Posts Tagged ‘space’

Godspeed, John Glenn: 50 Years of Americans in Orbit

On February 20, 1962, perched atop an Atlas rocket, John Glenn was blasted into space at 17,500 miles per hour.  He splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean about five hours later, having orbited the Earth three times, the first American to do so.

Our most recent video for Time.com is a tribute to John Glenn, NASA, and 50 years of Americans in orbit. I wrote it, Tara Fredette was cameraman, and Jim Fields edited.

Godspeed, John Glenn…

Link:
http://www.time.com/time/video/player/0,32068,1461672138001_2107230,00.html 

My Love Affair with Space

On the eve of the final mis­sion of NASA’s – and the nation’s – 30-year-long space shut­tle pro­gram, I present to you a video love let­ter – my newest piece for Time Magazine’s web­site, where­in Tara and I jour­ney to Flori­da to wit­ness our first launch.  STS-133, in Feb­ru­ary, was the last mis­sion of space shut­tle Dis­cov­ery…

Click for big­ger ver­sion at Time.com

Link:
My Love Affair with Space on Time.com

Videos for Time Magazine

You can eas­i­ly access all the sci­ence videos I’ve made for Time Magazine’s web­site at this link – the results from a search on my name (Bri­an Mal­ow) at Time.com.

Vega Next 3 Exits

Oops…  I must’ve tak­en a wrong turn at Arc­turus…

Vega Next 3 Exits

From the Wikipedia entry on Vega:

Vega is the bright­est star in the con­stel­la­tion Lyra, the fifth bright­est star in the night sky and the sec­ond bright­est star in the north­ern celes­tial hemi­sphere, after Arc­turus.  It is a rel­a­tive­ly near­by star at only 25.3 light-years from Earth, and, togeth­er with Arc­turus and Sir­ius, one of the most lumi­nous stars in the Sun‘s neigh­bor­hood.

Vega has been exten­sive­ly stud­ied by astronomers, lead­ing it to be termed, “arguably the next most impor­tant star in the sky after the Sun”.[8] His­tor­i­cal­ly, Vega served as the north­ern pole star at about 12,000 BCE and will do so again at around 14,000 CE. Vega was the first star, oth­er than the Sun, to have its pho­to­graph tak­en and the first to have its spec­trum pho­tographed. It was also one of the first stars to have its dis­tance esti­mat­ed through par­al­lax mea­sure­ments.

Also:   Vega became the first star to have a car named after it when Chevro­let launched the Vega in 1971. 

Odyssey Moon Eyes Lunar X Prize

Odyssey Moon is making a bid for the Google Lunar X Prize:

 

From their website:

Odyssey Moon is the first team to complete registration for the $30M Google Lunar X PRIZE competition. The company made its first public debut on December 6th, 2007, at the Space Investment Summit in San Jose, California, unveiling its plans to make history with the first private robotic mission to the surface of the Moon and win the Google Lunar X PRIZE. The inaugural Odyssey Moon mission will involve a unique small robotic lander designed to deliver scientific, exploration and commercial payloads to the surface of the Moon.

 
Good luck! The more the merrier!

There’s a promo video on their website but a longer version is available on YouTube:

 

And the X PRIZE Foundation’s own video from last year explains their “incentivized competition,” inspired by the $25,000 Orteig Prize which Charles Lindbergh won for the first non-stop flight between New York and Paris:

 

Vega

Oops.  I think I took a wrong turn…

Vega