a bit bigger in the sky — a phenomenon popularly called “Supermoon.” Some nice ISS flyovers were lined up for the nights the moon was fullest, so I was able to set up the camera on the roof for a couple of 30 […]

Recent Reading

Linkdump of space-related articles that have recently caught my interest: ARKYD Space Telescope Kickstarter. I didn’t think Planetary Resources, being funded by millionaires, would need to resort to crowdfunding, but really it seems more a public relations project than a plea for cash. And participatory fundraising can be an effective publicity and education tool — […]