Posts Tagged ‘NASA’

NASA’s budget

January 11, 2012

The rise and fall of NASA’s budget is shown in this infographic:

which also manages to take on the shape of something from the future and a Star Trek vessel of some sort.

Don’t forget, of course, that if you want to see where US tax dollars are actually going, there’s lots of great images and information at the NASA website:

Satellite re-entry

September 23, 2011

Parts of the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS), deployed from the Space Shuttle in 1991, are expected to come crashing to Earth this evening. Quite where the bits will land isn’t known. James Naughtie onBBC Radio 4’s Today wanted to know if there was any way people could find out where it might come down, such as “over the Pacific or over Godalming”. Hopefully that didn’t panic the people of Godalming too much!

You can read about the UAR Satellite  here

In 2008 the European Space Agency’s Automated Transfer Vehicle “Jules Verne” re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere. Here’s a behind-the-scenes video that shows the fiery re-entry as viewed by scientists from a couple of NASA aircraft.

NASA on the Commons

August 8, 2011

We’ve previously featured NASA’s wonderful image archive here on TOTD. Now NASA has joined Flicker’s ‘The Commons’ scheme where institutions share photographs with no copyright restrictions. There are some wonderful images on here and they are all available for use in the public domain.

Photos from Space

August 26, 2010

Here is a site that was recommended to Thing of the Day with a range of photographs from Space from NASA:

Thanks to LJ for suggesting.

50 years of space exploration

November 2, 2009

Following the successful test flight of NASA’s Ares I-X rocket on 28th October, it’s interesting to see this diagram that depicts the nearly 200 lunar, solar and interplanetary space missions that have been undertaken in the last 50 years.

There’s a better image here 

[Thanks to CL for this suggestion]

Across the Universe

February 4, 2009

It is the first anniversary of NASA broadcasting the Beatles song ‘Across the Universe’ towards the Polaris star. Here’s NASA’s report on the event:

On a more sober note today is World Cancer Day to promote awarness of cancer in the hope of finding more effective treatments and a cure.

Man in the Moon

September 24, 2008

Yesterday we recommended an application that put the whole universe on your computer. Today we’re focusing are virtual telescope at our Moon.

Here you’ll find a collection of lunar maps and charts that tell the story of the Apollo moon landings. This site really brings the moon landings to life.

Space Pictures

August 28, 2008

Nasa has launced their new image archive website.


Nasa have combined 21 seperate NASA image libraries, so that all their amazing pictures are now gathered together in one place. Pictures range from the Solar System, galaxies and nebulae to astronautics and spaceflight.

The images are public domain and free to use, with high-resolution versions available to download.