Photo 26 Sep 104 notes scinote:

To Infinity and Beyond

Boeing and SpaceX have both been awarded contracts by NASA to fly astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). Ever since NASA retired its space shuttle fleet in 2011, it has been relying on the Russian Soyuz capsule to fly astronauts to the ISS, an arrangement that was meant to be temporary until NASA’s chosen commercial partners under the Commercial Crew Development Project could supply it with a private spacecraft.
Well, with the strained US-Russia relations in recent months, the timing couldn’t have been better! Boeing is a well-known Chicago-based aerospace company known for its commercial and military aircraft. On the other hand, Hawthorne-based SpaceX is a startup run by Paypal cofounder and visionary Elon Musk.
This new development is very significant as it could be the beginning of a new era in space exploration. Until recently, only governments could afford to build and fly spacecraft, but now, private companies are starting to get in on some of the action. In fact, SpaceX has actually already made history before. In 2012, the very year after the shuttles retired, SpaceX became the first private company to launch a spacecraft to dock with the ISS.
With private companies now able to send astronauts and cargo to low-earth orbit destinations like the ISS for relatively low cost, NASA and other government agencies will be able to put more funding into more ambitious exploration missions to uncover even more about our universe.
To read more about the contracts, click on this link.

Submitted by Aram H., Discoverer.
Edited by Peggy K. 

scinote:

To Infinity and Beyond

Boeing and SpaceX have both been awarded contracts by NASA to fly astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). Ever since NASA retired its space shuttle fleet in 2011, it has been relying on the Russian Soyuz capsule to fly astronauts to the ISS, an arrangement that was meant to be temporary until NASA’s chosen commercial partners under the Commercial Crew Development Project could supply it with a private spacecraft.

Well, with the strained US-Russia relations in recent months, the timing couldn’t have been better! Boeing is a well-known Chicago-based aerospace company known for its commercial and military aircraft. On the other hand, Hawthorne-based SpaceX is a startup run by Paypal cofounder and visionary Elon Musk.

This new development is very significant as it could be the beginning of a new era in space exploration. Until recently, only governments could afford to build and fly spacecraft, but now, private companies are starting to get in on some of the action. In fact, SpaceX has actually already made history before. In 2012, the very year after the shuttles retired, SpaceX became the first private company to launch a spacecraft to dock with the ISS.

With private companies now able to send astronauts and cargo to low-earth orbit destinations like the ISS for relatively low cost, NASA and other government agencies will be able to put more funding into more ambitious exploration missions to uncover even more about our universe.

To read more about the contracts, click on this link.

Submitted by Aram H., Discoverer.

Edited by Peggy K. 

Video 16 Sep 25 notes

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The youngest start system in our galaxy is the Pleiades cluster. Formed within the last 100 million years, so even some early dinosaurs never saw them. At a distance 424 light years away, there are easily recognised on a clear night (northern hemisphere in summer)  in the constellation of Taurus.

Photo 14 Sep 265 notes greggorysshocktheater:

Destination Moon (1950) 

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Destination Moon (1950) 

Photo 13 Sep 5 notes cruze-n:

Laniakea: Our Home Supercluster of Galaxies Image Credit: R. Brent Tully (U. Hawaii) et al., SDvision, DP, CEA/Saclay
 Explanation: It is not only one of the largest structures known — it is our home. The just-identified Laniakea Supercluster of galaxies contains thousands of galaxies that includes our Milky Way Galaxy, the Local Group of galaxies, and the entire nearby Virgo Cluster of Galaxies. The colossal supercluster is shown in the above computer-generated visualization, where green areas are rich with white-dot galaxies and white lines indicate motion towards the supercluster center. An outline of Laniakea is given in orange, while the blue dot shows our location. Outside the orange line, galaxies flow into other galatic concentrations. The Laniakea Supercluster spans about 500 million light years and contains about 100,000 times the mass of our Milky Way Galaxy. The discoverers of Laniakea gave it a name that means “immense heaven” in Hawaiian.

cruze-n:

Laniakea: Our Home Supercluster of Galaxies Image Credit: R. Brent Tully (U. Hawaii) et al., SDvision, DP, CEA/Saclay

Explanation: It is not only one of the largest structures known — it is our home. The just-identified Laniakea Supercluster of galaxies contains thousands of galaxies that includes our Milky Way Galaxy, the Local Group of galaxies, and the entire nearby Virgo Cluster of Galaxies. The colossal supercluster is shown in the above computer-generated visualization, where green areas are rich with white-dot galaxies and white lines indicate motion towards the supercluster center. An outline of Laniakea is given in orange, while the blue dot shows our location. Outside the orange line, galaxies flow into other galatic concentrations. The Laniakea Supercluster spans about 500 million light years and contains about 100,000 times the mass of our Milky Way Galaxy. The discoverers of Laniakea gave it a name that means “immense heaven” in Hawaiian.

via wolfdancer.
Photo 1 Sep 1,154 notes the-wolf-and-moon:

Horse of The Stars

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Horse of The Stars

via NASA.
Video 27 Aug 1,842 notes

huffingtonpost:

This Genius Project Would Create Tiny Homes For People Making Less Than $15,000 A Year

The city of Portland, Oregon, is nearing approval of construction for tiny home communities on public land in order to house homeless and low-income residents.

Learn more about these small homes that will make a big difference here. 

(Source Nonprofit Micro Community Concepts & TechDwell)

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Photo 20 Aug 166 notes danismm:

The IBM 7030, also known as Stretch, was IBM’s first transistorized supercomputer. Originally designed to meet a requirement formulated by Edward Teller at Lawrence Livermore, the first example was delivered to Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1961, and a second customized version, the IBM 7950 Harvest, to the National Security Agency in 1962.

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The IBM 7030, also known as Stretch, was IBM’s first transistorized supercomputer. Originally designed to meet a requirement formulated by Edward Teller at Lawrence Livermore, the first example was delivered to Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1961, and a second customized version, the IBM 7950 Harvest, to the National Security Agency in 1962.

Photo 12 Aug 10,513 notes georgetakei:

Oh Myy:

Just saying.
Photo 8 Aug 677 notes themagicfarawayttree:

Mars

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