Nationalgeographic.com’s Space Shuttle in Extreme Detail shows Discovery’s flight deck with a new 360 panorama. NASA’s space shuttle Discovery is set to go into its new permanent home at the Smithsonian Institution. Once the spaceship is settled into the museum, the institution intends to seal up Discovery indefinitely. However, NASA and the Smithsonian plans to install panorama kiosks of Discovery’s interior and payload bay sometime this May. In the meantime, you can explore the flight deck of Discovery, with a 2.74-gigapixel, zoomable image—equivalent in resolution to about 340 pictures taken with an 8-megapixel iPhone camera.
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Universetoday.com has photos from Kennedy Space Center’s launch pad 39 A, where space shuttle Endeavour was launched on May 16th for its final mission. Endeavour and her six man crew will deliver the $2 Billion Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer – a particle physics detector searching for dark matter, dark energy and antimatter – to the International Space Station during a 16 day mission that will include 4 spacewalks. After the conclusion of its final mission, Endeavour will be decommissioned and will go the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum for display.
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Published December 7, 2010
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Tags: airglow, Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, NASA, New York, Ohio, Philadelphia, Space shuttle, space station
Environmentalgraffiti.com has published a gallery of incredible photographs taken from the space station and space shuttle missions by NASA. The photos show cities around the world lit up at night with certain photos showing a phenomenon called “airglow”, which is a white light or glow outlining the curvature of the earth. Pictures of American cities include a nice shot of the east coast with Philadelphia, New York and Connecticut; another excellent image shows Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana with airglow.
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Gizmodo.com has posted an HD Video Tour of the International Space Station. Construction of the International Space Station began in 1998 and should be completed by 2011. The space station is currently the largest artificial satellite orbiting the Earth. Space shuttle Endeavour lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center on February 8th, carrying a a third connecting module for the space station. This latest mission will mark the 32nd shuttle flight to the International Space Station.
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